Top 10 Motors at the 2013 Miami International Boat Show | Boating Magazine

Top 10 Motors at the 2013 Miami International Boat Show

The 10 hottest propulsion products on display at the 2013 Miami International Boat Show.

  1. Volvo Penta’s V8-380 Gas Inboard

For the full specs on this year's must-see motors, check out our show preview.

  1. Evinrude’s E-Tec 135 H.O. Outboard
  1. Suzuki’s 140/115 Lean-Burn Outboards
  1. Mercury’s Diesel TDI 4.2 Inboard
  1. Minn Kota’s iPilot Link Trolling Motor System
  1. Cummins QSB6.7 550 hp Diesel Inboard
  1. Lehr’s 9.9 hp Propane Outboard
  1. Yamaha’s F200 Four-Cylinder Outboard
  1. Ilmor’s MV8 570 Inboard
  1. Mercury’s Verado CCT 300 Outboard

Bonus Pick: Outboard Joystick Controls

You’ll find just about any kind of motor you can imagine at the 2013 Miami International Boat Show. Some are on display at the Miami Beach Convention Center. Others are powering test-rides on boats at the Sea Isle Marina. You’ll be amazed by the sheer variety, including some never-before-seen marine power from Evinrude, Mercury Racing, Suzuki and others. Here’s a countdown of the 10 hottest propulsion products you can see, feel and demo at Miami this year.

10. Volvo Penta’s V8-380 Gas Inboard
Volvo Penta’s new V8-380 gasoline inboard features variable valve timing, optimized for maximum low-end torque and high-end horsepower. It’s also 270 pounds lighter comparable V-8s from the company in the past. With a Volvo Penta DPS Duoprop drive, the 380- hp engine weighs 1,076 pounds. You’ll be able to see it on display at the Miami Beach Convention Center, as well as in the water at Volvo Penta docks at the Sea Isle Marina. www.volovpenta.com

9. Evinrude’s E-Tec 135 H.O. Outboard
The new Evinrude E-TEC 135 H.O. will be on display at the convention center and on boats in the water at the Sea Isle Marina. This V-6 outboard is designed to compete in the hotly contested 100 to 150 hp outboard segment. Evinrude claims that its two--stroke design gives the 135 H.O. up to 36 percent more torque than 150 hp four-stroke outboards from other engine builders. www.evinrude.com

8. Suzuki’s 140/115 Lean-Burn Outboards
Suzuki’s new DF140A and DF115A take advantage of the company’s Lean Burn Control system, which allows the engine to run on a leaner, more efficient fuel/air
mixture to improve fuel economy. Both compact four-stroke outboards are based on a four-cylinder block with a 16-valve DOHC powerhead. The engines will be on display at the convention center at the Suzuki booth and on boats in the water at the Sea Isle Marina. www.suzukimarine.com

7. Mercury’s Diesel TDI 4.2 Inboard
This 350 hp V-8 turbo-diesel meets the Environmental Protection Agency’s demanding Tier 3 emissions regulations. The relatively compact diesel can be equipped with Mercury SmartCraft gauges, DTS digital throttle and shift, and Axius joystick when coupled with a MerCruiser sterndrive. It will be on display at the Mercury booth at the convention center. www.mercurymarine.com

6. Minn Kota’s iPilot Link Trolling Motor System
Minn Kota has taken bow-mounted trolling motors to remarkable new levels of with the iPilot Link. It can automatically follow routes and contours, as well as drive to waypoints fed to it by a Humminbird fishfinder/chart plotter. You can control the iPilot from the Humminbird unit, as well as from a new remote (the two units share information through a WiFi system). iPilot Link will be on display at the Humminbird booth at the convention center. www.minnkotamotors.com

5. Cummins QSB6.7 550 hp Diesel Inboard
Cummins has boosted the horsepower of its Tier-3 compliant QSB6.7 diesel to 550, up more than 14 percent from a previous max of 480 hp. The inline-six turbo-charged diesel features gear-driven power-steering and hydraulic pumps. You can demo the engine in a 48 Kaama at the Sea Isle Marina. www.marine.cummins.com

4. Lehr’s 9.9 hp Propane Outboard
Lehr has added a 9.9 hp model to its unique line of propane-powered outboards (which also includes 2.5 and 5 hp versions), and will have them on display in the Miami Beach Conventional Center. The new model will be available in 15- and 20-inch shafts, with remote control and electric start available on the latter. www.golehr.com

3. Yamaha’s F200 Four-Cylinder Outboard
Instead of a traditional V-6, Yamaha’s new F200 is an inline-four-cylinder outboard that’s thinner and weighs 119 pounds less than its predecessor. At 489 pounds (25-inch model), it’s also today’s lightest 200 hp four-stroke. The 2.8-liter outboard features a 16-valve dual-overhead-camshaft design with Yamaha’s Variable Camshaft Timing System. It will be on display at the Yamaha outboard booth at the convention center, as well as on boats in the water at the Sea Isle Marina. www.yamahaoutboards.com

2. Ilmor’s MV8 570 Inboard
This new, naturally aspirated, fuel-injected V-8 is designed to bridge the gap between high-performance marine mills and recreational engines. The 7.4-liter inboard generates 570 hp and 564 foot-pounds of torque, yet weighs just 810 pounds. It will mate to range of stern drives from Imco and Teague Custom Marine. Look for the MV8 570 on display at the Ilmor booth in the convention center, as well as in a Formula 353 FAST3Tech at the Sea Isle Marina. Be sure to take a ride. www.ilmor.com

1. Mercury’s Verado CCT 300 Outboard
You heard about this first in our test of the Sea Ray 370 Venture. Closed-compartment (CCT) technology and sophisticated air ducting allows this outboard to be mounted completely out of sight and covered by the swim platform. You’d never know the Sea Ray 370 Venture – our 2012 Boat of the Year – had a pair of outboards. And that’s why the Verado CCT 300 is the No.1 must-see motor at Miami. Check out the boat and the unique Verado CCT 300s at the Sea Isle Marina, and ask for a demo ride. Google Maps - Verado CCT 300 Demo

Bonus Pick: Outboard Joystick Controls
OK, this isn’t exactly an engine or even a specific propulsion brand. But joystick controls for outboards are so hot now, we had to make them collectively a must-see. You’ll find outboard joystick control systems on display from Mercury, Teleflex and Yamaha. And we have on good authority that yet another outboard builder will announce a joystick control system at the show. Look for these at the convention center and on boats in the water at the Sea Isle Marina.

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