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The E-TEC G2 has landed. Here’s the pricing, availability and insight on the Quintrex Trident 690 drive…
After the global release of the Evinrude E-TEC G2 in June, the most sophisticated two-stroke outboard in the world has now arrived in Australia. It’s a stunning new engine offering more of just about everything except maintenance and running costs. As you see it here, the ‘Ironman of Outboards’ ensures the two-stroke engine has a long life ahead powering boats of many persuasions.
It’s taken the best part of six months, but the wait is over for those hanging to turn the key on the new-gen’ Evinrude E-TEC direct-injection two-stroke outboard. Here you can go further, faster, with greater comfort, burning less fuel and creating less emissions along the way.
The ground-breaking E-TEC G2 arrives in Australia following the world released we attended in Wisconsin in June this year. There are now full-production E-TEC G2s being rolled out to local Evinrude dealers, allowing you to try before you buy and, hopes parent company Bombardier Recreational Products (BRP), sign up for a repower… or a whole new colour-coded boat/motor rig.
The head-turning Quintrex Trident 690 (pictured) with a matching lime-green 250hp H.O G2 was among the demonstration boats at the global reveal. This eye-catching rig was run on Lake Michigan before the boat took centre stage at the indoor extravaganza in Milwaukee later that night.
To see ‘our’ best-selling boat brand parading before thronging international marine media and world Evinrude dealers was a very special moment. But it is no less revealing to encounter this exact same rig Down Under.
Our second dalliance confirmed much of what we learnt at the launch — this is a cutting-edge engine and it redefines and reinvigorates the two-stroke outboard as we knew it.
We drove the Trident 690 and its 250hp E-TEC H.O. G2 offshore from Sydney to get a better feel for how it performs on our open ocean rather than a lake. But this isn’t a boat test per se.
We tested the new Quintrex Trident 690 Hard Top with the 90-degree V6 250hp H.O E-TEC (G1) in July off the Gold Coast.
What we’re reporting on here is a purely subjective view of the new Evinrude 250hp G2 after several hours of bobbing around Sydney Harbour, mock trolling, hard accelerating, cruising and fast running, with an offshore run around North Head and a drift in the joggly seas for good measure.
Our drive Down Under follows some previous revealing offshore testing of the E-TEC G2 by Sydney fishing identity Michael Bonicci, who promptly blew the cobwebs out of a 250 H.O with a round trip to Port Stephens from Sydney one crazy weekend before a run to Coffs Harbour from Sydney soon after.
Running his new Sea Devil 620 and spinning a three-blade 19in Rebel prop, Bonicci averaged 0.75nm (1.4-1.5km) per litre, which is frugal by any measure. And, he will tell you, the engine hasn’t missed a beat.
Of course, ‘four-strokers’ make a deal about ‘two-strokers’ burning oil. On the 450km run to Coffs Harbour, the E-TEC G2 used about five litres of oil in total, we’re told.
E-TEC G2 VARIANTS
The new Evinrude E-TEC G2 comes in 200, 225, 250 and 300hp models based on the same 74-degree 3.4L V6 direct-injection two-stroke engine block but using different computer chips.
The 200 and 225hp H.O variants have shorter shafts (no 30in option) and heavier graphics for the bass-boat market, while the 250 and 300 H.Os have different exhaust porting.
There will be a new 300hp RAVE with variable exhaust (for low- and high-end performance) released here next March/April for the sportsboat and skiboat market. Incidentally, Evinrude has been winning events like the Southern 80 and Bridge to Bridge and we predict the RAVE will be the start of something big in the traditional black-engine arena.
PRICING AND AVAILABILITY
The manufacturer suggested retail price (MSRP) for the E-TEC G2s ranges from around $28K for the 200hp (roughly 10 per cent more than a G1) to $38K for the 300hp. This excludes installation which, due to the innovative clean rigging, integrated hydraulic steering and oil bottle under the cowling, should be a cinch and cost, say, $500-$1K.
True availability of these new E-TEC G2s has now been put out to late January to early February 2015. But with this new Evinrude product, BRP has already grabbed a great deal of attention in the outboard market, where it enjoys 16-20 per cent market share in Australia. The G2s may lift that stake in the 200-300hp heavy-hitter class.
THE NUTS AND BOLTS
We have got in deep with the E-TEC G2 in our initial report. In case you missed it, you can read more about the technical details of the Evinrude E-TEC G2.
The 10 key features include:
>> Totally new, ground-breaking, visually exciting direct-injection two-stroke engine from skeg to head
>> 75 per cent fewer total regulated emissions, 15 per cent better fuel efficiency and 20 per cent more torque than four-stroke competition
>> Impressive mid-range acceleration where four-stroke outboards can be doughy
>> Clean rigging means boaters get 60cm more aft deck and splash well to play with
>> New mid-section with less movement at engine mounts, integrated power steering and three adjustable feedback levels at helm
>> Integrated oil bottle adds to ease of fit-up and overall integration
>> Automatic trim system to remove the ‘black art’ for newbies
>> Hundreds of colour-and-graphic combos and customisable look for partner boatbuilders
>> 5+5+5 warranty, corrosion warranty and five-year/500 hour first dealer service
>> A breath of fresh air and design backed by class-leading performance in the outboard-engine world
Our revisit confirmed a lot of what we initially reported on from the North America launch.
With a cool lime-green wrap and graphics extending from bow to engine cowling, the stunning Quinnie tinnie rig is a head turner foremost. As with the launch, locals have responded agreeably to the brash superhero-inspired engine looks and the matching boat/motor colour scheme when towed across town and scooting about the harbour.
“This will change things a lot,” Paul Phelan, CEO at Telwater, the parent company of Quintrex, told BoatPoint and boatsales during the initial overseas launch. He said Telwater will sell 900 Evinrude E-TEC outboards this year, with a target of 1000 in 2015.
Factory-rigged BMT packages are growing for Telwater and the new E-TEC G2 with clean-rigging offers a faster fit-up and, with integrated power steering and oil bottle under the cowling, a lot less left to chance for smaller dealers, too.
Additional owner-operator cost savings come from the long-interval servicing, with the first dealer service at 500 engine hours or five years, following annual preventative maintenance schedules by the owner as outlined in the manual.
In the case of the aforesaid E-TEC demo on the Bonicci’s Sea Devil, his 145 engine hours (at the time of writing) would have already cost him a bomb. “If it were a four-stroke it would have been back twice, for the first service and the 100-hour service,” confirmed BRP’s Riley Tolmay during our Sydney drive.
The other big saving is with fuel costs, with the stated 15 per cent better fuel economy than the four strokes in the same horsepower class.
With the 200-litre underfloor fuel tank and that 1.5km/litre consumption average, the Quintrex Trident 690 with 250hp E-TEC G2 has a safe range of 145nm (270km) at fast 4000rpm cruise speed of around 30-31 knots (56.5km/h) from 90 per cent of the fuel supply.
The top speed we saw on the day was 44.6 knots at 5600rpm, with 45 knots reported back to us later in the day on flat water. A smooth offshore cruise was maintained at a lazy 2800rpm and 20-21 knots, where the 250hp E-TEC G2 consumed 55 litres/100km equating to 1.80km per litre.
It was at this sensible offshore cruise speed in the bouncy water off North Head that the big Quintrex Trident 690 felt most comfortable, while remaining dry and surefooted. There’s a load of freeboard in this boat and it offers a reassuring amount of lift to ride up and over swells while on and off the plane.
The boat is incredibly stable and at bluewater lure-trolling speed around 8 knots you’re burning just 3.3 litres per hour. Shift the boat onto the plane with some negative or leg-in trim and you can hold 12 knots rough-water cruise at 2600rpm for 17 litres per hour.
Such is the power on tap and the boat’s volume, that you could really pack a stack of tackle and anglers aboard the Trident 690 and 250hp Evinrude E-TEC G2 package. It’s a big boat with loads of buoyancy, oodles of horsepower and torque.
Figures aside, the E-TEC G2 proved smoke free and agreeable through the rev range. It’s a very quiet engine and the new mid-section acts like a shock absorber. There was certainly reduced vibration on the transom of this big alloy rig compared with those two-stroke rattlers of old.
Acceleration was exceptional, but the most impressive aspect of the performance in the mid-range torque. You really have power on tap, where you want it, for accelerating out of a trough and powering up the back of a swell. This throttle response could come in handy for bar work.
Although there was a fair bit of slip in the RX4 18in four-blade prop, it was set-up for optimum cruising which is what you’re doing most of the time with a boat like this.
We could go on, suffice to say the E-TEC G2 experience is a very pleasant one. Your boating comfort is maximised, engine noise and fuel use are low, power is on tap, servicing is infrequent, and the engine is backed by a five-year warranty.
The innocuous operation of this outboard engine, the smarts and cunning, and the fact that it almost goes unnoticed is the very measure of a great boat engine. There’s nothing confronting, except the avant-garde looks that catch your eye, if not the throaty roar when you plant the throttle.
Find a dealer and take a test drive and play with the online engine-selector to create your own custom outboard. Colour-coded outboards are a trend in 2014. BRP is in the thick of the action and its new G2s have reawakened the two-stroke outboard market.
Specifications: Evinrude E-TEC G2
Horsepower: 200 H.O, 225 H.O, 250 H.O; 225hp, 250hp, 300hp
Engine Type: V6 74-degree E-TEC D.I
Bore x Stroke: 3.854 x 3.000 (98 x 76)
Displacement: 3.4 litres
Gear ratio: 1.85:1
Full Throttle: 5400-6000rpm
Fuel Induction: E-TEC Direct Injection with stratified low RPM combustion mode
Alternator: 133A total, 50 net dedicated, 14A@idle
Steering: Integrated hydraulic power steering
Trim Range: -6-15
Tilt range: 81 degrees
Shaft Length: 20in, 25in, 30in (not H.O)
Lubrication: Multipoint targeting oiling
Oil Tank Capacity: Integral 7.6 litres (good for 200 hours), optional bigger free-standing tanks
Recommended Oil: Evinrude/Johnson XD-100
Recommended Fuel: 87 Octane
Warranty: Five-year, non declining
Dealer Serving: After 500 hours or five years
Emissions Compliance: EPA2013, Carb 3 Star, European Union
Mounting Centres: Minimum 26in
Availability: November 2014 in Australia