BRP to eliminate some Johnson models in U.S.

SARASOTA, Fla. – Bombardier Recreational Products Inc. is expanding its Evinrude E-TEC outboard engine line-up, but will discontinue its line of 40 to 225-hp Johnson four-stroke engines in the North American Market as of 2006, the company said in a release earlier this week.

As of 2006, the Johnson four-stroke line in North America, will only include 2.5, 4, 6, 9.9, 15, 25 and 30-hp engines. The 2.5-hp is a new addition to the line-up and will be available in early spring 2006. The Johnson carbureted two-stroke line-up will include 3.5, 9.9, 15, 90, 115, 150, and 175-hp models, BRP said.

The 115-hp 60-degree V4 E-TEC is now joined by a 130-hp engine and a 60-degree V6 platform that will be available in 150, 175, and 200-hp. As of fall 2005, the Evinrude E-TEC line-up will go from 40 through 250 hp, BRP said.

“The V4 and V6 constitute an important milestone toward completing our line-up,” said Roch Lambert, vice president, general manager, Outboard Marine Engines. “This achievement allows us to no longer offer, in the North American market, the 40 to 225-hp Johnson four-stroke engines as of 2006. We firmly believe the Evinrude E-TEC family of engines are the best in the market.”

Evinrude E-TEC will now be available in in-line 2-cylinder 40, 50, and 60-hp; in-line 3-cylinder 75 and 90-hp; V4 115 and 130-hp; V6, 2.5 liter, 150, 175, and 200-hp; V6, 3.3 liter, 200 HO, 225, 225 HO, and 250-hp models.

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