Fishing & Boating News

New Mercury OptiMax 200XS

World's First Low-Emissions Hi-Performance Outboard set to Revolutionize Outboard Sport Boat Market

by: Rick Mackie, Mercury Racing, Mercury Marine

(11/27/2000 - Fond du Lac, WI) The new OptiMax 200XS consumer performance outboard represents a culmination of advanced, direct fuel injection, 2-stroke technology developed by Mercury Marine. Mercury Racing's OptiMax 200 earned its 'XS' advanced performance designation and entry in the record books after winning the 2000 '24 Hours of Rouen' endurance powerboat race in Rouen, France. The 200XS not only won the race but also set records for the most laps completed (837) and fastest average speed (129.052 kilometers per hour). OptiMax 200XS outboard powered boats also finished second and fourth. This record setting performance, resulting in part by fewer necessary fuel pit stops, proved the extended operating range and durability of Mercury's OptiMax 2-cycle direct fuel injection, low-emissions technology.

Race proven technology includes the new Propulsion Control Module (PCM) 555 processor. The so-called 'triple nickel' module allows very precise control of fuel and spark throughout the engine operating range, providing maximum power, fuel economy and durability. The PCM 555 enables sport boaters to utilize Mercury's new SmartCraft Controller Area Network (CAN) electronic control system. This revolutionary SmartCraft system integrates propulsion with other boat operations to optimize boat and engine performance. Real-time, up-to-the-minute data appears on the SmartCraft SC1000 system monitor.

The PCM 555 processor also operates an electronic oil injection system. The electronic oil pump ensures that the engine gets adequate lubrication throughout the rpm range. Engine reliability is enhanced with the Engine Guardian system that monitors 64 internal functions for early indications of problems that could lead to engine damage. The compact 2.5 Liter V6 powerhead, designed and developed by Mercury Racing, spins up to 6500 rpm for maximum horsepower and overall performance. Sport boaters will also appreciate an improvement in fuel economy over standard 2-cycle performance outboards along with reduced emissions levels. The engine exceeds 2006 U.S. EPA and 2004 California Air Resources Board (C.A.R.B.) emissions standards.

The OptiMax 200XS is available with the 15" (381 mm) short shaft or 20" (508 mm) standard center section. The 20" center section models are available with a right-hand rotation 1.87:1 gear ratio Torque Master or Sport Master gearcase. The 15" short shaft models feature the heavy-duty offshore swivel/clamp bracket assembly, single-ram trim cylinder and the 1.87:1 Sport Master gearcase with either right-hand or left-hand rotation.

OptiMax 200XS Specifications:
Propshaft Rated Horsepower200 (149kW)
Full Throttle RPM Range6000-6500
CylindersV-6 (60º vee)
Displacement153 cu. in. (2507cc)
Bore3.50" (89 mm)
Stroke2.65" (67 mm)
Induction SystemDirect Fuel Injection
IgnitionDigital Inductive
(SmartCraft Compatible)
Alternator SystemBelt-driven 60 amp
(846 watt) w/Voltage Regulator
Gear Ratio1.87:1
Fuel/Oil RatioElectronic Multipoint
Recommended OilMercury Premium Plus (TC-W3)
Recommended Fuel92 Octane (R+M)/2 (98 RON)
RotationRight Hand
Shaft Length15" (381 mm), 20" (508 mm)
Weight400 lbs. (181 kg)

* One-year limited warranty for recreational boating and three-year limited corrosion warranty. One-year limited Mercury Product Protection Plan available. (Mercury Product Protection is not available for triple engine applications.) Left-hand rotation available on 15" (381 mm) short shaft models only.