- Engine and Engine Accessories
- Outboard 2 Stroke
- E-Tec 150 HO G2
, its designers did way more than just tweak it.
When Evinrude’s E-TEC G2 150 HP direct-injected two-stroke debuted in 2016, it was an outlier in the marine industry. All other 150s were based on inline four-cylinder platforms; Evinrude’s was a V-6 with a large 2.7L block it shared with the 175 and 200 hp models. On the plus side, it had plenty of snap; six pistons, however, made it one of the heaviest at 496 pounds. But instead of going along with the I-4 crowd, Evinrude transformed its 150 into a three-cylinder motor with a 1.9L block.
The three-cylinder G2 definitely isn’t as punchy as the V6 150, but given the fuel economy and drastic noise reduction, I think it’s more than a fair trade. Incidentally, at 1,000 rpm the Yamaha is getting 6.1 mpg to the Evinride’s 12.5 mpg. Fishermen take note of how that might impact a weekend of trolling.
Given the likelihood of tightening emissions standards, higher fuel prices or both, it seems like a canny move to focus on fuel economy for the mainstream runabout engines. Evinrude says that the new three-cylinder is so thrifty and clean that it probably wouldn’t need a catalytic converter when everyone else would.
Evinrude still offers the 150 horsepower G1, so if my engine blows up I could just swap on a new one that’s a direct replacement. But the new G2 150 would be an intriguing option. Half the cylinders, even less maintenance, better fuel economy. Now all they need is a high-output version.