The 2018 Hutchwilco NZ Boat Show is set to surprise anyone with an interest in outboards. Not only will there be the usual crop of models from all the leading brands, but Kiwis and the world will for the first time be able to view an entirely new engine package from Mercury.

Mercury Marine has chosen the Hutchwilco New Zealand Boat Show, which runs from May 17-20 at Auckland’s ASB Showgrounds, to unveil their most significant new engine in years. While many media and dealers have been able to test the new engine package, the world premiere has been embargoed until May 18. This follows the release of the new V6 four-strokes released in February at the Miami boat show.

The Hutchwilco show will also be the first time that the impressive Seven Marine 627hp outboards will be seen in New Zealand. Brought into the country by Seven Marine New Zealand (a division of Honda Marine), the American company Seven Marine has taken a monumental leap in the horsepower stakes – first with the release, a few years ago, of a 557hp and now the staggering 627hp.

A spokesman for Seven Marine NZ said that they have the first two 627s going on the transom of an Intrepid 350 CC for a local owner and have plans for a second one.

“While the engines are costly when compared to replacing twin 350hp outboards for one single Seven Marine 672hp, they are in fact reasonably cost-effective,” he says.

The first Seven Marine 672 engine can be found alongside the Honda stand which will see a full range of Honda engines, including the facelift 40/50hp and 80/100hp.

Another outboard sure to attract attention will be the diesel COX, on display on the Sports Marine stand. The CXO300 is the world’s first 300hp diesel outboard and is designed for both recreational and commercial use.

The CXO300 diesel outboard engine truly breaks new ground, delivering the same uncompromising power, performance, and durability you’d normally only associate with a diesel inboard engine. At the same time, it offers all the convenience and flexibility of an outboard and is similar in size and weight to petrol alternatives, as well as more efficient.

Speaking for Sports Marine, Scott Williamson says that the interest in the CXO300 has been exceptionally strong in the commercial sector. “With the cost of diesel so much less than petrol in New Zealand and the long-term warranty that COX is offering on their engine, we have people ready to buy now, despite what is likely to be a rather high price tag when compared to a similar horsepower four-stroke petrol outboard,” he said.