The incredibly popular Evinrude E-Tec range of outboards has taken a big step into the large engine market with the launch of their 200hp, 225hp and 250hp versions.
Recently on the Gold Coast about 30 media representatives were shown the new offerings and although I haven’t been in too many big boats with big outboards, I was hugely impressed by the power of these V6 two-strokes. Like their smaller brothers released last year, the big E-Tecs offer all the same qualities – power, economy, not too loud, light weight – and they look good. They also meet almost every environmental standard around the world, making them a great new toy which will leave you with a clean environmental conscience.
For 2005 Bombardier Recreational Products (BRP), who manufacture and distribute Evinrude outboards, will be releasing the 200hp, 225hp and 250hp engines as well as the much awaited 225HO (high-output) model.
This new family of Evinrude E-Tec engines feature saltwater and freshwater configurations and are engineered for outstanding durability and reliability in extreme environments, while offering the lowest emission levels in the industry and extremely low maintenance.
Features of the V6 range include easy linkage systems to enable quick and easy fit-up by dealers, 300-hour of no dealer-scheduled maintenance, high-capacity alternators, a single, easily accessible fuse and CAN Bus Connectivity.
The new engines will most likely be available in January, with dealers taking delivery of stock in November or December. Dealers have already undergone fit-out training and technical briefings so they know what the product can and can’t do. Your local dealer has also been on the water in various test craft fitted with the new engines so they are up to speed with the new range.
If you’re interested in upgrading your existing power plants or want to look at the new E-Tecs, drop into your local Evinrude dealer and ask lots of questions.
With different shaft lengths, counter-rotation models and high-output variants, there’s plenty to get your teeth into.
– Stephen BoothReads: 455