Honda updates V6 outboard range

All Honda's larger models feature VTEC variable valve timing
All Honda's larger models feature VTEC variable valve timing
The updated range has fewer joins in the cowl to potentially let in water
The updated range has fewer joins in the cowl to potentially let in water
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Honda Marine’s top of the range BF175, BF200, BF225 and BF250 outboards have been given a comprehensive overhaul as part of Honda’s ongoing evolution of its product line up.

Maritime Journal took a trip to Southampton International Boatshow to take a look over Honda’s new flagship outboard range.

The new V6 outboards benefit from introduction of Drive by Wire, a sleek new appearance, enhanced reliability, streamlined maintenance and additional rigging options. The idea behind the renewed V6 motors is to enable trouble-free maintenance and maximum enjoyment with more time on the water.

Available to purchase from late 2018 from an authorised Honda marine dealer with prices announced closer to the on sale date. They will all benefit from Honda’s industry-leading six year domestic and two year commercial warranty.

A dual-channel, indirect induction system improves airflow while helping funnel moisture away from the throttle body; and the provision of a new three-latch lock and seal system with two inverted grabbing points makes the cover much easier to remove and carry. The under-case design has also been streamlined to incorporate just three pieces instead of the previous seven and with less points of entry it helps reduce the risk of water entering the engine. In addition to the chemically treated, zinc-nickel plating with a high corrosion-resistant topcoat on the surface of the engine, the use of a heavy-duty rubber seal at the cowling base further increases durability.

While the new 175, 200 and 225 inherit the same proven 3.6-litre V6 engine that powers the BF250 outboard motor, all four of these outboards have been re-designed to improve both reliability and ease of maintenance. All engines in Honda’s larger capacity outboard range are car derived, although detuned and with different engine management to cater for the very different usage profiles (longer durations at higher throttle settings) than the engines are subjected to in passenger vehicles. They all have Honda’s VTEC variable valve timing system.

The air intake system has been redesigned and now has two vents on the top of the engine and one on the front.

The high pressure filter has been moved to a more convenient spot under the cylinder head cover to reduce maintenance time from 60 minutes to just five. In addition, the low pressure filter and water separator are now integrated and have been moved next to the oil filter which also brings down maintenance time to five minutes.

Thanks to a new wider oil gauge tube, oil change times have been reduced from 10 to 4 minutes.

The removal time of the Power Trim Tilt unit has been reduced from 60 to 10 minutes, as there is now no need to remove the stern bracket.

The oil pan, thermostat cover, upper mount cover and prop shaft holder are now made out of a tough, anti-corrosion aluminium, whilst all bolts and brackets have been treated in Honda’s “High Corrosion Coating for Marine” all of which increases the durability and reliability of the engine.

To further support durability and to protect parts, the number of anodes on each engine’s V bank has been increased from two to four.

The four new models feature a very broad range of rigging options, including either top-mount binnacles or side-mount throttles, for both Drive By Wire and mechanically controlled engines. They also offer newly designed push-button and key-start configurations, as well as multi-function displays.

By Jake Frith

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