BRP has revealed four new Evinrude E-TEC G2 outboard motors, rated at 150 to 200 HP. The motors debut an all-new 2.7-liter V6 powerhead but utilize all of the innovative G2 design features that first appeared in 2014 with the 3.4-liter Evinrude E-TEC G2 250 HP, and 300 HP models. The new 2.7-liter G2 models include 150, 150 H.O., 175, and 200 HP models and all are in production right now. Let’s take a peek at the new G2 150, on video.
The 2.7-liter G2 line uses the same gearcase and midsection as the 3.4-liter G2 outboards. The key feature of the midsection is a steering system controlled by a hydraulic helix integrated into the motor bracket. An available electric boost motor tucked within the motor bracket adds power steering to all 2.7-liter Evinrude G2 motors except the G2 150. A similar hydraulic helix powers the trim system, and the motor pivots on a large-diameter tilt tube that contributes to the very rigid design of the entire motor mounting system. The engine’s systems are digital, so there are no rigging cables or hydraulic lines visible on the transom. The rigging tube carries a cable and fuel line. The new G2 150 has a traditional motor bracket–the same set-up used on the E-TEC 150–and can be rigged with cable controls to facilitate re-power installations where the boat owner does not want to convert to digital controls. The G2 150 will also cost several hundred dollars less than the G2 150 H.O..
Like the 3.4-liter G2 motors, the new 2.7-liter G2 has an “exo-skeleton” with removable cowl sections available in six different colors that can be mixed and matched. An on-board injector oil reservoir holds three liters, enough for 50 hours of operation, according to BRP, which will be good for a season of typical boating. Optional remote oil reservoirs up to 10 liters are also available. The new motors also feature a remote gearcase lube reservoir under the cowl that lets the owner check the lube level and tell-tales the presence of water in the lube.
The exo-skeleton fits tightly around the 2.7-liter powerhead, which is more compact than the 3.4-liter engine, so the new G2 models are a few inches smaller in size in each dimension. The powerhead is, of course, a two-stroke design featuring E-TEC direct fuel injection. BRP claims this engine offers a significant advantage in torque, fuel economy and emissions when compared to a four-stroke outboard of similar power. The 2.7-liter G2 150 H.O. weighs 530 pounds in the 20-inch length. The 3.0-liter Mercury FourStroke weighs 455 pounds, while the 2.7-liter Yamaha F150 weighs 480 pounds. The Mercury Verado 200, a supercharged 1.7-liter four-cylinder four-stroke that’s available with power steering, weighs 510 pounds.
We got to demo the new Evinrude G2 motors on a variety of boats on a Wisconsin lake, though we were limited to a short oval course around some buoys which quickly led to the water getting churned up and choppy, so top speed and even steady running to observe fuel economy was out of the question. The power steering and digital controls are very nice, and the steering can be adjusted to one of three settings; the “lightest” literally lets you steer with one finger and will be perfect for laid-back pontooners.
I was struck by the very obvious difference in sound produced by the two-stroke Evinrude motors. I’m not sure the Evinrude motors are actually louder, but the tone is much more intrusive than that of the quietest four-stroke outboards.
BRP did not making pricing for the 2.7-liter G2 motors available, but said they will cost several hundred dollars more than a comparable four-stroke and also remind us that the price includes the power steering system on most models.
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