Mercury Verado is a line of four-stroke outboard marine engines. There are three separate lines of Verado engines: Six Cylinder, Pro FourStroke and Four-Cylinder. In all models, the main engine is based on a 2.6 liter double overhead cam with 24 valves.
The Six Cylinder Verado engines are available in models between 225 and 300 horsepower, while the Pro FourStroke engines range from 200 to 300 horsepower. The smaller Four-Cylinder engine is available in either a 175 or 200 horsepower version. The Pro FourStroke engines are supercharged, making them ideal for both sport boaters and tournament anglers. All of the engines use the SmartCraft Digital Throttle & Shift system, which allows for instant throttle response and smoother shifting.
Mercury unveiled the Verado line of engines at the Miami International Boat Show in February 2004. Previously, the company had spent five years and more than $100 million in researching, designing and developing the Verado line. At its release, the president of Mercury, Patrick Mackey, announced that the engine was built 100 percent internally, without using any components designed by other companies. In creating the Verado line, Mercury designed every component from scratch, as none of the components in a Verado engine were in use in any of its other engines.