- HP : 150
We are often asked if we prefer direct injected two strokes over fuel injected four strokes. The answer is often (but not always) yes and that hull type plays into the decision as well. Something that’s possibly even more important to me than 2 stroke vs. 4 stroke is a V-6 vs. inline 4 engine block.
A V-6 engine block offers smoother, stronger acceleration than an inline design. The vibrations from one cylinder bank are neutralized by the opposite cylinder bank naturally as both banks of cylinders continue to produce power. An inline engine design often incorporates a counterbalance shaft to offset vibration but this adds weight and robs horsepower from the engine.
In the 150 hp category only Evinrude E-Tec and Mercury OptiMax Pro XS offer a V-6 block and either outboard would be an excellent choice for most mid-size runabouts and family fishing rigs.
With fewer internal moving parts, direct injected two strokes are lighter and require less maintenance. A 150 Evinrude E-Tec is 10% lighter than the lightest 4 cylinder four stroke and requires no scheduled maintenance for 3 years or 300 hours of service!
If light weight, smooth running characteristics and quick acceleration are important to you then we feel the choice is simple. Choose Evinrude E-Tec and you will be pleased with your choice for years to come.