In a big move for American outboard engine development, Evinrude has introduced the E-TEC G2 series engines, in 200-, 225-, 250-, and 300-hp horsepower ratings. These are direct-injection, two-stroke V-6 engines that run on 87-octane fuel. They were designed from the ground up; almost all parts are new in order to serve an advanced fuel-airflow-combustion-exhaust system that promises the high power and torque expected from big two-strokes, but also fuel efficiency and reduced exhaust emissions. All engines in the series run within a full-throttle range of 5,400 to 6,000 rpm.
The steering mechanism on these engines is also a departure from the hydraulic rams and rigging seen on most big outboards; most of the system lives inside a single neat cylinder above the engine mounting bracket (also reimagined and redesigned from the get-go).
The cowling designs are visually radical, with side panels that are interchangeable so that you can color-match to your boat — or your personal palette. (Builders and dealers will be able to customize panel colors to work in boat-engine packages.) The panels also allow good access to the engines for service and maintenance, although Evinrude’s maintenance plan calls for intervals of 5 years or 500 hours running time. That’s an impressive service promise, and easier to achieve in a two-stroke than in a four-stroke engine that requires lube oil changes.
Inside the starboard side panel are an easily switchable water-separating fuel filter and access to two important reservoirs, one for the gearcase lube oil and the other a two-gallon tank for the two-stroke oil. That tank can be replenished from a fill port on top of the engine. Be extra careful of spills, though. Refill it in calm conditions with a funnel and oil-zorb pads handy.
It will be hard to mistake these engines for any others. Read The Outboard Expert: New Evinrude E-TEC G2 Outboards by Charles Plueddeman for more explanation and technical details. Visit Evinrude to spec out your own E-TEC. And here’s a video of the engine in action: