BRP Introduces New Rotax E-Tec 800R Snowmobile Engine

More Horsepower and up to 37% Better Fuel Economy

Valcourt, Québec – January 19, 2010 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – BRP is expanding its revolutionary E-TEC engine technology in Ski-Doo snowmobiles with the introduction of the much anticipated Rotax E-TEC 800R engine.  This lightweight two-stroke engine uses sophisticated electronic injectors and a powerful central computer to deliver stunning improvements in performance, efficiency and ease-of-use. This engine debuts in a limited build 2010 Ski Doo MX Z X-package sled.

“This is a no compromise engine. ¬Not only does it generate more power, but it sets new benchmarks for fuel and oil economy,” said Bob Lumley, vice-president, Sales & Marketing, Ski-Doo/Sea-Doo.  “In fact, the new Rotax E-TEC 800R engine is up to 37% better than our competitors in fuel economy,” added Lumley.

Benefits of the Rotax 800R E-TEC engine include:

  • horsepower exceeding the Rotax PowerT.E.K. 800 engine;
  • outstanding fuel economy: 19 mpg (12.3 l/100 km);
  • great fuel range: 202 miles (325km);
  • increased oil economy: 264 miles/quart (450 km/l);
  • virtually no smoke or smell;
  • lower emissions than any other 800cc snowmobile on the market;
  • first pull starts every time;
  • super smooth, refined idle;
  • significantly lighter throttle pull;
  • automatic break-in function;
  • automatic summerization function.

BRP first introduced the E-TEC technology in its Evinrude outboard engines in 2003 and subsequently won the Clean Air Technology Excellence Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.  Adapted later on for Ski-Doo snowmobiles, it was first brought to the market in 2008 with the Rotax E-TEC 600 H.O. engine.  Since then, it has become the industry’s best-selling 600cc engine and has won numerous industry awards.

“This introduction reflects the outstanding innovative capabilities of BRP, especially in expanding more environmentally friendly technologies,” said Yves Leduc, vice- president and general manager, North America division. “Transferring technology and know-how from one product to another demonstrates the strength and capabilities of our design and engineering teams. It also extends our products’ leadership farther and faster.”
A limited number of black 2010 Ski-Doo MX Z X snowmobiles powered by the new engine will be available for purchase at North American BRP dealers in the next few days.

So consumers can experience this remarkable new engine, a demo tour of the Ski-Doo MX Z X 800R E-TEC sleds will be travelling the snowbelt for the remainder of the winter (a schedule of events is available on   Plus, a handful of Summit E-TEC 800R models will be available as demonstration units.

Bombardier Recreational Products Inc. (BRP), a privately-held company, is a world leader in the design, development, manufacturing, distribution and marketing of motorised recreational vehicles. Its portfolio of brands and products includes: Ski Doo® and Lynx® snowmobiles, Sea Doo® watercraft and sport boats, Evinrude® and Johnson® outboard engines, direct injection technologies such as E TEC®, Can Am™ all-terrain vehicles and roadsters, as well as Rotax® engines and karts. With manufacturing facilities on three continents, BRP products are distributed in more than 80 countries.

Sea-Doo, Ski-Doo, Lynx, Evinrude, Johnson, Can-Am, Rotax, Spyder, E-TEC and the BRP logo are trademarks of Bombardier Recreational Products Inc. or its affiliates.  All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

For corporate information:

Johanne Denault
Manager, Corporate Communications
Tel: 450.532.5173

For product information:

Canada & U.S.:
Steve Cowing
PR and Media Relations Manager

Marc Lacroix
Director, Product Management,
BRP International division