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    #46
    The VR5 250HP option has officially been activated:

    http://bayliner.com/build/vr5-bowrider/


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      #47
      Not a bad uptick on price, if you ask me.

      The VR6 is already a low-50 mph boat with this engine. A VR5 is nearly 1,000 lbs lighter. With the same engine, you'd best be holding on when the throttle is hit.
      Matt Train
      BOC Site Team
      Chicagoland, IL

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        #48
        I wonder what it would take to 'update' a 4.5 / 200?

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          #49
          "Redwngr" post=754388 wrote:
          I wonder what it would take to 'update' a 4.3/200?
          What do you mean by update?

          You mean a 4.5/200? Because the only way you're updating a 4.3 is to yank it out and throw a 4.5 in it's place.
          Matt Train
          BOC Site Team
          Chicagoland, IL

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            #50
            yes, of course, meant 4.5

            (edited orig post)

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              #51
              "Redwngr" post=755067 wrote:
              yes, of course, meant 4.5

              (edited orig post)
              Ahhh!

              Well, I don't know. But if I had to hazard a guess, they likely detuned it as cheaply as possible. ANd nothing is cheaper than a separate computer map. We do it all the time in the car world - my 2014 Jetta GLI is a 210 hp car from the factory, but with a tune, 250 - 260 is more realistic.

              So that would be where I'd start looking. It's possible the 250 is running a different cam and other internals, but an enterprising individual can probably figure it out if they really wanted to.

              The physical block is absolutely identical.
              Matt Train
              BOC Site Team
              Chicagoland, IL

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                #52
                I too have been very curious about this ...

                The HP rating is at different RPM's . But a Computer Map is the cheapest way.... Since the whole engine was purpose built by mercury, it making two different cams, or other parts make little sense as the key is to produce in high volumes to keep cost down.

                Has anyone confirmed the difference?

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                  #53
                  Does anyone know the length on trailer with the tongue swung away for the VR5 and VR6? I'm trying to see which one will fit in my driveway.

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                    #54
                    Approx. 260 inches on the standard single axle trailer with tongue folded to the side.
                    2017 Bayliner VR5

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                      #55
                      It was this review and the YouTube video material from both US and Canadian sources that provided my first exposure to the VR5. After digesting the information, I placed an order for my VR5 shortly thereafter. Thanks for all the helpful information and pictures.
                      Present Boat- 2018 VR5 4.5/200hp Mercruiser
                      Last Boat- 1998 Capri 1950CL 3.0 Mercruiser

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                        #56
                        It's an old thread BUT I wanted to share my experience with my 2017 VR5 from ordering (locally) and now 5 seasons completed.

                        Ordering process went as expected and was great but that was also partly because I had already done tons of research on my own and new in advance what I wanted which was basically ALL of the listed options at the times except for the following.
                        1) underwater lights - the clarity of my main water way where I would be enjoying my vessel 90% of the time at best as a visibility of just a couple of feet of dark brown water.
                        2) docking lights - I personally didn't like the look of them on the front of the vessel and 90% of my riding would be during the day time.

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                        3) that I wasn't sure about it at first and still not sure my stances on it - Automatic bilge option. I trailer my vessel all the time and didn't want to run the risk of the auto-bilge draining the battery if the events lots of rain came down. When lots of rain is forecasted I always remove the plug, 90% of the time the plug remains installed and I just hit the bilge pump switch backing down in the ramp when most of the water would be in the back of the vessel.

                        Had one or two issues that could be blamed on the manufacturing and or shipping from bayliner to dealer and had couple dealer related issues on delivery but they did in the first month ALL get resolve, I am of course talking about those that I could not resolve myself.

                        After 5 seasons and 370hrs with my 2017 VR5 I can honestly say NO REGRETs and looking forward to my 2022 season - lol

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