New Marine Engine Concept Draws from Supercar Design

Image: Honda Marine

Posted by Eric Haun

At the 2017 Miami International Boat Show, Honda Marine will
introduce a bold new concept engine inspired by the collective
Honda lineup - including automotive, marine and aeronautical. The
design concept engine is a blue sky vision for what future marine
engines could look like.

Designers at Honda's Advanced Design Group were given a 'clean
sheet of paper' opportunity to design a concept motor that could
be applied to a variety of engines. For design inspiration, the
group looked across the portfolio of Honda's varied product
lineup, from current marine outboard motors to automotive
products like the Acura NSX Supercar, to the Honda Jet. The group
started with some sketches and then moved to digital modeling to
create the dimensions and look of the concept engine.

"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," said Will Walton, Assistant
Vice President - Honda Marine.

Honda designers created a concept engine that was taller than
conventional marine engines. The sculpted lines tie the concept
engine to the traditional marine engine shape and functionality,
but promise creativity with regards to what could power the
concept engine. The result? Modern, technical form language which
creates a tailored package and gives a slimmer, more vertical
appearance to the marine engine.

For aerodynamics, the tailored packaging of the Honda Marine
concept engine includes a sculpted center channel inlaid with a
honeycomb mesh trim. The heat ducts feature an interwoven design
with black honeycomb mesh reminiscent of the intakes on the 2017
Acura NSX.

Inspired by the 2017 Acura NSX Supercar, the design concept
engine's floating winged blade is a result of angled surfacing
and an overlapping form, which creates the floating wing blade
and helps reduce the overall appearance of the large size,
resulting in the concept engine having an aerodynamic, sleek,
vertical look.

The Nouvelle Blue Pearl color of the design concept engine
matches the 2017 Acura NSX on display. The design concept engine
could be available in a variety of colors to match the lifestyle
of the customer.

While there is currently no production intent for the Honda
Marine engine design concept, it speaks to the innovation and
opportunity in multiple marine engine markets. The Honda Marine
engine design concept delivers a vision of the boating lifestyle
of the future.

The Honda Marine engine design concept follows on the heels of
the introduction of: the new Honda BF100; BF225 and 250 White
motors; iST (intelligent Shift and Throttle) for the BF250; the
all new BF4, 5 and 6 engines; soon to be released BF40, BF65 and
BF105 Jet Models; and new for Miami, the redesigned BF40 and BF50
engines. All within a 24-month time span.

Honda Marine also will spotlight the new Blackshear 200VSK skiff.
Honda Marine entered into a partnership with H2O Sports
Manufacturing, LLC in 2016 for the production of the Blackshear
line of skiffs, which are exclusively powered by Honda Marine
Engines.

Initially, the lineup will consist of two V-bottom skiff models,
the 20-foot 200VSK and 22-foot 220VSK. Both are constructed with
high quality boat building materials and exceptional
craftsmanship. Two additional models will later join the
Blackshear line-up in 18-foot and 24-foot variations. Honda
Marine will ultimately supply the entire Blackshear model line
with power ranging from the Honda BF50 to BF250.

The 2017 Miami International Boat Show marks the debut of Honda
Marine's refreshed 2017 BF40 and BF50 marine engines.

With the new Honda signature "crouching form" design, a new
multifunction tiller handle (late availability), a
multi-function-display with trolling control and a new switch
panel application for multiple engine installations, the
refreshed Honda Marine engines deliver consumers upgrades they
will appreciate every time they take out their boat. In addition,
the new BF40 and BF50 models have added a new freshwater water
flushing hose for ease of maintenance, have reduced engine
vibration at idle compared with the previous models and achieved
Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) certification.

Feb 17, 2017

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