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Mercury Makes Massive Price Cut on DTS
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posted 05-26-2007 03:03 PM ET (US)
According to generally knowledgeable sources--albeit secondary sources and not anyone in an official capacity--Mercury Marine has rolled back the cost of switching certain outboard motors to Digital Throttle and Shift (DTS) from conventional controls by at least 50-percent. Certain engines can now be upgraded to DTS for only $500 as compared to a previous cost of $1,000.
Even more astonishing, the $500 up charge now apparently includes the remote throttle and shift control box and all the electrical harnesses needed to connect them to the engine. This is truly amazing! A conventional throttle and shift remote control top-mounting unit with appropriate mechanical cables and fittings could easily have a retail price of nearly $500. On this basis, selecting the DTS upgrade for only $500 may actually significantly reduce the total cost of the engine and installation, as the electronic controls may be easier and faster to install and adjust.
Official confirmation of this news would be most welcome.
posted 05-27-2007 09:00 AM ET (US)
If this information is true, Mercury appears to be making a huge pitch for the repower market, perhaps to the extent of subsidising the cost of DTS.
posted 05-27-2007 06:16 PM ET (US)
I'm taking my 170 Montauk with 2007 Veradito Smartcraft compatable 90 hp outboard to the dealer Tuesday.
Is the DTS control a vast improvement over my clang and bang controls?
posted 05-28-2007 09:28 AM ET (US)
I posted your unofficial DTS pricing information on another site and asked if Evinrude was going to compete in the DTS market.
There was a response from a member connected to BRP. It said that BRP/Evinrude would introduce a version of DTS by the mid-2008 model year.
It's difficult to understand why other manufacturers have failed to offer a DTS. Perhaps Mercury's price reduction will force a revaluation due to the impact on the repower market.
I assume it is necessary to develop a system that works around the patent issues.
posted 05-28-2007 11:27 PM ET (US)
If Mercury owns patents on their DTS technique, may we have the U.S. Patent numbers? They will be interesting reading.
posted 05-29-2007 07:43 AM ET (US)
This is good news for all, and it is a great system on my Verado 225. We are in the 3rd season, with 250 engine hours.
posted 05-29-2007 08:16 AM ET (US)
Mecury has totally redesigned the Smartcraft section of their website. Has alot of good information. There're are some third party vendors that are now integrated into the Smartcraft control/information bus.
posted 05-29-2007 08:33 AM ET (US)
Tom--I mentioned the redesign of the Mercury website for SmartCraft in a separate article:
Mercury Revamps SmartCraft Website
It was last week and the listing has scrolled down quite a ways in the index.
posted 05-29-2007 07:33 PM ET (US)
Please note that I said "I assume" on the patent issue.
I have no knowlege of any patents existing.
posted 05-29-2007 11:12 PM ET (US)
WT, I for one could not believe the pleasure of using the DTS controls versus conventional. Sometime back, I described my first experience using DTS on a 250hp Verado. Although it was not attached to a Whaler, this boat was incredible to operate. This was a very fine vessel, but the Verado and the controls made it a very memorable event. Personally, I think I would make every effort to obtain this type of control system, no matter what the engine brand.
posted 05-29-2007 11:19 PM ET (US)
Unfortunately for me, DTS is not available for my 2007 90 hp Mercury 4 stroke. :-(
DTS is only available for all Verados (135-300 hp) and 200 and 225 Optimax outboards.
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