A direct injection of performance.

Mercury® OptiMax® Outboards

Some call it a two-stroke. Some call it direct injection. Others simply call it the best-performing outboard on the water. From the rocket hole-shots to the unmatched top end, OptiMax sets the standard for power, acceleration, and fuel economy.

Direct Fuel Injection (DFI)

Increases power, fuel efficiency, reliability and versatility.

Stainless Steel Components

Resistant to corrosion, for long-term durability.

Mercury® OptiMax® Outboards - Features

A direct savings on fuel.

OptiMax engines are some of the most fuel-efficient engines on the water. Two-stage direct injection turns fuel into propulsion fast and efficiently. More distance per drop. More money for crankbaits. More time fishing instead of gassing up. Direct injection strikes again.

Speed isn't everything - but it's a really good place to start.

From its lightweight design to its outstanding top speed, it’s a reputation built on performance. But there’s a whole lot more to the story. The lightning fast throttle response, the legendary reliability, the fuel savings, the low noise and emissions. OptiMax engine. Another word for everything.

Clean get aways.

Precise and consistent fuel charge for perfect combustion. More power. Lower emissions. In fact, low enough to meet the toughest, most demanding international air-quality standards. Nothing gets a boat out of the hole, on plane, and across the lake quicker and more efficiently.

Leave traditional two-stroke thinking behind. Way behind.

Two-stroke power and acceleration, for sure. Fewer moving parts, yes. But a few new things you'll have to get used to. Like less fuel, smoke, and maintenance. More time on the water. We think you'll adjust.

OptiMax®
3.0L 200-250 hp

Fuel Your Competitive Spirit

Reliable, versatile, and a great value.

  • Engine type V-6
  • Displacement (L) 3.0
  • Full throttle RPM 5500-6000
  • Steering Big Tiller Compatible, Remote
  • Dry weight *Lightest model available 505 lbs / 229 kg

The specifications displayed here may not be indicative of the entire engine family; click on the “See All Models and Specs” link to view the specs in detail.

Proven Technology.

Proven Technology.

More than a decade of reliable Mercury® OptiMax® performance is testimony to a great design. Low-pressure Direct Fuel Injection (DFI) delivery, corrosion-resistant alloys and finishes, and rugged components keep Mercury OptiMax outboards on the water, season upon season.

Fuel Economy.

Fuel Economy.

Atomized fuel is injected directly into each combustion chamber, backed by a precise charge of compressed air, and the fuel / air mixture is directed toward the spark plug by a uniquely shaped piston. The result is more-complete combustion for outstanding economy and smoke-free emissions.

Lightweight.

Lightweight.

No outboard in its class weighs less than the Mercury® 250hp OptiMax®. That helps create amazing hole-shot acceleration, increased top speed and overall efficiency. Its compact 60-degree V6 engine delivers brawn without the bulk.

The Big Tiller.

The Big Tiller.

The optional center-mounted Big Tiller offers optimal control. A longer tiller grip incorporates a convenient power trim switch, the shift lever is close at hand, and an optional digital troll control adjusts engine speed as low as 700 rpm in 10-rpm increments.

Accessory Power.

Accessory Power.

A 60-amp (756-watt) belt-driven alternator keeps batteries charged to power electronics, lights, livewells and audio equipment.

Geared to Win.

Geared to Win.

The Torque Master II gearcase, available on select 225hp and 250hp Pro XS™ outboards, is designed specifically for performance bass boats. Its stout 1.25-inch prop shaft can handle the strain of running at an elevated mounting height. Patented front water pickups keep the engine running cool regardless of engine height. A cambered skeg improves handling and drivability.

  •  250 hp
    HP / kW
    • 250 / 184
    Engine type
    • V-6
    Displacement (L)
    • 3.0
    Full throttle RPM
    • 5500-6000
    Fuel induction system
    • 2-stage Direct Fuel Injection (DFI)
    Alternator amp / Watt
    • 60 amp / 756 watt (Belt-Driven)
    Recommended fuel
    • 87% octane / up to 10% ethanol
    Recommended oil
    • Mercury OptiMax/DFI Outboard Oil
    Engine protection operator warning system
    • Low oil level
    • Over-rev
    • Overheat
    • SmartCraft Engine Guardian
    Compatible with SmartCraft digital technology
    • Yes
    Controls
    • Remote Mechanical
    Steering
    • Big Tiller Compatible
    • Remote
    Shaft length
    • 25" / 635 mm
    • 30" / 762 mm
    Gearcase ratio
    • 1.75:1
    Dry weight *Lightest model available
    • 505 lbs / 229 kg
    CARB star rating
    • 3
    Gearcase options
    • Standard
    Counter Rotation
    • Available
    Color
    • Phantom Black

     200 hp
    HP / kW
    • 200 / 147
    Engine type
    • V-6
    Displacement (L)
    • 3.0
    Full throttle RPM
    • 5000-5750
    Alternator amp / Watt
    • 60 amp / 756 watt
    Recommended fuel
    • 87% octane / up to 10% ethanol
    Recommended oil
    • Mercury OptiMax/DFI Outboard Oil
    Engine protection operator warning system
    • Low oil level
    • Over-rev
    • Overheat
    • SmartCraft Engine Guardian
    Compatible with SmartCraft digital technology
    • Yes
    Starting
    • Electric (turn-key)
    Controls
    • Remote Mechanical
    Steering
    • Remote
    Shaft length
    • 25" / 635 mm
    Gearcase ratio
    • 1.75:1
    Dry weight *Lightest model available
    • 505 lbs / 229 kg
    CARB star rating
    • 3
    Bore and stroke
    • 3.63 x 3.00" / 92 x 76 mm
    Ignition
    • PCM Digital Inductive
    Fuel system
    • 2-stage Direct Fuel Injection (DFI)
    Cooling system
    • Water-cooled with thermostat & pressure-controlled
    Gear shift
    • F-N-R
    Gearcase options
    • Standard
    Trim system
    • Power Trim
    Exhaust system
    • Through prop
    Shallow water trim range (degrees)
    • 20
    Counter Rotation
    • Available
    Color
    • Phantom Black

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