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Old 07-07-2005, 08:34 AM
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Anyone know why Mercury discontinued the scorpion motor?
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Old 07-07-2005, 08:48 AM
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Just a guess, but I think it was because nobody bought them. I heard that the boats that actually got the Scorpion engines ran very well, but the cost hurt them.
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Old 07-07-2005, 09:38 AM
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I would guess price killed that engine. I believe it also needed 93 octane. A lot of people buying a SBC boat want to be able to use 87.
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$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ Nobody wanted to spend the bucks.
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Way too much money for what you got.

Nobody bought them.

Other custom motor builders built better and more HP small blocks for much less than the MERCURY price tag.
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Hi priced motors was the biggest killer of the Scorpion
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Old 07-07-2005, 04:35 PM
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what was it? 8k more for 40 more horse over the 6.2 ?
and you had to run 93
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I have two scorpions in my 30 Sonic, great motors so far, no major problems. They need 92 octane. I wanted to save weight due to my custom engine hatch etc. modifications. At the time the HP rating was great compared to most heavy block blocks. But now, most good custom engine builders can crank out 550 HP for less than $8,000 in a big block, so these make more sense. That will likely be my next upgrade as the boat can handle the extra weight.
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