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Monster Outboard Engines at the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show 2016

Take a gander at these 300, 400 and 627 hp outboards hanging off transoms in triple and quad configurations.

November 10, 2016
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Big-outboard power never seemed so conspicuous — or looked so good. Walking through the Fort Lauderdale Convention Center, I found my eyes drawn to the flashy custom colors on multiple outboards sharing a transom. Not so long ago, outboards were both smaller and much more plain — utilitarian, to euphemize — in appearance. Now, well, if outboards can be sexy, many at the boat show this year seemed to qualify.

Mercury Verado 400R

Four striking monster machines from Mercury Racing, these 400R 2.6 liter outboards grace the transom of a Deep Impact 36. These inline 6-cylinder brutes feature a cool-air intake to feed the engine’s supercharger.

Outboard Engines at the 2016 Fort Lauderdale Boat Show
Verado 400R Doug Olander / Sport Fishing

Suzuki Outboard Tree

This eye-catching display shows a range of Suzuki outboards.

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Outboard Engines at the 2016 Fort Lauderdale Boat Show
Suzuki outboards Doug Olander / Sport Fishing

Seven Marine 627

Introduced in 2015, Seven Marine’s 627 — the industry’s biggest outboard — offers more than 600 foot-pounds of torque starting at 3,000 rpm in an all-aluminum package.

Outboard Engines at the 2016 Fort Lauderdale Boat Show
Seven Marine 627 Doug Olander / Sport Fishing

A whopping 2,508 horses hang from the transom of a HydraSports Custom 53 Sueños.

Outboard Engines at the 2016 Fort Lauderdale Boat Show
Seven Marine 627 Doug Olander / Sport Fishing

Mercury Verado 400 Racing

This black beauty, which hangs on a Barker Boatworks 26 Open, should push the boat to a top speed of 65 (E-glass) or 70 mph (carbon fiber).

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Outboard Engines at the 2016 Fort Lauderdale Boat Show
Mercury Verado 400R Doug Olander / Sport Fishing

Yamaha F350C

New from Yamaha is the ferocious 5.3-liter V8 F350C, a DOHC 32-valve powerplant, shown here as a quad on the transom of an Everglades 453CC.

Outboard Engines at the 2016 Fort Lauderdale Boat Show
Yamaha F350C Doug Olander / Sport Fishing

Custom paint and graphics on these 350s leave little doubt as to what brand of boat they’re pushing.

Outboard Engines at the 2016 Fort Lauderdale Boat Show
Yamaha F350C Doug Olander / Sport Fishing

Honda BF250

Honda’s 250 VTEC (for “valve timing and electronic control”) outboard is an SOHC 60-degree V6, 24-valve affair that features industry-unique dual air circuits.

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Outboard Engines at the 2016 Fort Lauderdale Boat Show
Honda BF250 Doug Olander / Sport Fishing

Yamaha F350C

A whole herd of horses adorn the transoms of HydraSports Custom center consoles … a herd of 2,800 horses to be exact, among these eight Yammie 350s.

Outboard Engines at the 2016 Fort Lauderdale Boat Show
Yamaha F350C Doug Olander / Sport Fishing

Mercury Verado 350

Plenty of oomph in the form of these Merc Verado 350s will push this Yellowfin right along. The 2.6-liter, inline-6 engines are supercharged with charge-air cooling and electronic-boost pressure control.

Outboard Engines at the 2016 Fort Lauderdale Boat Show
Mercury Verado 350 Doug Olander / Sport Fishing

Suzuki 200 Cutaway View

If you could see inside an outboard powerplant … it would look like this. At Suzuki’s booth, you can study the innermost secets of the manufacturer’s popular 200-horsepower model.

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Outboard Engines at the 2016 Fort Lauderdale Boat Show
Suzuki 200 cutaway view Doug Olander / Sport Fishing

Yamaha F350C GTB Limited Edition

Another example of how far outboard engines have come aesthetically is this trio of Yamaha 350s. The new 5.3-liter big block engines offer a 5-year warranty.

Outboard Engines at the 2016 Fort Lauderdale Boat Show
Yamaha C350F GTB Limited Edition Doug Olander / Sport Fishing

Yamaha F300

Two triple Yamaha F300s will make two Grady Whites git up and go. These V6 4.2-liter big blocks pride themselves on being lighter than most 300-hp outboards.

Outboard Engines at the 2016 Fort Lauderdale Boat Show
Yamaha 300 Doug Olander / Sport Fishing

Suzuki DF300AP

Suzuki’s big boy, the V-6 DOHC 24-valve 300 with electronic fuel injection, is a great fit for bay boats.

Outboard Engines at the 2016 Fort Lauderdale Boat Show
Suzuki DF300AP Doug Olander / Sport Fishing

Merc Verado Racing 400

The cool custom cowling covers on these Verado 400s complement the blue Deep Impact 36 to which they’re fastened.

Outboard Engines at the 2016 Fort Lauderdale Boat Show
Mercury Verado 400R Doug Olander / Sport Fishing

If you enjoyed this gallery, check out the Sport Fishing magazine review of the best 2016 mid-range outboard engines.

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