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Old 08-16-2002, 12:35 AM
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Default Hp3..........hp525efi........?

Ok so now we will have two motors to choose from that push 525hp? One a 502ci and the other a new 496.

According to Powerboat mag the HP3 will be in production for pleasure boats in 2003. Really great looking motor, page 41 Sept. 2002.

Anyone have any info as far as pricing, weight etc........... I cant imagine both would stay in production for long.
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Old 08-16-2002, 01:18 AM
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The 502 by Mercruiser with a mercruiser drive and the 496 by GM/Vortec with ? drive. Then if any boat manufacture who buys from GM, --Mercruiser then refuses to sell them other engines and drives. GM need to have a non-mercruiser gimble and drive.
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I don't think mercruiser will start to play that game. If they do then GM can stop selling them motors. And GM can afford that but mercruiser cannot.

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Old 08-16-2002, 10:56 AM
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Merc is getting undercut on this one BIG TIME...But hey, It's GM's motors and they can do with them as they please, right?

GM wants to sell Merc the motors ready to go out-of-the-box, just add fluids and a drive...Merc doesn't like doing that because it kills their profit margins...they'd prefer to buy blocks, add some good internals and sell the motors with a $20,000 blue paint job.

It'll be interesting to see where this leads. All in all, the HP3 is an excellent power-plant!
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Old 08-16-2002, 11:38 AM
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The HP3 is marinized and built by Innovation Marine in Sarasota.
Mercury says that they are "eager" to run against it with their new 525. We'll see what happens.
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Old 08-16-2002, 11:53 AM
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Based on the above info that would make the GM/Vortec less expensive?
Does any one have any pricing info yet? Looking to do a new boat and trying to decide which way to go

I have heard from a few sources that the 496's make more torque? Any truth to this?

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I heard Ford was also set to return to building marine engines.
Ayone else hear anything about this?

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Old 08-16-2002, 11:58 AM
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Default hp3

I jusy want to know how much and who can turn
my hp2 into an hp3, should be good for 5mph.
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Yeh what Frank said, It would be nice to see some reliable high hp GM crate motors without the $20,000 blue paint job!!
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Old 08-16-2002, 12:08 PM
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Originally posted by DallasHeat
I heard Ford was also set to return to building marine engines.
Ayone else hear anything about this?

Ford was partnered with Sterling to build marinized versions of its V8 and I think V10 engines. Unfortunately that plan is on hold, since Jac Nasser ran Ford into the ground before he was shown the door...
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