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Engines — Elizabeth
Ginns Britten, Capt. Ken Kreisler, and Capt. Patrick Sciacca
2004 Engines Preview
While Mercury MerCruiser has no new gasoline inboards or stern drives, the engine manufacturer continues to offer 12 gasoline stern-drive powerplants from 135 hp to 425 hp and seven gasoline inboards from 260 hp to 420 hp.
In addition, MerCruiser’s larger engines—the 496 MAG High Output and 496 MAG stern drives, MerCruiser 8.1S High Output, and 8.1S Horizon—can be outfitted with MerCruiser’s Digital Throttle and Shift (DTS) system. DTS links the engines and throttles via a single data cable and enables a host of handling benefits via actuator motors that open and close the throttle and operate the shift linkage. The first benefit is reportedly a throttle response time of 0.3 seconds. Another is the elimination of mechanical cables, leaving nothing to stretch or wear out every few seasons. DTS also reduces jerky throttle adjustments.
MerCruiser/Mercury Marine Phone: (920) 929-5040. www.mercurymarine.com.
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This article originally appeared in the December 2003 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.