Honda powers up to rivals
HONDA chose the recent 2011 Miami International Boat Show to unveil a new concept V6 250hp four-stroke outboard as a prelude to full production later this year.
It is welcome news for Honda fans because at present the largest motors in its range are the 175hp, 200hp and 225hp trio, which share a common 3.352-litre powerhead.
Meanwhile, major rivals Yamaha and Suzuki have a mix of top-range four-stroke outboards from 250hp to 350hp.
The new 250hp outboard now puts Honda in the hunt to power up some of Australia’s elite fibreglass offshore boats, like CruiseCraft’s 685 Outsider model, the popular locally built Northbank 650 as well as Haines Hunter’s 600 and 650 limited R series.
These craft range from 6.35m to 6.85m, with maximum 250-300hp outboard ratings.
The Honda BF250 will also suit some of the larger alloy offshore boats on the market.
Specifications are sketchy but the 3.6-litre powerhead is comparable to Suzuki’s 3.614-litre and Yamaha’s 3.352-litre 250hp outboards. Motor weight details are not yet available. The new BF250 engine incorporates the company’s Formula One race-car-bred BLAST air/fuel ratio-linked ignition-timing technology, VTEC variable valve timing and ECOmo lean burn system, all electronically controlled.
These same features and systems are inherent in Honda’s fuel-efficient, highperformance, emission-compliant and superbly smooth 200hp and 225hp models.
The engine will be NMEA 2000 compatible, enabling engine management, fuel burn and performance information to be displayed on state-of-the-art marine electronic suites.
The new outboard now puts Honda in the hunt to power up some of Australia’s elite fibreglass offshore boats, like CruiseCraft’s 685 Outsider model, the popular locally built Northbank 650 as well as Haines Hunter’s 600 and 650 limited R series
The Honda 250hp outboard will provide stern competition for its rivals