Technical Tidbits: The Evinrude E-TEC 135 H.O. Engine

The declining economy over the past few years has forced folks to downsize drastically. In response, Evinrude recently introduced a 135 H.O. outboard for these austere times. This new addition to the V-6 series is targeted for the smaller bass boat, the growing popularity of flats boats, and for economical repowering of offshore vessels. Boaters can save a few bucks yet enjoy similar performance and features as the popular but more expensive 150 hp family of outboards. It’s another way Evinrude adds to your boating pleasure along with helping your pocketbook.


The 60° V-6 135 H.O. is tuned for best power output; however it operates quietly and outperforms many competitors’ 150 hp outboards. Its low end torque, essential to pull up water-skiers or to push a heavy boat through following seas, is greater than many of the higher horsepower 4-strokes on the market today. In the 130-140 hp class, no current engine of any make can touch it for all around boating performance and in addition, it makes fools of the larger 150 hp 4-strokes in overall drivability.




In the 20″ shaft length, Evinrude’s new 135 H.O. comes in either dark blue or white with eye-catching graphics and the high-speed L2 gearcase for maximum efficiency on performance hulls.


The offshore crowd is able to take advantage of this new economical outboard as well. Available in a 25″ shaft length with the heavy-duty M2 gearcase (SLE) in both regular (RH) and counter-rotation (CCW) versions, the 135 H.O. makes it possible to power twin-engine rigs. Making those far offshore runs to catch the big fish as well as reducing fuel consumption for a greater range per tankful is now possible. On newer runabouts or multi-species boats, the powerful low-end torque of this outboard will get the craft up on plane very quickly, even with a heavy load of passengers or tournament gear aboard. Pontoon boats will benefit with the greater load carrying ability and speeds compared to similar sized competitors’ engines.


The Evinrude E-TEC 135 H.O. is almost identical to its more powerful siblings in the 150-200 hp range. Displacing 2.6 liters, (158 cubic inches) this newest V6 has all the features that have made E-TEC so reliable yet requires less maintenance than other brands.  It has 17% more mid-range torque than the new Mercury 4-stroke 150 and much more than that when compared to the Yamaha F150.


The built-in alternator delivers a full 133 amps, the greatest around, and can be fitted with an optional battery isolator cable for the independent charging of dual batteries. For durability, the 135 H.O. uses the same proven gearcases as the higher horsepower outboards in the Evinrude lineup.  At only 418#, it is the lightest of the 130 to 150 hp outboards available today.  For the boater who desires fly-by-wire electronic gear and throttle controls, the 135 H.O. may be fitted with the digital ICON System for fingertip shifting, push-button synchronizing of multiple engines and precise incremental rpm adjustments at any speed.


If you are in the market for a mid-size boat or wish to repower your existing rig, be sure to consider the new E-TEC 135 H.O. as an economical alternative to the more expensive 150hp outboards. Truly, the Evinrude 135 H.O. is not only the best in its class but it even outshines a variety of other manufacturers in the 150hp outboard category.


For more information contact your local Evinrude dealer or visit . A video featuring the 135 H.O. in more detail is available here.




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