Released in 2019, Mercury Racing‘s 450R high-performance outboard engine has been named to the 2020 Boating Industry Magazine’s Top Products list.
The seventh-annual list, which was officially announced today, includes 50 of the marine industry’s best new and innovative products selected by the editors of Boating Industry. To be eligible for consideration, products or services must be introduced or significantly updated since January 2019.
Mercury Racing and Mercury Marine are devisions of Brunswick Corporation, the world’s largest manufacturer of pleasure boats, marine engines, and accessories.
“We want to thank Boating Industry for selecting the Mercury Racing 450R as a Top Product for 2020,” said Dave Foulkes, Brunswick Chief Executive Officer. “Product leadership is at the core of our success and remains a key element in our strategic growth initiatives. We have the most robust product portfolio in the industry and we are honored to win this award and congratulations to everyone at Mercury Racing who helped to make this possible.”
In February, the Mercury Racing 450R earned 2020 Innovation Award from the National Marine Manufacturers Association. The 450R impressed judges from Boating Writers International with its combination of unrelenting performance, technology features and styling, each intended to enhance the performance boating experience.
Launched in June, 2019, the Mercury Racing 450R writes a power prescription that combines unprecedented acceleration and top-speed potential with rugged reliability and the latest technology from Mercury Marine. The Mercury Racing 450R features a 4.6-liter V8 FourStroke powerhead boosted by an exclusive Mercury Racing supercharger to produce 450 peak propshaft horsepower and 439 ft. lb. of torque—40% more torque than the previous Mercury Racing outboard benchmark—from an outboard that weighs as little as 689 pounds (313 Kg), the best power-to-weight ratio in the high-performance outboard category. The Mercury Racing 450R delivers all of its performance on readily available 89-octane (95 RON) pump fuel.
“The Mercury Racing 450R set a new benchmark for outboard performance and design,” said Stuart Halley, Mercury Racing general manager. “Its inclusion as a Boating Industry Top Product acknowledges the creative talent and the engineering and manufacturing prowess of the entire staff at Mercury Racing, where we always run Wide Open.”
Seven different products from a number of Brunswick Corporation brands won Boating Industry‘s Top Products Awards:
• Mercury Racing 450R
• Sea Ray SLX-R 400e
• Bayliner Trophy Series
• Crestliner AP-X Hull
• Harris Solstice
• CZone Contact 6Plus
• Mastervolt: CombiMaster Inverter/Charger
Brunswick Boat Group won four awards; Power Products’ brands took home two awards for its digital switching and electrification products.
“Brunswick and its brands continuously push the limits of recreational boating. From new hull designs like the AP-X hull from Crestliner to new engines such as Mercury Racing’s 450R, all the way to the technology-marvel of the new Sea Ray SLX-R 400e and so much more within the Brunswick portfolio, the company’s brands are setting standards to make boating more eco-friendly, more technologically inclined and most importantly easier for all,” said Adam Quandt, Managing Editor, Boating Industry.
“We want to thank Boating Industry for selecting seven of our products as a Top Products for 2020,” said Foulkes. “Product leadership is at the core of our success and remains a key element in our strategic growth initiatives. We have the most robust product portfolio in the industry with the leading engine company, the best boat brands, the broadest global parts and accessories business and the largest boat club in Freedom Boat Club. We are honored to win these awards and congratulations to everyone at Brunswick who helped to make this possible.”
Several of these class leading products including the Sea Ray SLX-R 400e, Crestliner AP-X Hull and the Mercury Racing 450R won NMMA Innovation awards earlier this year at the Minneapolis and Miami Boat Shows.