Newest outboard marine motors have taken on a new look, some of which, like Honda’s Design Concept engine, will mostly likely be a production model.
Inspired by Honda’s 2017 Acura NSX Supercar, the new engine has a bold, uncharacteristic for an outboard, look. It debuts at the Miami International Boat Show. The new engine, says Honda, is taller and evokes a sculpted center channel with a honeycomb mesh trim. The hear ducts feature an interwoven design with black honeycomb mesh reminiscent of the intakes on the ’17 NSX two–seat sports car.
According to Will Walton, Assistant Vice President of Honda Marine, “Designers at Honda’s Advanced Design Group were given a clean sheet of paper to design a concept motor that could be applied to a variety of engines. The group checked a portfolio of Honda’s product line and started with some sketches and then moved to digital modeling to create the dimensions and look of the concept engine.”
He went on to say, “The inspiration for the design of this engine was driven by the feeling you get when at the helm of a powerful boat on the water – the rush of excitement, the exhilaration and freedom, the feeling that hits you immediately with the boat at full throttle and the water and air around you.”
Honda’s marine concept comes after Evinrude’s debut of their vertical design motors last season.
This new Honda motor design follows on the heels of the introduction of: the new Honda BF-100, BF225 and 250 White motors; iST (intelligent Shift and Throttle) fore the BF250; the all new BF4, 5 and 6 engines; soon to be released BF40 BF65 and BF105 Jet models.
In addition to motors, Honda will spotlight the new Blackshear 200VK skiff that they partnered with boatmaker H20 Sports Manufacturing, LLC in 2016. The skiffs will be exclusively powered by Honda Marine Engines and will initially feature two 20-foot V-bottom skiff models joined later by 18 and 24-foot variations.