There’s an expression you’ll hear that say truth to power and, in the case of boating and boaters, it’s all about horsepower. There’s no better venue to see the world’s latest and greatest propulsion choices, all in one place, than the 2018 Miami International Boat Show. Here’s a look at 10 engine displays to check out this year.
Mercury is debuting its brand new 3.4L, V6 outboard engine lineup at the show. The new engines, coming in 175, 200 and 225 hp packages. These engines are exceptionally light, with improved torque and fuel efficiency. The cowl “service” door makes routine maintenance far easier, especially daily oil checks. Also see the new Mercury Racing sterndrives and Mercury XS150 outboard.
Where: F Tent, booth F 113, In-water booths: 208-224
Check out Suzuki’s 4.4L outboard with contra-rotating props at the Convention Center. Read the review of this engine by our West Coast Editor, Jim Hendricks, here.
Where: E Tent 157, F Tent 246, In-water booths 145-160
Don’t forget about electric power. We’re particularly interested in the company’s Deep Blue electric outboards that range from 40-80hp and can be rigged on small boats in single or twin configurations.
Where: F Tent 521, 616; In-Water booths 205-206
Yanmar is introducing the world’s smallest common rail diesel inboard, the new Yanmar 3JH40. It’s a 3-cylinder engine with a 1.642 L displacement and produces 40-hp.
Where: E Tent, Booth E123
Volvo Penta is offering a look at its D13, the largest recreational marine offering to date is an incredibly innovative 1,000 hp unit that Volvo will typically pair with pod drives. Stop by to see it at the show and read our comprehensive review here.
Where: F Tent 272, In-water booths 125-130
Honda is offering opportunities to check out its BF75, BF90 and BF100 outboards. These new engines boast a sleeker design and easy maintenance features, providing excellent mid-range power. We already had a chance to run these engines, which you can read about here.
Where: F Tent 275, In-water booths 365-385
You don’t want to miss the 483-hp MV8 7.4L OPS sterndrive that’s on display. Why would you take our word for it? Yep, we’ve already covered it. To read more about the engine, go here.
Where: F Tent 408, In-water booths 133,135
Evinrude’s iDock system is an innovative outboard joystick control system that not only makes docking an easier task, it’s also affordable. Check it out, along with the entire E-TEC outboard lineup. To read more about iDock, go here.
Where: Booth F145, In-water booths 108-124
Yamaha will have a number of its engines on display at the show, available for demo in the water. Check out the Yamaha lineup going all the way to its impressive F350 outboard. See our most recent coverage of Yamaha here.
Where: F Tent 201, 210; In-water booths 253-275
Seven Marine, now under the Volvo Penta umbrella, will have on display its behemoth 627 and 557 outboards, still the largest available on the market. To get a firsthand look as to how these massive outboards are built, read this.
Where: F Tent 302