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The Latest in Marine Power from the 2018 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show

Propulsion companies strut their newest engines at FLIBS.

November 7, 2018

Marine engines companies and boat builders from around the country brought the latest and greatest outboards, inboards and sterndrives to display at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (Oct. 31 – Nov. 4). Here’s just a sample of state-of-the-art motors we found and photographed at this big Florida boat show.

Cox Powertrain's new CXO300 Diesel Outboard

New Cox Powertrain CXO300 Diesel Outboard

UK-based Cox Powertrain unveiled a pair of 300 hp diesel outboards on a new Intrepid Powerboats 345 Nomad at the 2018 Fort Lauderdale Boat Show (Oct. 31 – Nov. 4). Each motor tips the scale at 827 pounds. Jim Hendricks
The new CXO300 diesel outboard from Cox Powertrain

The Cox Powertain CXO300 diesel outboard

The CXO300 from Cox Powertrain is the most powerful diesel outboard to date, delivering 300 hp at the propeller. It features a totally new four-stroke V-8 powerhead, and reported to retail for $50,000. Jim Hendricks

British-based Cox Powertrain chose the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (Oct. 31-Nov.4) to unveil its much-anticipated 300 hp diesel outboard. Weighing in at 827 pounds, the CXO300 uses a four-stroke V-8 diesel engine architecture and will cost $50,000 retail, according to Cox. A pair of the engines were mounted on a new Intrepid Powerboat 345 Nomad, but were not available to run at the show. Cox plans to stage a series of on-water demonstrations beginning in November 2018 and continuing through spring 2019 on both the east and west coasts of the U.S.

The CXO300 is the biggest diesel outboard to date

Cox 300 hp diesel outboard

Cox Powertrain believes the new CXO300 diesel outboard will find a wide range of applications on both commercial and recreational fishing boats. Jim Hendricks
Cox CXO300 diesel outboard

Cox CXO300 diesel outboard

On-water demonstrations of the Cox 300 hp diesel outboards are scheduled to commence in November 2018 and continue through spring 2019 along both the east and west coasts of the U.S. Jim Hendricks

FPT Technologies, a division of Fiat, showed off its new N67 570 EVO marine inboard diesel engine at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. The inline six-cylinder diesel produces 570 hp at 3000 rpm and is one of seven diesel inboards offered by FPT for the recreational market.

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The new N67 570 EVO diesel inboard from FPT

New N67 570 EVO diesel inboard

FPT Technologies debuted it N67 570 EVO inboard series at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. It is rated at 570 hp. Jim Hendricks
FPT's new N67 570 EVO diesel inboard

FPT Powertrain Technologies new N67 570 EVO diesel inboard

FPT Powertrain Technologies is a division of Fiat. It’s new N67 570 EVO marine diesel inboard uses a 6.7-liter inline-six-cylinder block with common-rail fuel injection. Jim Hendricks

Honda Marine’s redesigned BF200, BF225 and BF250 outboards were on display at the 2018 Fort Lauderdale International Boats. Integrating sleek new styling, the V-6 outboards also feature streamlined maintenance and an expanded number of rigging options.

Honda Marine's has redesigned its V-6 outboards.

Honda Marine’s redesigned V-6 outboard

Honda showed off its redesigned V-6 outboards at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. Jim Hendricks
Honda Marine's V-6 outboards offer new styling.

Honda’s newly redesigned V-6 outboard series.

Honda’s V-6 outboards sport new styling. Jim Hendricks
Honda's V-6 outboards now sport more streamlined cowls.

Honda’s V-6 outboards now have stylish, streamlined cowls.

Newly designed cowls lend Honda’s V-6 outboards an aggressive look. Jim Hendricks

John Deere, a name more often associated with trackers and lawn mowers, builds marine engines, as well. John Deere unveiled its newest engine series at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, the 4045SFM85 series, offered in 275 to 315 hp. These inline four-cylinder diesel inboards displace 4.5 liters, and feature after-cooled turbochargers and high-pressure common-rail fuel injection. Both iterations are Tier III compliant.

John Deere's newest four-cylinder inboard diesel engine

John Deere’s new four-cylinder inboard diesel engine

The John Deere 4045SFM85 diesel weighs 558 pound. Jim Hendricks
John Deere's new four-cylinder diesel inboard.

John Deere’s compact new diesel inboard.

John Deere’s new 4045SFM85 is available in 275 and 315 hp versions. Jim Hendricks

Mercury Marine recent introduced new V-6 and V-8 four-stroke outboards, and a vast number of Merc outboards were on display at the 2018 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, many of them on the transoms of center-console boats.

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Mercury's 225 Four-Stroke V-6 outboards

Mercury’s new 225 Four-Stroke V-6 outboard

Mercury’s new V-6 series was prevalent both in the water at the Bahia Mar and at the convention center during the 2018 Fort Lauderdale Boat Show. Jim Hendricks
Mercury Marine's 225 FourStroke V-6 outboards

Mercury Marine’s new 225 FourStroke V-6 outboards.

Merc’s company, lightweight V-6 outboard finds applications in both twin- and single-engine installations. Jim Hendricks

Seven Marine showed up in full force at the 2018 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, and its 627 and 557 outboards stole much of the attention. Nearly eclipsed, however, was the new 527 from Seven Marine. The supercharged V-8 powerhead displaces 6.2 liters and delivers 527 hp (hence the model number). It weighs 1094 pounds and is available with in variety of gear ratios.

The new 527 V-8 outboard from Seven Marine

Seven Marine’s new 527 V-8 outboard

Seven Marine debuted its new 527 hp V-8 outboard at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. Jim Hendricks
The 527 is Seven Marine's newest outboard,

Seven Marine’s new 527 outboard

Seven Marine showed off its new 527 outboard, in addition to its existing 557 and 627 models, at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. Jim Hendricks

Suzuki Marine announced newly redesigned 175 and 200 hp outboards at the 2018 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, but it was the recently introduced flagship of the Suzuki outboard family — the big 350 — that was most prevalent aboard boats and at the Suzuki booth in the convention center.

Suzuki Marine's biggest outboard to date is the 350 V-6.

Suzuki Marine’s biggest outboard — the 350 V-6.

The DF350 outboard with its distinctive contra-rotating propellers was the star of the Suzuki lineup at the 2018 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. Jim Hendricks
Suzuki Marine's DF350 outboard were in full force at FLIBS 2018.

The Suzuki Marine DF350 outboard

Suzuki 350 outboard powered a number of center-console fishing boats at the 2018 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. Jim Hendricks

Volvo Penta’s 6.2-liter gas V-8 at the 2018 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show came equipped with a new engine-powered cooling and heating system. The engine is also now available with the Volvo’s OceanX Forward Drive sterndrive propulsion system.

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Volvo Penta's 6.2-liter gas V-8

Volvo Penta’s 6.2-liter gas V-8 marine engine

The Volvo Penta 6.2-liter gas V-8 now features an engine-powered cooling and heating system. It comes in 283 and 321 hp versions. Jim Hendricks
The Volvo Penta 6.2-liter gas V-8 is now available with the OceanX Forward Drive.

Volvo Penta’s 6.2-liter gas V-8 with OceanX Forward Drive

The Volvo Penta 6.2-liter gas V-8 is now available with OceanX Forward Drive, as well as Duoprop drives. Jim Hendricks

Yamaha’s new 425 hp XTO Offshore V-8 outboards had a big presence at the 2018 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. Three and four-engine installations abounded aboard center-console fishing boats, both at the Bahia Mar in-water and convention center venues.

Yamaha's 425 hp XTO Offshore V-8 outboards

Yamaha Marine’s new 425 hp XTO Offshore V-8 outboards

Most of the Yamaha’s new 425 hp XTO V-8 outboard were show in multi-engine installations. Jim Hendricks
Yamaha's new XTO Offshore V-8 outboard

The new XTO Offshore V-8 outboard from Yamaha Marine

Yamaha had plenty of its white XTO outboards on display at the 2018 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. Jim Hendricks

Yanmar introduced a 50 hp diesel outboard featuring an innovative engine technology. The Neander Dtorque Turbo Diesel outboard has a twin-cylinder aluminum powerhead with dual counter-rotating crankshafts. The four-stroke diesel is turbo-charged and weighs 386 pounds.

The new Yanmar's Neander Dtorque Turbo Diesel 50 hp outboard

Yanmar’s new Neander Dtorque Turbo Diesel outboard

The new Yanmar’s Neander Dtorque Turbo Diesel outboard produces 50 hp using twin cylinders and dual, counter-rotating crankshaft technology. Jim Hendricks
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