E-TEC Recommended Engine Speed Range

by James W. Hebert

The suggested engine operating speeds for E-TEC engines of various models and years are given below. The recommended operating range is the speed the engine should be able to reach at maximum throttle under normal loads. The optimum RPM range is the engine speed for peak power. The rated horsepower is produced at the noted engine speed.

2009

2009 RPM QUICK REFERENCE CHART
ModelRecommended
Operating Range
Optimum RPM Range
25 HP5000 - 60005400 - 5800
30 HP5000 - 60005400 - 5800
40 HP5000 - 60005400 - 5600
50 HP5500 - 60005600 - 5750
60 HP5500 - 60005600 - 5750
65 HP Commercial5500 - 60005600 - 5750
75 HP4500 - 55005000 - 5200
90 HP4500 - 55005000 - 5200
115 HP (60° V4)5500 - 60005600 - 5700
115 H.O. (60° V4)5500 - 60005500 - 5650
130 HP (60° V4)5500 - 60005500 - 5650
150 HP (60° V6)4850 - 58505500 - 5600
150 H.O. (60° V6)4850 - 58505500 - 5600
175 HP (60° V6)4850 - 58505500 - 5600
200 HP (60° V6)4850 - 58505600 - 5850
200 H.O. (3.3 L 90° V6)4500 - 58005500 - 5600
225 HP (3.3 L 90° V6)4500 - 58005500 - 5600
225 H.O. (3.3 L 90° V6)4500 - 58005500 - 5600
250 HP (3.3 L 90° V6)4500 - 58005500 - 5600
250 H.O. (3.4 L 90° V6)4500 - 58005500 - 5600
300 HP (3.4 L 90° V6)5000 - 60005500 - 5600

2010

2010 RPM QUICK REFERENCE CHART
ModelRecommended
Operating Range
Optimum RPM RangeRated HP RPM
15 H.O.5500 - 61005400 - 58005800
25 HP5500 - 61005400 - 58005800
30 HP5500 - 61005400 - 58005800
40 HP5000 - 60005400 - 56005500
50 HP5500 - 60005600 - 57505750
60 HP5500 - 60005600 - 57505750
65 HP Commercial5500 - 60005600 - 57505750
75 HP4500 - 55005000 - 52005000
90 HP4500 - 55005000 - 52005000
115 HP/115 H.O. 60° V45500 - 60005600 - 57505750
130 HP 60° V45500 - 60005500 - 57505750
150 HP/150 H.O. 60° V64850 - 58505500 - 56005350
175 HP 60° V64850 - 58505500 - 56005350
200 HP 60° V64850 - 58505600 - 58505350
200 H.O. 90° V6 3.3L4500 - 58005500 - 57005150
225 HP/225 H.O. 90° V6 3.3L4500 - 58005500 - 57005150
250 HP 90° V6 3.3L4500 - 58005500 - 57005150
250 H.O. 90° V6 3.4L 4500 - 60005500 - 58505250
300 HP 90° V6 3.4L5000 - 60005500 - 58505500

2013

In c.2012 Evinrude changed from a model year designator to an alphanumeric designator. Use the table below for those engines made in 2013 and later.

ABA through AFA RPM QUICK REFERENCE CHART
Outboard ModelModel DesignatorRecommended
Operating Range
Optimum RPM RangeRated HP RPM
15 H.O.ABA5000 - 55005000 - 52505500
25 HPABA5500 - 60005400 - 57505500
30 HPABA5500 - 60005400 - 57505500
40 HPABA / AFA5500 - 60005500 - 58005500
50 HPABA / AFA5500 - 60005500 - 58005500
60 HPABA / AFA5500 - 60005500 - 58005500
75 HPABA5000 - 55005000 - 52005000
90 HPABA5000 - 55005000 - 52005000
90 H.O. - 115 HP 60° V4ABA / AFA5500 - 60005750 - 60005500
115 H.O. - 130 HP 60° V4ABA / AFA5500 - 60005400 - 57505750
135 H.O 60° V6AAB / ABA5300 - 60005500 - 57505300
150 HP/150 H.O. 60° V6AAB / ABA5300 - 60005500 - 57505300
175 HP 60° V6AAB / ABA5300 - 60005500 - 57505300
200 HP 60° V6AAC / ABA5300 - 60005500 - 56005300
200 H.O. 90° V6 3.3LAAC / ABA5250 - 60005500 - 57005700
225 HP/ 225 H.O. 90° V6 3.3LAAC / ABA5200 - 60005500 - 57005700
250 HP 90° V6 3.3LAAC / ABA5250 - 60005500 - 57005700
250 H.O. 90° V6 3.4LAAC / ABA5300 - 60005500 - 58005600
300 HP 90° V6 3.4L AAC / ABA5300 - 60005500 - 58005600

The E-TEC engine speed ranges shown in the column "Optimum RPM Range" are believed to be the engine speeds at which the particular E-TEC engine develops its peak horsepower. Selection of a propeller which puts the E-TEC engine into this speed range at wide-open-throttle should produce the best performance.

This chart is adapted from a widely published chart which is believed to be from Bombardier. The chart is often seen in the form of a JPEG image of this text. Presentation of text as rasterized images is an inefficient coding method.


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