Originally Posted by Seaharrier
When i bought mine, I asked the same question. According to the Evinrude representative there is no difference between both. It's pure marketing, especially for the US.
Is that from a dealer rep or a factory rep? Don't expect every (most?) dealers to know what the hell they're talking about. Well, I suppose it doesn't really matter... I can tell you from experience in automobile sales, coming in as an enthusiast of the brand, I knew more about the technical details of the cars than all of my associates, most of the service advisors, and more than the Factory sales rep! Wasn't long before I was the senior sales manager, but that's another story.
Not that I claim to be an E-TEC expert... but if BRP charged several hundred dollars more, claimed that there were specific product differences (as I quoted above) and there aren't, there will be a false advertising claim and class action lawsuit from some attorney so quickly it would make your head spin. And the government fines are substantial... The Federal Trade Commission takes deceptive trade practices fairly seriously.
If you want a definitive answer from an enthusiast Evinrude technician/dealer, as Rusty here
. I suspect he could quote the difference in part numbers from the top of his head!