- In 1928 Evinrude introduced the Super Elto Quad, an 18-horsepower motor capable of speeds in excess of 35 mph. This took the recreational boating industry into new waters. 1930 brought the first electric start for an outboard. And in 1931, Outboard Motor Corporation (OMC)--as the company is now called after various take-overs and ownership changes--overtook Johnson as the largest outboard manufacturer globally. Bombardier Recreational Products (BRP)--the Sea-Doo watercraft and sports boat manufacturer---now owns Evinrude.
The James Bond Connection
- An Evinrude 135-horsepower Starflite is featured in the 1973 Bond film "Live and Let Die". The boat set a Guinness world record by leaping 100 feet over a police vehicle in a chase stunt.
US Environment Protection Agency (EPA)
- By 2001 the mighty had fallen. OMC ceased operations after struggling to comply with new regulations designed to cut emissions. BRP picked up OMC's assets, and in September 2001 Bombardier-built engines were being produced. Ultimately, in 2005 the EPA awarded BRP the "Clean Air Excellence Award" for its Evinrude E-Tec technology.
- Today the Evinrude lineup consists of outboards ranging from its 3441cc displacement 300-horsepower V6 with performance gearcases and fuel injection, to the multi-fuel engine (MFE), which can run on kerosene or standard gasoline by flipping a switch, and is fully immersible.
- Evinrude's model lineup consists of five E-Tec High Output (HO) sports-type engines tuned for power and speed. They range in horsepower from 115 to 250. There are six E-Tec 2.6 to 3.4-liter engines that combine less weight and higher torque. They range in power from 150 to 300hp. There are two 4-cylinder engines; one is 115hp and one is 130hp. They are low maintenance. There are seven inlines, which are mid-size, light engines and range in power from 25 to 90hp. There is the 55hp MFE. And there are two low maintenance commercial engines at 65 and 90hp.