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Evinrude E-Tec 90: Possible Ideal 16-17 Powerplant?
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posted 03-08-2003 08:18 PM ET (US)
My local dealer and I spoke today about the new motors, and I learned a lot. He just returned from the dealer meeting where he was able to test some preproduction motors. They go on sale officially in July. Some tidbits:
1. 90 HP will weigh 306 Lbs. (According to Bombardier)
2. The motors will be priced at or slightly below the current Ficht models.
3. They will be able to be pull started without any battery power.
4. They will use either a new Bio degradable oil, or can be calibrated to use standard BIA rated oil.
5. They will pull at least as strong as the current Ficht models for a given HP.
6. The technology will be used in the entire HP range eventually.
7. The emissions will be the lowest of any outboard on the market.
On a side note, Bombardier is offering a deal to each dealer to get them to demo the units and put some hard hours on them. An engine will be provided at no cost to the dealer up front, and for every hour the engine is run in the next year, money will be taken off the ultimate purchase price, leading up to a free motor if enough hours are put on.
The dealers are very excited about these motors, and I think that the 90 will be the leading choice for power for the 16-17 hull
Anyone else hear anything about these motors?
posted 03-08-2003 08:21 PM ET (US)
Additionally, the standard Johnson 2 strokes will continue to be sold until at least 2010, EPA rules permitting. Earlier he thought that the Ficht Technology would wind up in the Johnson line, but that has proven to be wrong.
posted 03-08-2003 11:16 PM ET (US)
Thanks for the insight. I am very interested in this motor (90) for my Montauk. Someone (not me) needs to definitely put some hours on these motors to see if they will actually hold up and to see if they have the same torque and power as the older V4s did. It is such a relief to see a major turn to direction with weight in these new outboards. I thought for sure by 2006 that I would be putting a large-block V8 detuned to 90hp with a cowling as wide as my transom and with ½ inch water freeboard in the stern on my 16’7”. Archie
posted 03-09-2003 05:56 PM ET (US)
I thought conventional 2-strokes were out for 2006! Has this been changed, or is your dealer mis-informed?
posted 03-09-2003 07:23 PM ET (US)
Dave is one of the best informed guys I know. I will ask him to clarify the date.
posted 03-09-2003 08:56 PM ET (US)
I remember reading that manufactures are allowed an overall production pollution average after 2006. So they are still able to sell two carbed 2 strokes after 2006, just in low ratio (numbers) to the low emission outboard (numbers). It is like a company emissions average limit. I think I read this in BoutUS magazine. Archie
posted 03-10-2003 02:05 AM ET (US)
Can you tell us if these new motors are 2-strokes? I am guessing they are, but I can't seem to confirm this.
posted 03-10-2003 09:23 AM ET (US)
Direct Injected 2 Strokes.
posted 03-10-2003 12:22 PM ET (US)
Thanks for the clarification.
posted 03-10-2003 01:01 PM ET (US)
I dont think they are talking about direct injection 2 strokes. I have read and talked to several people that said that standard (no DI) carb and EFI engines that do not meet the 2006 deadline will be available until at least 2010. The requirement for the EPA 2006 dead line says that something like 70% of a companies line up sold in America must be compliant with 2006 date. EFI and Carbs (gas hogs) will still be around for a while more. I suspect that the motor companies will keep these motors as classics or commerical engines.
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