Mercury Extends Lineup with 115 Pro XS


FOND DU LAC, Wis. - For the boater who understands that big things can indeed come in small packages, Mercury Marine leads its 2010 engine lineup with the all-new 115 hp Pro XS. It was created specifically for boats under 20 feet and offers an improved torque curve, better top-end speed and fuel efficiency.
   With gas prices bound to rise and the economy still uncertain, marine dealers are seeing resurging interest in fishing boats from 17 to 19 feet. The reasons, dealers say, are because these boats are more affordable to buy; easier and less expensive to tow, maintain and operate; and are perfect for the serious weekend angler or a family looking for a little togetherness closer to home. The 115 Pro XS is designed to meet that demand.
   An in-line three-cylinder engine with 93-cubic-inch displacement, the 115 Pro XS delivers torque - a full 10 foot-pounds more than a standard OptiMax, which translates to improved hole-shot; quicker acceleration; and better cruising speed with a heavy load, says Mercury. That improved torque curve, combined with the additional 10 horsepower produced by the 115 hp Pro XS, also means increased top-end speed - possibly two mph faster, depending on the application.
   The 115 Pro XS, uses from 10 to 30 percent less fuel than a traditional two-stroke. Fuel economy is comparable to a four-stroke motor, with the power-to-weight ratio advantages of a lighter two-stroke, says Mercury.
   A 60 amp alternator provides enough wattage power GPS and fish finders, keep the livewells percolating and even have a little left over to play a few tunes.

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