Valhalla Boatworks (VBW) will offer Mercury’s new 7.6-liter V12 600-hp Verado outboards on the Valhalla 46, the newly introduced flagship of the V Series.
“We’re extremely excited,” said Viking President and CEO Pat Healey. “This is truly an incredible engine, with ground-breaking performance and the kind of innovation we’ve come to expect from Mercury. They continue to impress us, not only with their products but with their support and attention to detail.”
Powered by the new V12 600-hp Verado outboards, the Valhalla 46 high-performance center console reportedly hit a top speed of 75 mph and accelerated from 0-20 mph in 4.8 seconds.
Mercury introduced the engine, which is the most powerful outboard it has ever developed, through social media on the heels of a two-day global press event at the manufacturer’s Lake X testing site in Florida.
Hull number two of the Valhalla 46 – powered with four of the new Verados – was one of six boats from different manufacturers chosen to showcase the new powerplants, which feature a number of innovative outboard and boat-control features and technology.
Former Viking demo captain Ryan Higgins was eager to unleash the 2,400-hp V-46 to showcase its performance for the media. He conducted more than a dozen sea trials over two days, pinning the throttles for each journalist so they could experience the hole shot and surging acceleration at high cruise speeds.
Higgins also made a point to simulate backing down hard on a fish to show the strong “bite” and quick maneuverability of Mercury’s steerable gearcase system and contra-rotating propellers. Higgins, who is the Southeast Sales Manager for Viking and Valhalla, was also keen on the Mercury Joystick Piloting for Outboards system and the Next Gen Digital Throttle & Shift (DTS) installed on the V-46.
“Whether you’re in joystick mode, backing down or coming out of the hole, the shifting and overall operation is silky smooth, and the layout of the DTS is intuitive and easy to use,” said Higgins.
Hull number two of the Valhalla 46 will be on display at the Palm Beach International Boat Show, March 25-28. VBW will offer the V12 Verados in both quad and triple configurations. The engine will join two other propulsion options from Mercury for the V-46: quad Mercury Verado 400s and quad V8 450Rs.