Mercury Racing 450R Named to Boating Industry Top Products List

Recognizing the New Benchmark in Outboard Performance and Technology

The Mercury Racing 450R high-performance outboard motor has been named to the 2020 Boating Industry Top Products list. The seventh-annual list announced on May 1 includes 50 of the “marine industry’s best new and innovative products” selected by the editors of Boating Industry magazine. To be eligible for consideration, products or services must be introduced or significantly updated since January 2019.

“The Mercury Racing 450R set a new benchmark for outboard performance and design,” said Stuart Halley, Mercury Racing general manager. “Its inclusion as a Boating Industry Top Product acknowledges the creative talent and the engineering and manufacturing prowess of the entire staff at Mercury Racing, where we always run Wide Open.”

In February the Mercury Racing 450R earned 2020 Innovation Award from the National Marine Manufacturers Association. The 450R impressed judges from Boating Writers International with its combination of unrelenting performance, technology features and styling, each intended to enhance the performance boating experience.

Launched in June, 2019, the Mercury Racing 450R writes a power prescription that combines unprecedented acceleration and top-speed potential with rugged reliability and the latest technology from Mercury Marine.

“We have now rigged more than 20 Nor-Tech boats with the Mercury Racing 450R, and it’s the motor’s mid-range torque that really gets our customers excited,” said Trond Schou, President of Nor-Tech Boats. “You can punch these motors at 60 mph and they just take off. On our bigger boat models the power of the 450R really makes a performance difference.”

The Mercury Racing 450R features a 4.6-liter V8 FourStroke powerhead boosted by an exclusive Mercury Racing supercharger to produce 450 peak propshaft horsepower and 439 ft. lb. of torque – 40 percent more torque than the previous Mercury Racing outboard benchmark – from an outboard that weighs as little as 689 pounds (313 Kg), the best power-to-weight ratio in the high-performance outboard category. The Mercury Racing 450R delivers all of its performance on readily available 89-octane (95 RON) pump fuel.

To view the full 2020 Top Products list, visit .

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4 thoughts on “Mercury Racing 450R Named to Boating Industry Top Products List”

    1. Robert,

      Yes, due to the larger diameter of the case itself, the improved skeg design, and water flow, the case can and wants to be raised higher than the legacy Sport Master cases. The internals are almost much more robust. The new Sport Master is a big part of why the new 300R for example significantly out performs the 300XS. Being able to safely raise the engine higher and run the newer propeller technologies vastly improves efficiency.


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