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Evinrude E-TEC 135 High Output
Direct-Injected 2-Stroke Outboard Motor

Evinrude E-TEC 135 HO Built to Compete
With 100- to 150-Horsepower 4-Stroke Outboard Motors

Evinrude E-TEC 135 High Output outboard motor

BRP's Evinrude E-TEC 135 HO is a direct-injected 2-stroke outboard specifically engineered for high performance boats including freshwater fishing, pontoon, bay and flats or inshore and offshore saltwater applications. Restated for emphasis: This 2-stroke outboard pushes the performance envelope.

Inherent to its 2-stroke powerhead it's got lots of torque at low rpm. In fact, according to an Evinrude spokesman, it boasts up to 36-percent more torque than competing 150-hp 4-strokes. Digging more deeply into its particulars we find this big V-6's displacement is 2.6 liters/158 CID. Which brings to mind the timeworn, old axiom that states: There is no substitute for cubic inches. It's true.

Another critical design element, this motor weighs just 418 pounds, lending the big, pounding 135 H.O the best power-to-weight ratio in the industry, paying dividends in fuel economy and boasting a 3-Star CARB clean emission rating from the EPA with as much as three times better fuel economy at idle speeds than competitive 4-stroke models. You'll also want to know lubricating oil is injected at multiple points inside crankcase and cylinder block a scenario that dramatically improves lubrication at slow speeds, increasing engine life in the process. Wonder about warranty? Evinrude offers a 3-year non-declining warranty and 3 years or 300 hours worth of no dealer-scheduled maintenance.

Aficionados can order one of the 2-stroke outboards today from authorized Evinrude dealers located throughout North America with delivery on schedule to begin in January 2013. It's available in four configurations including: 20-inch white, 20-inch blue, 25-inch white and 25-inch white counter rotation. Finally, BRP Evinrude outboards range from 3.5- to 300-horsepower and are available at authorized Evinrude dealerships worldwide.

Author Timothy Banse has published articles in Popular Mechanics, All Chevy, Pickup Van & 4-Wheel Drive, Mecanica Popular, Motor Boating, Yachting, Mar y Vela and many other magazines and newspapers from around the world. He writes about cars, trucks and tow vehicles and marine-engine technology.