E-Tec 2008

Barry Wiseman | VOLUME 22, ISSUE 6

The team at Evinrude has been busy preparing a big range of new engines and electronics packages.

In its efforts to broaden its range of two-stroke outboard engines, Bombardier Recreational Products has introduced 18 new models of Evinrude E-Tec motors for 2008.

While Australasia’s boating media got a sneak preview recently, an official announcement of BRP’s biggest outboard engine yet is also, tantalisingly, due early in the new year.

Marine journalists were privy to demonstrations of the new power-pack, but details are embargoed until it’s officially released.

BRP’s General Manager for Asia-Pacific, Gregoire Dupont, said the company was committed to pushing the envelope, defining leading edge technology, out-innovating the competition and, most importantly, providing its customers with the ultimate recreational experience.

The 18 new models already announced are spread across Evinrude’s full range of E-Tec twoand three-cylinder, V4 and V6 engines and there are now also specific models for commercial application.

As well as the conventional remote control models, tiller versions have been introduced for the 40, 50 and 60hp ranges. The tiller handle can be adjusted for height and angle to suit the user and is both left- and right-hand operable.

They’re available with both electric or rope start and the power trim and tilt button is located at the end of the hand grip so it can be thumb operated. The kill switch is also located on the tiller.

Commercial 65hp engines are now available, both in a 20" and a new 22.5-inch leg for shallow water use and come with either rope or electric start.

Because this type of engine is more likely to be operated in sandy, silty water, possibly in remote areas, they feature a chrome-lined water pump housing, as in other models, and are designed to operate on a wider variety of fuels.

In response to market requests, Evinrude has come up with a 75hp electric-start engine with the 20" leg and two 90hp models in either long or short leg.

Another newcomer is the 115hp counter rotating model to cater for twin rig set-ups, which are becoming increasingly popular. They still have the V4-sized gear case, but are capable of accommodating the larger V6 propellers.

The 200hp range comes in both 2.6- and 3.3-litre engine capacities, the latter designed for larger, heavier boats.

The top of the E-Tec range, at least until the new year when BRP’s biggest-ever engine will be revealed, is the new 250hp HO, which features a new 3.5-litre powerhead and nose-cone gear casing, with improved gear ratio and other internal changes. The engine has a new cylinder block casting and a new, longer stroke crankshaft, resulting in nearly six per cent larger engine capacity. It also features a larger tuned exhaust system, giving it more grunt.

The 250hp HO has multi-point oiling and an improved injector system.

BRP Australia’s Training Manager, Paul Dawson, said the new 2008 range of engines would also feature the new “I-Command” digital engine management gauges, with specifications designed to fit existing analogue gauge cut-outs.

The new instruments deliver the skipper a whole range of engine operating and fuel management information.

For more information, contact your nearest Evinrude dealer or go to: www.brp.com/en-AU/Products/Evinrude/Showroom.