Evinrude drops the big E-Tecs: RIP light outboards
When researching for the outboard article series we are doing I noticed just last week that Evinrude removed all of the G1 outboards from 175 and up. The 135 HO and 150 (non-HO) remain, for how long it is hard to say. I will reach out to BRP to see. What does this mean? It only means the G2 series is taking over, which is not a surprise. The R&D and creativity they put into those engines is great and to push sales, why have a competing platform under the same roof. I really liked the old school approach of the G1s and the G1 200 hp, 2.6 liter was the lightest 200 on the market at 418 lbs.
The Evinrude E-Tec G1 150 HO was among the lightest 2-stroke outboards. It was discontinued.
Embrace the G2s. I wish the smaller G2s were lighter but for now, under 200 hp, we have the Mercury Pro XS, Yamaha V-Max SHO i4 and Suzuki 140 coming in under 500 lbs, with the Mercs being the lightest at 431 lbs.
431 lbs, semi solid mounts, 196 HP at the prop. The king of the lighter engines. Fuel sipper too.