Honda pow­ers up to ri­vals

NT News - Motoring - - MARINE GUIDE - By JON HUIE

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

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