Bayliner Engines and HP Ratings [HP Chart]

Production Bayliner boats (US models) are offered with either Mercury outboards or gasoline MerCruiser sterndrive engines depending on the model. To be more precise, the available engines and their horsepower ratings in each class are as follows:

  • Element (Deck boat): 40-150hp (OB only)
  • DX (Deck boat): 115-250hp (OB or I/O)
  • VR (Bowrider): 115-250hp (OB or I/O)
  • Trophy (Center Console): 90-300hp (OB only)

If you want to find out more about the various Bayliner engines and their power ratings, this post is for you.

We at PowerSportsGuide have compiled all you need to know under one roof!

What Kind of Engines Do Bayliners Have?

As a rule of thumb, Bayliner boats in the US lineup are marketed with 150-250hp MerCruiser sterndrive or 4-stroke 40-300hp Mercury outboard engines. This is no surprise since both Bayliner and Mercury brands are part of Brunswick Group’s fleet.

These engines are known for durability and reliability, which is why they are also used in many other boat brands aside from Bayliner.

In this first section, we’re going to review the available engine options of the 2023 Bayliners (US models).

Bayliner Element Engines

As a rule of thumb, Bayliner Elements are exclusively marketed with Mercury outboard motors with an engine power of up to 150hp.

Thanks to their unique M-hull, these boats can be rigged with smaller engines than competitor models.

The entry-level model in this breed is the Element M15, which can be ordered with lightweight 40 or 50hp Mercury outboards.

Its bigger brother, the Element M17 is available with three different engine options, including 60, 75, and 90hp Mercury outboards.

Mid-sized models in the Element family are the popular E18 and M19, both marketed with 90 and 115hp Mercury motors.

If you are looking for the most powerful Bayliner Element, the E21 is for you. Featuring a 21-foot hull, this boat can be fitted with either a 115 or a 150hp motor.

Available models and engine options in this line include:

  • Element M15: 40/50hp Mercury OB (Max: 50hp)
  • Element M17: 60/75/90hp Mercury OB (Max: 90hp)
  • Element E18: 90/115hp Mercury OB (Max: 125hp)
  • Element M19: 90/115hp Mercury OB (Max: 115hp)
  • Element E21: 115/150hp Mercury OB (Max: 115hp)

Bayliner DX Engines

While the Element family is marketed as entry-level deck boats, the DX series represents a higher class in Bayliner’s deck boat line.

They come with much heavier and larger (19’7”-21’7”) hulls that require significantly more engine power.

There are two different boats in this breed, both are available with an outboard or a sterndrive engine configuration.

The most affordable DX Bayliner is the 20-footer DX2000, offered with 115 or 150hp Mercury outboards.

Its sterndrive equivalent is the DX2050, which comes with 200 or 250hp MerCruiser ECT 4.5L MPI Sterndrive engines.

The more advanced outboard model in this breed is the DX2200, built on a 22-foot hull. This boat can be ordered with either a 150 or 200hp Mercury outboard.

Although it’s rated at 350hp, the DX2250 shares its 200 and 250hp sterndrive engines with the DX2050.

Available engines of the Bayliner DX Line include:

  • Bayliner DX2000
    115/150hp Mercury OB (Max: 150hp)
  • Bayliner DX2200
    150/200hp Mercury OB (Max: 225hp)
  • Bayliner DX2050/DX2250:
    200hp MerCruiser ECT 4.5L MPI Sterndrive (Alpha 1 Outdrive)
    250hp MerCruiser ECT 4.5L MPI Sterndrive (Bravo 3 Outdrive)

Bayliner VR Engines

The deservedly popular Bayliner VR family enjoys traditional deep-V hulls with a length of 19-23 feet. These bowriders can be fitted with either Mercury outboards or MerCruiser ECT 4.5L MPI Sterndrive engines.

Engine options and HP ratings of Bayliner VR Bowriders include:

  • VR4 Bowrider OB: 115/150hp Mercury OB
  • VR4 Bowrider: 200hp MerCruiser ECT 4.5L MPI Sterndrive (Alpha 1 Outdrive)
  • VR5 Bowrider OB: 115 or 150hp Mercury OB
  • VR5 Bowrider: 200/250hp MerCruiser ECT 4.5L MPI Sterndrive (Alpha 1 Outdrive)
  • VR6 Bowrider OB: 150 or 200hp Mercury OB
  • VR6 Bowrider: 200/250hp MerCruiser ECT 4.5L MPI Sterndrive (Alpha 1 Outdrive)

2023 Bayliner Trophy Series

The Bayliner Trophy line includes many great center console fishing boats, which are available with 90-300hp Mercury outboard motors.

There are two different types of boats in this class, the M-hull-based “Bay” and the larger “CC” series built on regular deep-V hulls.

The 18-footer T18Bay shares its hull with the Element E18 and can be purchased with either a 90 or 115hp Mercury outboard.

Its bigger brother, the T21Bay is a center console variation of the E21 deck boat. The base engine of this boat is a 115hp Mercury but the 150hp motor comes as an option.

Both of these boats are intended for calmer waters like inlets, bays, or inland waters.

In contrast, the Trophy T20CC, T22CC, and T24CC have V-shaped hulls, which can even handle offshore conditions.

The T20CC can be rigged with 115-175hp outboards, while the maximum power of the T22CC and T24CC is a whopping 300hp.

Available Mercury outboards of Bayliner Trophy boats include:

  • Bayliner T18Bay: 90/115hp
  • Bayliner T21Bay: 115/150hp
  • Bayliner T20CC: 115/150/175hp
  • Bayliner T22CC: 150/175/200/250/300hp
  • Bayliner T24CC: 225/250/300hp

How Much HP Does a Bayliner Have?

The horsepower ratings of production Bayliner boats (US models) range from 40 up to 300hp. Regarding vintage models, the engine power of the largest Bayliner motor yachts reached a whopping 1220hp.

Bayliner Horsepower Chart (Production US Models)

As a reference, we’ve compiled the advertised horsepower ratings of the US production models into this Bayliner HP Chart:

ModelEngine TypeEngine OptionsMax HP
Element M15OB40/50hp50hp
Element M17OB60/75/90hp90hp
Element E18OB90/115hp125hp
Element M19OB90/115hp115hp
Element E21OB115/150hp150hp
VR4 Bowrider OBOB115/150hp150hp
VR5 Bowrider OBOB115/150hp250hp
VR6 Bowrider OBOB150/200hp200hp
VR4 BowriderI/O200hp200hp
VR5 BowriderI/O200/250hp250hp
VR6 BowriderI/O200/250hp250hp
Trophy T18BayOB90/115hp115hp
Trophy T21BayOB115/150hp150hp
Trophy T20CCOB115/150/175hp175hp
Trophy T22CCOB150/175/200/ 250/300hp300hp
Trophy T24CCOB225/250/300hp300hp

Disclaimer: This chart is for informational purposes only! For more information, please check the owner’s manuals.

Bayliner Horsepower Chart (Vintage Models)

This chart includes the horsepower ratings of many vintage Bayliner models.

ModelPower options
Bayliner 5788 PilothouseTwin 610hp MAN diesels / Twin 590 hp diesel
Bayliner 4788 PilothouseTwin 370hp  diesels / Twin 310 hp diesel
Bayliner 4588Twin 250hp  diesels / 2x 220 hp
Bayliner 4550Twin 300hp diesel  / 2×220 hp
Bayliner 43872×220 /2×250 hp diesel
Bayliner 4388Twin 310 hp diesel / Twin 250hp diesel
Bayliner 4087Twin 270 hp diesel  / 2x250hp
Bayliner 4085 Avanti2 X diesel 330hp stern drive/ 2×370 hp diesel
Bayliner 3988 2 x diesel 330hp
Bayliner 38882x 210 hp inboard diesel / two powerful US Marine Hino EH-700 turbo diesel engines with 175 hp
Bayliner 38702×130 diesel inboard / twin 130-hp Chrysler Mitsubishi diesels
Bayliner 3788 Olympia2×350 hp  Mercruiser inboard
Bayliner 36882x 210 hp inboard diesel
Bayliner 34882×315 hp / 2 X Diesel 250hp/ 2x 310 hp Mercruiser
Bayliner 33882x 310 hp inboard gas / 2x 250hp
Bayliner 32882x 150 hp diesel inboard
Bayliner 32702 x Diesel 110hp / 2×165 hp
Bayliner 32552 x 200 hp stern drive  5.7 L Bravo II MerCruiser / Twin Mercruiser 260hp
ModelPower options
Bayliner Capri 175135 hp MerCruiser 3.0 liter stern drive
Bayliner Capri 185 135 hp MerCruiser 3.0 MPI / 190hp  (max 220)
Bayliner Capri 215220 hp / 250 hp MerCruiser 4.3 MPI (MAX 260 hp)
Bayliner Capri 160050-90 hp outboard
Bayliner Capri 1750135 3.0 L Alpha I MerCruiser gas / Inboard MerCruiser 3.0 engine 140 hp.
Bayliner Capri 1800125 hp outboard gasoline / Force 120 hp Outboard
Bayliner Capri 180290 hp outboard gasoline
Bayliner Capri 1804outboard Mercury XL engine at 125 hp
Bayliner Capri 1850gas Mercruiser 3.0 com 130 hp/ MerCruiser 4.3L 190hp sterndrive engine
Bayliner Capri 1950Mercruiser 4.3 V6 (190 hp) / 135 hp 3.0 L Alpha I MerCruiser
Bayliner Capri 1952135 hp  3.0 L Alpha I MerCruiser
Bayliner Capri 1954MerCruiser 3.0L Alpha I engine at 135.0 hp
Bayliner Capri 20505.7L Alpha I MerCruiser MAX 250 hp
Bayliner Capri 2052120 hp diesel Cummins Mercruiser / 145 hp 3.0 LX MerCruiser
Bayliner Capri 2150220 hp  / 190hp  Gas/Petrol
Bayliner Capri 2152220 hp / 260 hp
Bayliner Capri 2250230 hp / 260 hp gas
Bayliner Capri 2350220 hp 5.0 L Alpha I MerCruiser
Bayliner Capri 2352250 hp 5.7L Alpha One
ModelPower options
Bayliner Ciera 2155260 hp / 300 hp gasoline
Bayliner Ciera 2355220 hp MerCruiser 5.0L Alpha I / 250 hp MerCruiser 5.7L gasoline
Bayliner Ciera 2452325 hp Mercruiser / 350 hp Mercruiser gas
Bayliner Ciera 2455220-horsepower MerCruiser 5.0-liter / carbureted 250-horsepower MerCruiser 5.7-liter engine
Bayliner Ciera 2555308 hp
Bayliner Ciera 2655235 hp / 5.7L Mercruiser 260 hp
Bayliner Ciera 2855300 hp Mercruiser/  350 hp
Bayliner Ciera 30552x 250 hp / 2 x 220 hp 5.7L Mercruiser
Avanti 34552 x 165hp
Avanti 34882 x 310 hp Mercruiser 7.4 L
Avanti 37852 x 330 hp Mercruiser
Bayliner 3252 x 260 hp Mercruiser
Bayliner 285300 hp Mercruiser/  350 hp
Bayliner 265260 hp MerCruiser 5.7 liter / 300 hp
Bayliner 245260hp 5.0 litre MPI MerCruiser V8 / 250hp 5.7 litre MerCruiser – gasoline/ 300hp 350 Mag MPI MerCruiser (gas)/ 200hp 2.8 litre MerCruiser (diesel)
Bayliner 215220 hp, 260 hp MerCruiser 4.3 MPI / MerCruiser 4.5 MPI 250 hp – Alpha one / MerCruiser 5.0 MPI 260 hp
Bayliner 2055-litre 260hp V8 MPI MerCruiser
Bayliner 195220 hp MerCruiser 4.3l MPI Alpha
Bayliner 192MerCruiser 4.3 TKS 190hp – Alpha one, MerCruiser 4.3 MPI 220hp – Alpha one
Bayliner 185220 hp MerCruiser 3.0 MPI / MerCruiser 3.0 TKS 135 hp / MerCruiser 4.3 TKS 190 hp  / MerCruiser 4.3 MPI 220 hp – Alpha one
Bayliner 175Mercruiser 3.0 MPI 135 hp engine
Bayliner 16060 hp Mercury FourStroke / 90hp Mercury 4-Storke EFI

Disclaimer: This chart is for informational purposes only! For more information, please check the owner’s manuals.


As a takeaway, we’ve answered the most common questions on the topic!

What kind of engines do Bayliners have?

As a rule of thumb, production Bayliners in the States are available with either Mercury outboards or MerCruiser sterndrive engines.

Regarding older models, smaller cabin cruisers came with MerCruiser sterndrive engines.

Larger cruisers and Bayliner motor yachts were manufactured with either MerCruiser, MAN, Cummins, or Hino engines.

How much HP do Bayliners have?

You can expect the HP ratings of production Bayliner boats to be anywhere from 40 to 300hp. The engine power of vintage models averages between 60 and 1220hp.

Which Bayliner boat has the smallest engine?

The smallest Bayliner right now is the 15-footer Element M15, which can be rigged with a lightweight 40hp Mercury outboard.

Thanks to its special M-hull design, this boat can get on plane with this small an engine!

Which Bayliner boat is the most powerful?

When it comes to the US lineup, the most powerful Bayliner boats are the Trophy T22CC and T24CC, and both are available with a 300hp outboard engine option.

The most powerful Bayliner ever built was arguably the 5788 Pilothouse, powered by two 610hp MAN inboard diesel engines.

Which motor is in a Bayliner Capri?

Bayliner Capri bowriders were marketed with both outboard motors and 135-250hp MerCruiser sterndrive engines.


  • Bayliner Capri 175: 135hp Inline-4 MerCruiser Sterndrive
  • Bayliner Capri 185: 190hp V6 MerCruiser Sterndrive
  • Bayliner Capri 215:  250hp 5.7L V8 MerCruiser Sterndrive
  • Bayliner Capri 2050: 230hp MerCruiser 4.3 LX
  • Bayliner Capri 2350: 220hp V6 MerCruiser 5.0L Alpha I engine at

Which motor is in a Bayliner Ciera?

Bayliner Ciera cruisers were manufactured with gasoline MerCruiser sterndrive engines. Smaller models were fitted with a single220-300hp power source, while the largest boats in this breed enjoyed a twin (2x220hp) engine configuration.

Which motor is in a Bayliner Avanti?

Compared to the Ciera line, Bayliner Avantis were significantly larger models. This is why these boats were designed with twin MerCruiser or Cummins engines with a total power of 450-700hp.



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