New Evinrude Outboards
I have a 2010 150 HP Etec and absolutely love it. Hands down the best motor I have ever owned. It had a bad starter out of the box, but other than that has been flawless. I average about 150 hours per year. 700 hours later and the motor starts instantly and performs as good as the day I purchased it.
Great hole shot, fuel economy, and overall performance. I would buy another one without hesitation. Really a work horse and dependable motor, even when its 20*F, it starts up like you had just shut it off.
This would appear to be a "Sony Betamax" type situation. (the better product selling less)
Evinrude already had videos on Youtube showing their motors dragging Merc and Yamaha 4 strokes under water in tug of war tests. And they had better hole shot, great mpg, no maintenance for two years, auto winterizing, and low emissions.
ETECs are arguably better, but aren't selling better. I think the improvements they made to already good tech are great, just am not a fan of the gaudy cowlings. In black they look fine.
The links I included to articles on the new Etec-G2 outboard motors states these new outboards have the best emissions in their class. These new Etec-G2 also have 15% better fuel efficiency with 20% more torque than comparable four stroke outboards. So these Etec-G2 outboards have more power, better fuel efficiency, a built in power steering design called "clean rigging", an internal 10 liter oil container, touch screen digital control panels and an automatic trim adjustment system. They also have a 500 hour no maintenance rating.
I’d say the bar has been raised.
Oh and there are 14 color choices available if you’re trying to match your boat color or accent it.
I owned a 2007 Etec 200 HO. I’ll say it was a very nice outboard. Very quiet at idle and WOT, no smelly exhaust, great on fuel consumption and a tremendous hole shot even with a 3 blade prop. One of the things I always enjoyed was when a fella would ask me when I was going to start my Etec. I’d just smile and say it’s running and back away from the dock.
The two stroke outboard motor has been around for over 100 years. Evinrude has cleaned up the emissions issues and gave their girl friend a choice of what dress to wear, not just black, silver or dark gray. Couple that with the maintenance cost differences and these new Etec G2 outboards are moving forward. But I'm sure these outboards are going to be pricy!
Good Luck Making Your Choice!
From what I've seen, I doubt they'll change anything.
The 5 years no maintenance is nice, but Merc/Yamaha are already selling a LOT more 4 strokes than Evinrude is selling Etecs, so I doubt some flashy cowling panels are going to change their business models.
People by and large want 4 strokes now. I bought a 4 stroke 150 on my new boat even though I loved my Yamaha HPDI 2 stroke on the last boat.
My guess is status quo for Merc/Yamaha/Honda, and Evinrude keeps selling to bass boat guys that need speed above all.