Differences between Merc 90, 115, 140

What are the differences between the 90,115 and 140 HP Mercury outboards? I have a 81 Vector with a 115 HP. When I look in my service books the only difference I can find is the RPM  the Horsepower is rated at. Does this mean I can turn my 115 faster and get 140 out of it?

Thanks, Rick.S.


The porting in the 3 motors is different. Think of 2-stroke porting, as the camshaft in car motors. The hotter camshaft, the more power, but at the expense of low-end torque. Turning your 115 more RPM than it's peak will result in less horsepower, not more. If properly ported, then the peak will be at a higher RPM and the result is more peak power. 




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