Evinrude Adds New Midrange Models: The New Three Cylinder G2

Evinrude Adds New Midrange Models: The New Three Cylinder G2

Even though it’s exciting to talk about big horsepower engines, and what might be next in the 400 plus HP range, for manufacturers, the 115 to 150 HP range is a critical market. Not only is it the most popular HP segment, but many new boaters start in that HP range, from small fishing boats of all kinds, to pontoons, family boats and maybe a small performance hull. For a new boater, or first time buyer, you have to make a great impression. In the case of Evinrude, they have rolled out the G2 line from the top down, first the 3.4L V6, then the 2.7L V6, and now we have the latest version, a 1.9L 3 cylinder. This allows Evinrude to showcase the G2 technology to a whole new group of boaters.

Let’s start with the basics of what we know. The engine is a 1.9 Liter, two stroke with a 115, 140 and 150 horsepower option. Like their big brothers, you get the unique Evinrude G2 cowling with replaceable panels. And, there is an option for the iSteer, integrated hydraulic steering. The gearcase houses a 2.08:1 gear ratio, and RPM range is 5000 to 6000 RPM. Those are competitive specs. The gears are housed in a new 4.25 lower unit. All engines come in 20 inch and 25 inch shaft lengths.

Standard color is black with red swoosh. You can choose around 400 different combinations though.

Standard color is black with red swoosh. You can choose around 400 different combinations though.

Another engineering effort into reducing noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) was the cowling, it has removable panels, but has a sound deadening modular design. Evinrude designed robust engine mounts to reduce vibration. Plus, the unique 3 cylinder has balancing gears at each end of the crankshaft, to smooth everything out. I personally love the effort into balancing, using good acoustic design to reduce noise, but most outboards use mounts that are too soft, making it seem like you’re steering an old car with worn ball joints.

A full effort to reduce noise, vibration and harshness includes balance gears on the crankshaft, modular cowl, and large angled mounts.

A full effort to reduce noise, vibration and harshness includes balance gears on the crankshaft, modular cowl, and large angled mounts.

I can’t confirm the weight as of now, but company information claims over 50 lbs lighter than the lightest 150 on the market, which is the Mercury 150 at 455 lbs. We will report as soon as we learn more, but it’s probably a sub 400 lbs engine without steering. This is actually pretty heavy for a 115. The 115 is designated as a high output (HO) version, so it’s probably pretty stout. The 150 HP version features BRP’s RAVE (Rotax Adjustable Valve Exhaust), a technology that utilizes a variable exhaust port.

The G2 makes power down low, and across the RPM range. Two strokes often enjoy a torque advantage. The Mercury can rev to 6300 though. We need a real world test.

The G2 makes power down low, and across the RPM range. Two strokes often enjoy a torque advantage. The Mercury can rev to 6300 though. We need a real world test.

Like the other G2 engines, power is made across a broader RPM range than a typical four stroke. Smooth, linear power is a hallmark of a two stroke. The G2 also enjoys an efficiency advantage over competing four strokes, it burns extremely clean, it is emissions compliant globally, and the small 1.9 gallon oil tank will last over 50 hours. With that, you get 5 years or 500 hours before any scheduled maintenance.

I’m not advocating one engine type over the other, as both enjoy distinct advantages, but it’s hard to ignore some of the advantages of a two stroke. Another key feature is the engines are digital shift and throttle, keeping the clean rigging of the G2 as yet another advantage. With the integrated steering, it’s hard to beat that uncluttered transom.

The new white G2 3 cylinder looks very sharp. Feature packed and full of options.  Digital throttle and shift.

The new white G2 3 cylinder looks very sharp. Feature packed and full of options. Digital throttle and shift.

What else is new? The entire Evinrude G2 lineup gets a new white exoskeleton as an option. And, all panels feature a revised logo. I probably wouldn’t buy an engine based on color options, but it sure is cool to have that option if you want it. A new tiller is an option as well.

Is it a good engine for a performance hull? Probably not bad on a little bass boat, or flats boat, or maybe an old small performance boat. The 150 will be light, but the 115 is heavy comparably. Can’t wait to see one in the wild.

Quality control at BRP manufacturing includes robotics, and cameras monitoring systems to ensure integrity in manufacturing. Reliability was the focus on the new 3 cylinder Evinrude G2

Quality control at BRP manufacturing includes robotics, and cameras monitoring systems to ensure integrity in manufacturing. Reliability was the focus on the new 3 cylinder Evinrude G2

Spec Sheet:

Bore x Stroke - in (mm) 3.85 x 3.25 (98 x 82.6)

Displacement - cu in (L) 114 (1.9)

Gear Ratio 2.08:1

Full Throttle RPM Range 5000-6000 RPM

Starting Electric

Controls ICON II

Fuel Induction E-TEC Direct Injection with

stratified low RPM combustion mode

Alternator Output* Net Amps 14 idle / 22 wot

Trim Method Power Trim & Tilt

Trim Range -6° to 15°

Tilt Range 81°

Lubrication Multi-Point Targeted Oiling

Oil Tank Capacity - gal (L) 1.9 (7.2)

Recommended Oil XPS Marine XD100

Recommended Fuel 87 Octane

Warranty 5-Year Engine** / 5-Year Corrosion

Mounting Centers - Minimum 26” (660mm)

Color Customization Over 400 Color Panel Options

Integrated Features Dual Axis Rigging / iTrim

100% Global Emissions Compliant EPA 2013 / CARB 3 STAR / European Union

The whole family. There are 3 150 options now, 1.9, 2,7, and 2.7 150 HO. Look for more power next from Evinrude. A 3.8L 350 and 400 HP perhaps?

The whole family. There are 3 150 options now, 1.9, 2,7, and 2.7 150 HO. Look for more power next from Evinrude. A 3.8L 350 and 400 HP perhaps?

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