Evinrude - E-TEC G2 200 HP
With numerous advancements intended to improve drivability, the Evinrude E-TEC G2 200 HP is targeted at the high-end pontoon and runabout markets in freshwater, and at bay boats and center consoles for saltwater use. The motor comes with automatic trim, integrated hydraulic steering with an adjustable power assist and digital shift and throttle. Joystick docking is an available option.
Evinrude says the engine makes 30% more peak torque, which helps push pontoons and runabouts to provide more fun on the water. The manufacturer also says that the Evinrude E-TEC G2 200 HP’s best-in-class fuel economy helps offshore fishermen travel farther offshore on the same amount of gas. Additionally, the E-TEC G2 200 HP has the cleanest reportable emissions.
For a true turn-key experience, the engine requires no break-in and has no scheduled maintenance for up to 5 years or 500 hours. It has more than 100 fewer parts that a competitive four-stroke outboard, and it comes with a five-year warranty, including corrosion.
A pair of 200 HP engines with exclusive Metallic Green panels helped bring Manitou’s new 25 X-Plode XT pontoon boat to life.
A single Evinrude E-TEC G2 200 HP engine extends the range for boats like this Sea Pro 219 center console.
Evinrude says the E-TEC G2 200 HP is a good fit for boats like this Key West 210 bay boat because its 2-stroke torque allows the boat to quickly get on plane.
• Automatic trim system i-Trim
• Integrated hydraulic steering with adjustable power assist
• Digital shift and throttle
• 81-degrees of tilt
• High torque at low- and mid-range RPM
• Magneto-style alternator eliminates belts and pulleys
• Multi-color lightweight polymer panels
• Robust gear case (same on all E-TEC G2 models from 150 HP to 300 HP)
• Low water pick-ups come standard
• Five-year warranty, including corrosion
• Raw water-cooled Engine Management Module
Upgraded Mid-Section. When an owner starts looking at boats powered by higher-output motors such as the Evinrude E-TEC G2 200 HP, features that help make it easier to drive the boat become more important. Evinrude’s E-TEC G2 midsection is a major design advance that makes it easier to drive and rig a boat. The midsection contains the hydraulic steering unit and an adjustable power assist pump that turns the motor during maneuvering. Combined, this creates Evinrude's Dynamic Power Steering (DPS) system which allows the driver to adjust the amount of assist they feel when turning the wheel.
Integrating the steering system into the midsection keeps it from being exposed to the elements and creates a cleaner overall look.
For easier rigging, all the cables and hoses are run through a single tube.
i-Trim. The midsection also contains the hydraulic rams for the Evinrude i-Trim automatic trim system that, as the name implies, automatically adjusts the engine trim. This function is good for beginners and for experienced captains who don’t want to have to constantly adjust the engine trim during a long day of fishing. For captains who prefer to control the trim themselves, it can easily be turned off. The E-TEC G2 200 HP has a substantially larger tilt tube that better supports the motor and allows it to trim up to 81-degrees to fully get it out of saltwater when at a slip or on a mooring. Up top, the patented Dual Axis Rigging tube contains all the wires and harnesses. The result is a much cleaner stern, especially when multiple engines are installed.
Below, the trim rams for the i-Trim automatic trim system are contained in the midsection. Above, the tilt tube has an extra-large diameter to better support the motor when it’s tilted out of the water.
Top, the Dual Axis Rigging tube is located just above the tilt tube. All wires and hoses run through it, and there are no exposed rigging components.
On the left is the stern of a boat with the E-TEC G2’s clean rigging. On the right is a traditional outboard installation.
Digital Shift and Throttle. Nothing makes an experienced boater or mechanic cringe more than hearing a captain grind an outboard into gear. The E-TEC G2 200 HP comes standard with digital shift and throttle that consistently produces smooth shifting in and out of gear thanks to a shift module located in the motor’s gearcase or lower unit. Using digital controls facilitates rigging and eliminates the long cables and linkages that are exposed to corrosion. The digital controls also let owners of multi-engine installations easily sync their motors. An owner can also add optional joystick controls to facilitate docking.
Here we see the helm of a pontoon boat with the Icon digital shift and throttle and the optional joystick control, i-Dock, aft.
All New Gearcase. Like all E-TEC G2 motors, the E-TEC G2 200 HP has Evinrude’s new SLX gearcase. Inside, the SLX gearcase has more robust gears to enhance overall durability. It has a larger anti-ventilation plate, and the vertical leading edge is intended to slice through the water with more hydrodynamic efficiency. It also has a narrow profile to cut through any weeds. This should keep the two water pickups on each side of the gearcase free of debris. On the bottom, the skeg has a cambered design to offset propeller torque. This eliminates the need for an adjustable trim tab. The E-TEC G2 200 HP comes with 2.17:1 reduction gear in the lower unit and is available in 20” (50.8 cm) and 25” (63.5 cm) shaft lengths.
The top arrow points at the digital shift module in the SLX gearcase. It connects via the middle and lower linkages to the gears to engage the propeller.
Notice the thin, straight leading edge of the SLX gearcase. It’s designed to cut through weeds or seaweed to keep the water intakes clear.
Easy Maintenance. Evinrude builds the E-TEC G2 200 HP with an auto-winterizing feature. When the time comes to put away the motor for the chilly months, hit the auto-winterize function and that’s it. If an unexpected warm day pops up, the engine can be quickly de-winterized and then put away again when the temperatures drop. This saves a trip to the dealer -- and the resulting bill. To improve corrosion resistance, many on board components are stainless steel, and the midsection and exhaust systems are coated in titanium oxide that is electrostatically applied.
On the back of the motor, this inlet is threaded and sized for a freshwater hose.
The E-TEC G2 200 HP is not required to have service for five years or 500 hours, whichever comes first. This saves an owner money in maintenance costs compared to competitive engine brands.
Color Choices. The most obvious difference between the Evinrude E-TEC G2s and other outboards on the market is their appearance. The E-TEC G2s have lightweight polymer side panels that secure with quarter-turn-style fasteners and a lightweight top cowl that latches in place. The individual panels are much lighter than conventional cowlings and come in seven color choices -- including Mossy Oak -- with 14 available accent graphics. The Evinrude E-TEC G2 engines offer custom-matched panels to a boat manufacturer’s specific color, creating a cohesive package.
The Evinrude E-TEC G2 engines offer seven available colors for the polymer panels plus 14 accents.
Evinrude also offers exclusive custom matched panels with select boat builder partners, as we see here with the Metallic Green on the Manitou 25 X-Plode XT.
The Inside Story. Now that we know about what makes the engine easy to operate let’s take a look inside this powerful outboard. As previously mentioned, Evinrude says the E-TEC G2 200 HP makes 30% more peak torque than a competitive 4-stroke outboard.
That’s because the E-TECs are 2-stroke outboards. That means the engine makes power on every stroke of the crankshaft instead of every other. That added torque in the lower and mid-RPM ranges means the engine can keep a boat on plane at lower rpm than a 4-stroke of equal power. This translates into potentially greater range for saltwater fishermen and it means less money spent at the gas dock.
Because it’s based on 2-stroke technology, the Evinrude E-TEC G2 200 HP engine makes power on every stroke of the crankshaft. This increases torque.
Purposely Designed. Evinrude started from scratch with the new E-TEC G2 engines, designing the 167-cid (2.7-liter.274cc) 66-degree V-shaped aluminum block specifically for direct fuel injection. It has a bore and stroke of 3.386” x 3.100” (86mm x 78.7 mm).
Each cylinder has its own injector, and the six spark plugs are positioned close to the injectors to improve combustion quality. The Engine Management Module (EMM) controls the motor’s operating functions including fuel delivery to ensure that the air to fuel mixture remains optimum for conditions.
Note the location of the spark plug wire just in front of the injector housing.
Here the cylinder is compressing the air-fuel mixture prior to spark-plug ignition. The close proximity of the injector to the sparkplug creates more powerful combustion.
The E-TEC G2 200 HP’s Electronic Management Module (EMM) is on top of the motor and it controls multiple engine functions, including fuel injection.
Beltless Charging. With all the charging demands placed on modern outboard engines, Evinrude developed a powerful magneto-style charging system for the E-TEC G2 engines. It eliminates belts and pulleys, which simplifies the system and eliminates potential breakdowns. It makes 133 amps of power, 50 of which are available to charge the battery and run on board accessories. That’s more amperage output than on most outboards in class.
The E-TEC G2 200 HP’s magneto charging system has no belts or pulleys, and it produces more than 130 amps.
Biggest Tank. Checking out the E-TEC G2 200 HP’s service items, remove the top cowl by simply squeezing a trigger-style latch and there’s the big yellow fill cap for the three-gallon 2-stroke oil reservoir, which is the largest on board tank in the industry. Evinrude says an owner should be able to get approximately 50 hours out of a tank of oil. Most conventional outboard engines have a remote tank installed somewhere in the boat. Also forward beneath the top cowl are posts that can be used to jumpstart the motor if the battery dies.
Notice the catch well around the oil fill cap that will contain spills. Forward on each side are the posts for jumpstarting the engine.
Starboard Side. When we removed the E-TEC G2 200 HP’s starboard-side panel, we saw the 3-gallon (11.35-L) oil tank. It’s equipped with a digital sending unit on top that supplies level information to the helm. Right next to the sender is a water-resistant on board fuse box that contains a backup fuse and forward is the motor’s starter.
The 3-gallon (11.35-liter) tank for two-stroke oil can go as long as 50 hours before a refill. Aft of the reservoir are the starboard-side injectors and spark plugs.
Port Side. On the port side of the E-TEC G2 200 HP, working fore to aft, there’s a fuel-vapor separator and a fuel-pump diaphragm forward of the fuel-water separator. The plastic lower-unit gear lube bottle is clear by design so an owner or technician can check quality and quantity at a glance. Aft are the three fuel injectors and spark plugs.
The white fuel-water separator and clear lower unit gear lube bottle are positioned for easy access.
We tested the Evinrude E-TEC G2 200 HP on three different boats, Manitou 25 X-Plode XT SHP, a Sea Pro 219 Deep V CC and a Key West 208 Bay Reef. Following are the results.
These are the performance numbers for twin Evinrude E-TEC G2 200 HP engines on a Manitou 25 X-Plode XT SHP.
A single Evinrude E-TEC G2 200 HP engine gives the Sea Pro 219 Deep V CC a range of 290 miles.
With an E-TEC G2 200 HP on the transom, the Key West 208 Bay Reef can run 265 miles at 25.6 mph.
Five-year engine and non-declining corrosion warranty.
Options to Consider
• Joystick docking
• Three choices of Icon helm screens
The Icon Touch 4.3 CTS is a 4.3” (10.9 cm) color touchscreen is one of three available multi-function screens for the E-TEC G2 200 HP.
• E-Link wireless hub that provides data to a smart phone or tablet
The Evinrude E-TEC G2 200 HP has a full arsenal of features that make this motor easier to drive than other outboards. The integrated hydraulic steering is the only onboard system we know of in this size range. The same goes for the automatic trim and digital shift and throttle control. It may seem trivial, but we think that being able to match the color of the motor to the boat will be a big selling bonus.
Factor in that there’s no break-in and that the first service interval is at 500 hours, and the motor looks even more attractive.
Combine the ease of operation with the torque and fuel-efficiency advantages and this motor should have far-reaching appeal. The only downside to the motor is that the outlet that many captains like to look at to know there’s water moving through the system is directly on the back of the midsection, which makes it hard to see at a quick glance.