Mercury Marine unveils new drive system for MerCruiser engines


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Mercury launches new Bravo Four S forward-facing drive with Smart Tow system for its MerCrusier engine

Mercury Marine unveiled its Bravo Four S forward-facing drive with Smart Tow controls – a new drive system for MerCruiser engines that it says elevates the art of crafting perfect wakes for wakesurfing, wakeboarding, and other tow sports.

"The popularity of water tow sports—and, particularly, wakesurfing and wakeboarding—has surged. We carefully studied all the refinements that go into optimising a boat's wake for each of the various tow sports and devised a system to make those settings easy for the boater," says Tim Reid, Mercury vice-president of product development and engineering.

"Whether boaters are veteran wakesurfers or new to tow sports, the Bravo Four S forward-facing drive delivers the power to do it safely and reliably in combination with proven MerCruiser 4.5-litre V-6, 6.2-litre V-8, and 8.2-litre V-8 sterndrive engines ranging from 250hp to 430hp."

Mercury SmartCraft digital technologies, including an upgraded Smart Tow system, come standard with the Bravo Four S drive. These controls allow customisation of the tow sports experience with a few taps on a Mercury VesselView touchscreen display. The driver can select the desired tow sports activity, and the Smart Tow system will display the appropriate controls to dial in the ideal launch acceleration, towing speed, and wake characteristics.

Mercury built its first forward-facing drive in 1949 when it invented the reversible gear case. The Bravo Four S drive builds on that foundation with a new forward-facing addition to the venerable MerCruiser Bravo drive line-up.

"We started with our highly visionary legacy designs and added new technologies, digital functionality for the user and seamless integration with the engine and boat controls," says Tim. "This is the forward-facing drive for the new generation of tow sports enthusiasts."

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