BRP Sets New Benchmark for High Fuel Efficiency and Low Emissions with the
New Rotax ACE Family of Engines

ORLANDO, FL, Feb. 25 /CNW Telbec/ - At its annual meeting of Ski-Doo snowmobile dealers and distributors, BRP introduced the first in a new family of Rotax four-stroke engines that sets new standards for fuel efficiency, lower emissions and value.

Available in the 2011 Ski-Doo line-up, the first engine of this family, the Rotax 600 ACE (Advanced Combustion Efficiency) engine delivers outstanding fuel economy at *29 miles per gallon (8 L/100 km) with a fuel range of 310 miles or 500 kilometres. And its lower emissions (8 g/kw-hr HC and 90 g/kw-hr CO) surpass the US EPA standards for 2012 (75 HC & 200 CO) and the stringent Best Available Technology (BAT) standards (15 HC & 120 CO) required to ride in Yellowstone National Park.

The lightweight 60-horsepower four-stroke dual-overhead cam two-cylinder engine uses unique technologies to optimize combustion, minimize frictional losses and free intake and exhaust breathing, without a trade off in power output. For instance, the valve train is a high acceleration design and key components are coated with a sophisticated "diamond-like coating" that greatly reduces friction.

"BRP sees this new engine as key to getting more people to try snowmobiling. The fuel consumption of BRP's 2011 Ski-Doo sleds equipped with the new Rotax 600 ACE engine is up to 45% lower than our closest competitor," said Bob Lumley, vice president, Sales and Marketing, Ski-Doo/Sea-Doo. "Its outstanding fuel mileage rivals most automobiles; not to mention the fact that it is quieter than most other snowmobile engines and requires very low maintenance," concluded Lumley.

For the 2011 Ski-Doo line-up, the 600 ACE engine joins other cleaner Rotax two-strokes including the new Rotax E-TEC 800R (new for 2011) and the E-TEC 600 H.O. engines.

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(R) and Lynx(R) snowmobiles, Sea-Doo(R) watercraft and sport boats, Evinrude(R) and Johnson(R) outboard engines, direct injection technologies such as E-TEC(R), Can-Am(R) all-terrain vehicles and roadsters, as well as Rotax(R) engines and karts. With manufacturing facilities on three continents, BRP products are distributed in more than 80 countries.

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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.

    
    * 29 miles/US gallon versus 35 miles/Imperial gallon or 8 litres per
        100 kilometres.
    

SOURCE BRP

For further information: For further information: on the company: Johanne Denault, Manager, Corporate Communications, (450) 532-5173, johanne.denault@brp.com; For product information: Canada & U.S.: Steve Cowing, PR and Media Relations Manager, Ski-Doo, (651) 755-2520, steve.cowing@brp.com; International: Marc Lacroix, Director, Product Management, International division, (450) 532-5023, marc.lacroix@brp.com

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