Evinrude introduced their latest generation of two-stroke direct fuel injection outboards three years ago, (read The Outboard Expert: New Evinrude E-TEC G2 Outboards to get the full scoop), and last summer they filled in their line-up with the 2.7 liter version (see BRP Debuts New 2.7-liter Evinrude E-TEC G2 Outboards). We’ve taken you for a test runs with the G2 300, and also with the G2 250. But to date we haven’t focused in on the G2 200 HO. So that’s exactly what Outboard Expert Charles Plueddeman did this winter, at the Miami International Boat Show. Let’s join Plueddeman for a quick look under the cowl.
Plueddeman mentioned fuel efficiency, but he didn’t quantify it. Fortunately, we’ve run plenty of these G2’s and across the board, they’ve posted fuel numbers ranging from 10- to 15-percent better than average four-strokes of the same size. We’ve also found that the steering system he mentioned is smooth and relatively effortless. The system also eliminates the cables and hoses normally required for rigging. So, what’s the down-side? No outboard can be perfect in every regard, right? That’s true, and in our experience, the one negative to running a G2 is a sound level that’s significantly louder than that of a modern four-stroke. These engines aren’t nearly as loud as your grandfather’s old-tech two-stroke, but they aren’t exactly silent, either.
Modern two-stroke technology is, of course, light-years ahead of where it was a decade or so ago. To learn all about how these engines work, be sure to check out DFI Fuel Injection Two Stroke Outboards: The Outboard Expert.
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