2018 Mercury OptiMax® 3.0L 200 HP - 25 in. Shaft

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OptiMax® 3.0L 200 HP - 25 in. Shaft



Fuel Your Competitive Spirit

Reliable, versatile, and a great value.

  • 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: 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: 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 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: A 60-amp (756-watt) belt-driven alternator keeps batteries charged to power electronics, lights, livewells and audio equipment.
  • 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.
  • HP / kW: 200 / 147
  • Engine type: V-6
  • Displacement (L): 3
  • 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 in. / 635 mm
  • Gearcase ratio: 1.75:1
  • Dry Weight: 505 lb. / 229 kg
  • CARB star rating: 3
  • Bore and stroke: 3.63 x 3.00 in. / 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
Dry weight based on lightest model available.



Engine Type
Bore x Stroke
3.63 x 3.00 in. (92 x 76 mm)
3 L
Electric (turn-key)


Shaft Length
25 in. (635 mm)
505 lb. (229 kg)


Trim Method
Power Trim
Shaft Rotation
Counter rotation available
Propshaft Horsepower
200 hp (147 kW)
Full Throttle Operating Range
5000-5750 rpm
Gear Ratio / Shift
1.75:1 / F-N-R
Fuel Induction
2-stage Direct Fuel Injection (DFI)
60 amp / 756 watt
Water-cooled with thermostat & pressure-controlled
3 Year Corrosion, 3 Year Limited

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