BRP recently announced the introduction of the Evinrude E-TEC 135 H.O. outboard model, a 2.6-liter V6 it claims produces more torque than leading 150-hp four-stroke outboards. The new motor appears to be a de-tuned version of the Evinrude 150 E-TEC H.O., which also uses the 2.6-liter powerhead, as do the standard-version Evinrude E-TEC models rated at 150, 175, and 200 horsepower.
The H.O. models have a gearcase with a high-speed design for better hydrodynamic efficiency, and special graphics. The 135 H.O. will be offered with a choice of white or dark-blue base color.
The 2.6-liter powerhead will make the 135 H.O. a very robust motor at this horsepower rating, considering that Evinrude E-TEC 130 uses a 1.7-liter V4 powerhead. BRP says the new 135 H.O. will weigh 418 pounds. For comparison, a Suzuki DF140 weighs 410 pounds, while a Mercury 150 FourStroke weighs 455 pounds, and the new
Yamaha VMAX 150 SHO weighs 480 pounds. Its light weight will make the new Evinrude a good match on flats boats and smaller bass rigs where weight on the transom is an issue.
Like all Evinrude E-TEC models, the new 135 H.O. uses a direct-injected two-stroke powerhead, and it requires no dealer-scheduled maintenance for three years or 300 hours, according to BRP. Price information is not yet available.
For more information, contact Evinrude.
- Charles Plueddeman