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Mercury Verado 200 HP Mercury Verado 200 HP
The 200-hp Mercury Verado is at the top of the four-cylinder Mercury lineup. It’s a fuel-injected, supercharged outboard, designed to be smoother, quieter, and a more powerful engine at low rpm than the competition. It has a strong torque curve for better hole-shots and mid-range acceleration. And, it’s built with a multi-part corrosion protection system for longer life.

Key Features

  • Mercury Verado’s supercharged system
  • Charge air cooler
  • Digital Throttle and Shift system (DTS)
  • SmartCraft management system
  • Maintenance free valve train
  • Long bolt powerhead design
  • Water-cooled oil heat exchanger
  • Idle exhaust relief system
  • Programmable tilt

Mercury Verado 200 HP (Outboard) Specifications
Horsepower 200-hp
Type of Engine 4-Stroke
Number of Cylinders 4 Cylinders
Configuration In-line
Weight (lbs/kg) 510.00 lbs / 231.33 kg
Fuel Delivery Fuel Injected
Displacement (cu/cc) 104.00 cu / 1,704.25 cc
Shaft Length Options 20'' / 25''
CARB Rating 2-Star
Recommended Fuel 87 octane
Alternator Output 70 A

Mercury Verado 200 HP Captain's Report

Mercury Verado 200-hp
The 200-hp Mercury Verado has a dry weight of 510 lbs. (231 kg) and comes in both a 20” (51 cm) and 25” (64 cm) shaft lengths.

Captain's Report

Mission Statement

The 200-hp Mercury Verado was designed to solve multiple problems facing boaters and do so in an engine that would be more reliable and robust than the competition. It’s intended to operate in high temperatures and high altitudes with nearly the same power and performance presented at lower temperatures and altitudes.

Distinguishing Features

Mercury Verado’s Supercharged System. The mechanically driven supercharger delivers more torque at the lower rpm ranges and superior mid-range performance.

Charge Air Cooler. This cools the air coming from the supercharger to prevent pre-ignition and provide a more dense air mix into the combustion chamber.

DTS. The 200 Mercury Verado is controlled by Mercury’s Digital Throttle and Shift system for effortless, no feedback, control. Mercury was the first to offer drive by wire systems and it was a revolutionary advancement. Some of the features this system includes are…

  1. Push button starting
  2. Auto engine sync
  3. Shift protection to shift at only safe rpms
  4. Station transfer
  5. Single lever control
  6. Dock mode

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Mercury's DTS binnacle contains numerous buttons to activate important features. We like the design because everything is easy to see, reach and understand at first blush.

SmartCraft Management System. Delivers instant information on all of the engine systems from fuel management to engine speeds and diagnostics.

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Mercury's VesselView 7 (left) and VesselView 4 (right) screens are easy to read and can be populated with dozens of diagnostic data points that make boating more worry-free. VesselView 7 offers touchscreen simplicity.

Maintenance Free Valve Train. Mercury guarantees its valve shim clearances for the life of the engine, a feature that can save upwards of $1,000 once the engine gets on in years.

Long Bolt Powerhead Design. Having long bolts in the powerhead ties the powerhead to the bottom of the block and eliminates expansion and contraction, adding long-term structural durability.

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The arrows point to the "long bolts" in the cut-away Mercury Verado block that ties the powerhead to the bottom of the block and keeps the assembly in a constant state of tension.

Water-cooled Oil Heat Exchanger. This is an exclusive feature to Mercury Verado. It provides not only more consistent oil temperatures but prevents condensation and oil dilution.

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The Verado oil heat exchanger system is part of the engine package.

Idle Exhaust Relief System. This is the reason that Mercury Verados are virtually silent when at idle. Before tests, we’ve had to either look at the engine tack or the telltale stream to verify that the engine was actually running.

Programmable Tilt. Some boats have short motor wells and others have transoms that are quite close to the engine. When the engine is tilted, there’s a risk of contact that can damage the engine shroud, transom/motor well or both. By programming a “stop” into the tilt, this problem is eliminated.

A Better Way to Make Power

The ingredients to make an engine are not hard to comprehend. Take fuel and air, put it onto a small chamber, add an ignition source to light it and create an explosion…. Repeat as needed.

Since it’s that explosion that moves the parts that make an engine do its work, if we need to have a more powerful engine, we need a more powerful explosion. One way to do that is to make a bigger engine with bigger combustion chambers. But that adds weight and size which is not a friend to boats that depend on reduction of weight to perform well. We need another alternative.

The Supercharger

Instead of changing the size of the combustion chamber, we instead change the mixture of fuel and air going in. Naturally aspirated engines normally suck air into the combustion chamber at normal atmospheric pressure. It would be a better scenario if we could double that amount of air going in. But, how can that be done? In the case of the 200 Verado, Mercury accomplishes this feat with a supercharger. Without a doubt, this is the most significant addition to the Verado that sets it apart from the competition. Verado is the world's only supercharged production outboard.

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The Mercury Verado Supercharger consists of these rotating rotors. They’re mechanically driven so they are effective at low speeds.

The supercharger takes the ambient air, and sends it through a series of rotors to compress that air and increase its density. This allows the engine to fit more oxygen into a smaller space. That gives an increase in performance and power that would otherwise be created by increasing the size of the combustion chamber.

More Low-End Power

Compressing air generates heat which increases the likelihood of pre-ignition which lowers performance. Wouldn’t it be nice if we could cool that air down before injecting it into the combustion chamber? That’s the job of the intercooler. An added benefit of the intercooler is that it condenses the air a bit further. All of this and more gives the 200 Mercury Verado high torque at the low rpm range for faster hole shots and better acceleration. It also increases mid-range pep.

Self-Compensating in Challenging Atmospheric Conditions Because this is a supercharged engine, and electronically controlled, the supercharger can allow the 200 Mercury Verado to compensate for changing atmospheric conditions. This is done by way of the Electronic Boost Pressure Control. This makes the 200 Verado work much better in places like southern Florida when the temperatures can exceed 100-degrees and the humidity levels rise into the 90s and at high altitudes where the air is thinner.

Where Higher Torque Pays Off

Along with better overall performance provided by the supercharging system, we also have greater torque at low-end throttle settings where skiers and wakeboarders will be needing to get on top quickly. It’s also where bog-water fishermen will need to have the mid-range power to plow through head or following seas when the weather turns snotty. When running challenging inlets and a blast of power is needed instantly, a supercharged outboard is better able to supply it.

More Durable Gearcase

With more torque comes more force against the moving parts. Mercury’s long-lasting gearcase is built to withstand that pressure as well as providing impact protection. It also has dual water pickups, with a low speed pickup at the front of the torpedo providing a consistent flow of cooling water.

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The Mercury Verado’s unique outboard "pressure charge" system: A) Air intake, B) Electronic Boost Pressure Control System, C) Supercharger ("compressor"); D) Intercooler.

Corrosion Protection

Of course, all this technology is useless if the engine doesn’t last. Mercury has made great strides in the battle against corrosion by utilizing several methods to attack on the problem from several fronts.

It Starts with the Metals. Outboard engine blocks, cylinder heads, gear cases…etc. are all made from aluminum alloys, but not all aluminum alloys are the same. Mercury has developed an exclusive low-copper aluminum alloy called XK 360. This alloy is generally acknowledged to be perhaps one of the best solutions in recreational marine for outboard aluminum.

As an added protection Mercury uses sacrificial anodes as well.

Stainless Steel

There are several grades of stainless steel being used today, but 300 grade is the best for the marine environment. Only 300 grade is used in Verados. It can be found in the props, shafts, trim and tilt rams, lower yoke, water pump housing and other components.

Mercury claims to use more and better stainless steel than many of its competitors.

MercFusion Paint System

Mercury has also developed its own process of painting its engines to keep saltwater from getting onto the metals at all.

The MercFusion Paint process consists of an Irridite metal prep and sealant that goes over the aluminum alloy and provides a resistant barrier and foundation for the two materials that come on top of it. Next the units are dipped in EDP electrically charged primer that provides complete coverage and seals out the environment from the metal.

Powder coat paint is the top coat and it contains plasticizers for paint flexibility and better long-term adhesion. It is sprayed on and then thermo-cured. Mercury says that it is the only outboard maker using powder-coated paint on its metal lower units.

Mercury Verado 200-hp
The "MercFusion" Paint system. 1) Low-copper aluminum alloy casting; 2) Irridite metal prep and sealant; 3) Electrically-charged and deposited primer paint that insures uniform and complete coverage; 4) Mercury's powder coat paint that is electrostatically-charged, sprayed on, and then baked.

Mercury Verado 200-hp
Step 1. The gear case torpedo units are bathed in Irridite, a chromate conversion coating typically used on aluminum substrate parts in the aircraft industry. This sealant is used to be a passivate for the aluminum, copper and manganese in the housing alloy as well as to be a primer.

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Step 2. The units are then put through what is called the EDP process. The electrically charged paint and oppositely charged components create uniform coverage that seals out the environment.

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Step 3. Robotic arms spray the housings with powder coating material which is electro-statically charged for adhesion.

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Step 4. Finally the gear case housings are sent through an oven that bakes on the powder coat for hardness.

Wouldn't Want to Steer You Wrong

No one would recommend mechanical steering on a boat with even a single 200-hp engine bolted to the stern, and Mercury offers options that include hydraulic or power steering for the 200 Mercury Verado. We’ve tested several boats with Mercury’s power steering and have been impressed with the responsiveness. Mercury is the only outboard manufacturer that makes its own hydraulic and power steering systems in-house. All others rely on third-party manufacturers which supply the gear which is then installed by the boat builders as part of the “rigging” process.

This allows for three distinct advantages.

  1. Engineered by Mercury for a dedicated match
  2. Installed by trained Mercury staff, not by each boat builder’s personnel.
  3. Calibrated to prevent over steering at high speeds.

Performance in 3 Different Applications

In order to help consumers gauge what sort of performance they might expect with the 200-hp Mercury Verado, we offer the data from tests we have made in three different applications. We’ll start with twin engines in an offshore center console application.

27' (8.2 m) Twin Outboard Center Console

Mercury Verado 200-hp test numbers of a Boston Whaler 270 Dauntless.

Results: With a test weight of 7,040 lbs. (3,183 kg). She has a 9'0" (2.74 m) beam and an 18-degree deadrise at the transom. 19" Enertia 3-bladed props were used. Powered by twin Mercury Verado 200s, this boat had a top speed of 50.7 mph while burning a combined total of 39.2 gph. Best cruise came in at 3500 rpm and 23.2 mph. That setting resulted in a fuel burn of 8.5 gph. The low-end torque was evident with a 3.3 second time to plane and a 0-30 time of 8.7 seconds.

24' (7.3 m) Triple-Toon Pontoon Boat

Mercury Verado 200-hp test numbers of a Sun Tracker Party Barge 24 XP3.

Here we have a triple tube pontoon boat that, because of the nature of the tubes and its 4,067 lb.(1,844 kg) test weight, will naturally require more of the high torque levels that the 200 Mercury Verado can provide to get the tubes on top of the water.

Results: With a single 200-hp Mercury Verado turning a 14-3/4" by 16" Enertia prop we reached a top speed at 6200 rpm of 40.5 mph. At that speed we were burning 19.75 gph giving us a range of 65 miles. Best cruise came in at 3000 rpm and 15.4 mph. That speed reduced the fuel burn to 3.2 gph giving us a range of 152 miles and an endurance of 9 hours and 48 minutes while still maintaining a 10% reserve. We reached planing speed in 3.4 seconds, and accelerated to 30 mph in 7.6 seconds.

21' (6.4 m) Single-Engine Center Console

Mercury Verado 200-hp test numbers of a Boston Whaler 210 Montauk.

Results: The 21'4" (6.5 m) boat on which we tested the single Mercury Verado 200 had a dry weight of 2,200 lbs. (1,270 kgs.), a beam of 8'6" (2.59 m) and a 16-degree deadrise at the transom. With the 200–hp Mercury Verado powering our 3,830 lb. (1,737 kg) test boat, we reached a top speed at 6000 rpm of 47 mph. At that speed we measured a fuel burn of just over 20 gph. Best cruise came in at 3500 rpm and 22 mph. At that speed, fuel burn was 4.6 gph. Time to plane was 3.3 seconds and we reached 30 mph in 8.4 seconds.


For the last several years, Mercury Marine has been making a concerted effort to penetrate the saltwater market, in addition to the freshwater market. To that end, considerable resources and attention has been devoted to improving its products. One result of this effort is the latest iteration of Verado outboards which have demonstrable advantages as outlined above. Further, by developing a significant low-copper alloy aluminum, extensive use of 300-grade stainless steel, and power coating, Mercury has stepped beyond the normal boundaries of anti-corrosion schemes that have been employed in the marine industry.

The Mercury Verado 200-hp comes with a 3-year non-declining warranty which includes a 3-year corrosion failure warranty. This coverage is factory backed so the dealer works directly with Mercury so there are no third party claims to file and no adjusters to contend with. For long-term commitments, plans are available to extend the coverage to seven years.