BRP, renowned for its Evinrude and Johnson outboard brands, is back in the yachting industry with a new Rotax outboard engine. The group defines it as a Stealth technology engine, since it is semi-hidden under the boat, and it will be offered in 115- to 150-horsepower options.
BRP launches Rotax stealth outboard (115 to 150 horsepower)
After an absence that lasted a full two years (read here about Evinrude stopping to make outboards), the group is back on the market with an all-new engine. In fact, the Rotax stealth engine is an outboard and shares, according to BRP’s first communication, these aspects with conventional ones:
- ease of maintenance
What is new then? The Rotax outboard is virtually invisible, hidden under the boat. This results into the great advantage of having the full aft platform free while saving the space of an engine room below deck. A problem, this one, to which until now only De Antonio Yachts had been able to provide a functional answer with its traditional “hidden” outboards.
Rotax outboard will be a semi-submersible outboard and will be offered in 115-hp and 150-hp configurations. According to BRP statements, the new Rotax outboard engine offers 20% better fuel efficiency than conventional counterparts. At the same time, it also promises a 12% reduction in emissions and a 98 % reduction in carbon monoxide idling compared to leading outboard engines.
Why is the Rotax outboard called “stealth”?
The definition stealth engine is certainly evocative and impactful. But why the Rotax outboard got this name? The reason is easy to understand. It is under the aft platform, semi-submerged, almost invisible at first glance, and then due to its location it is also quieter than traditional outboard motors.
Where the Rotax outboard will be installed
BRP now plans to launch completely redesigned Manitou, Alumacraft and Quintrex boats, equipped with the new Rotax outboard engine, partially “hidden” under the boat.
“Today we are proud,” says Karim Donnez, Chairman of BRP’s Marine Group – to introduce the new Manitou pontoons and the Alumacraft and Quintrex boats. Built on the brands’ respective legacies, and elevated through BRP’s unique design approach and invisible motor technology, these new products are much more distinctive, contemporary, and spacious. This is just the first wave of what we set out to accomplish in our marine industry, and we plan to continue to push the technology even further.”