Topnotch technology in new Honda outboard
IT has been a long wait for loyal Honda fans but the company’s new 250hp fourstroke outboard will be available soon.
Previously, the highly acclaimed 225hp model was the largest in the range, which restricted Honda from powering up elite-brand 6.5-7m blue-water fibreglass boats like Cruisecraft, Haines Hunter, Whittley, Signature and Northbank.
Curiously, the new V6 single overhead cam 3.58-litre motor has a smaller displacement than comparable Yamaha and Suzuki four-strokes, and yet it is about 14-23kg heavier. But the BF250 gets all of Honda’s renowned topnotch technology, including multi-port microcomputer programmed fuel injection, VTEC variable valve lift, BLAST (Boosted Low Speed Torque) and the company’s patented ECOMO lean-burn fuel system.
In an outboard industry first, Honda has introduced a direct-air dual-circuit induction system. One circuit draws cooling air into the front and around vital engine components. It is supplemented by a top-mounted alternator cooling fan.
The second circuit routes air from upper cowling intake vents, removes moisture and then inducts it into the throttle body. Honda says the cooler denser air results in better combustion.
A new idle-charging system caters for hi-tech marine electronic suites. If the engine management unit senses excessive demand, there is an automatic 100rpm increase and the alternator generates an extra nine amps.
The BF250’S slim 60 profile allows for mounting dualcounter rotating engines to larger craft and a 2.00:1 gear ratio provides a wider prop selection for tweaking outfits to produce the optimumperformance.
Available through authorised Honda outboard dealers.
The new Honda BF250 model motor claims an outboard industry first