Honda Marine Features, Benefits, and Exclusives

This comprehensive summary of features, benefits, and design enhancements, as well as Honda exclusives for all Honda Marine outboard engines illustrates the Honda commitment to technological, operational, and environmental excellence for its customers. Many Honda outboards share technologies and components used in Honda automobiles like the Accord, CR-V, Civic, Fit, Odyssey, and Pilot—vehicles that have proven themselves over millions of miles.

Boosted Low Speed Torque (BLAST®) System
dramatically improves hole shot and acceleration by advancing ignition spark timing to within one degree of the knock limit during 'hammer down' acceleration.  The Engine Control Module (ECM) then steps in to increase injector timing, creating a more potent air/fuel mixture. The resulting boost in available torque at low rpm contributes to a strong hole shot to get the boat up on plane quickly. The ignition spark timing is appropriately adjusted under slower throttle advancement, ensuring a leaner air/fuel mix and class-leading fuel efficiency. (BF40, BF50, BF60, BF75, BF90, BF100, BF115, BF135, BF150, BF200, BF225, BF250)

Variable Valve Timing and Lift Electronic Control
(VTEC™), a Honda exclusive, utilizes mild cam lobes to operate intake valves at low rpm, then engages a high-output lobe for higher-rpm operation. The exclusive design provides a unique blend of power, torque, and efficiency at any speed. (BF90, BF100, BF150, BF225, BF250)

Intelligent Shift and Throttle™ (Drive by Wire iST™)
, a command and control system that allows for seamless multi-station, multi-engine integration in larger boat applications. iST provides effortless, electronic shifting via a compact under-the-cowl design and a host of features including control of up to four engines and two control stations; fine tuning of throttle settings at any speed; enhanced docking; slow speed control; and user-programmable system defaults. (BF250)

Lean Burn Control
™ automatically adjusts the air/fuel mix according to speed and load while maximizing power throughout the acceleration range – providing up to 21 percent greater fuel efficiency in cruise mode (2,000 to 4,500 rpm). (BF40, BF50, BF60, BF75, BF90, BF100, BF115, BF135, BF150, BF200, BF225, BF250)

3-Way Cooling System
reduces engine heat by allowing the cylinder head to run slightly cooler than the cylinder block, greatly reducing engine wear.
(BF75, BF90, BF100, BF115, BF135, BF150)    

4-Front Corrosion Protection System
, a patented double-sealed, multi-layer paint process, fights off corrosion from harsh marine environments. The base is a corrosion-resistant Honda aluminum alloy, followed by a double-sealed treatment, an epoxy primer undercoat, and an acrylic resin metallic coating, finished with a clear overcoat of acrylic.
(BF2.3 – BF250)

Engine Command System
constantly accepts input from 18 different sensors to help deliver clean starts, smooth operation, strong performance and excellent fuel efficiency.
(BF40, BF50, BF60, BF75, BF90, BF100, BF115, BF135, BF150, BF200, BF225, BF250)

Reverse Exhaust Relief
adds an exhaust outlet above the anti-ventilation plate, allowing the prop to run in clean, exhaust-free water and producing additional reverse thrust. (BF/BFP8, BF9.9/BFP9.9, BF/BFP15, BF/BFP20)

Industry-Best True 5-Year Warranty
. Honda Marine offers an industry-best 5-year, non-declining factory-backed warranty. The program offers true Honda factory backing in comparison to the outsourced, extended service contracts offered by many other manufacturers. Standard on all Honda engines purchased for recreational use, coverage for the True 5 warranty is the same on the last day as it is on the first.

High-Output Alternators advertised by 'total' and 'charging' amps. Charging amps are used to power accessories and calculated by total amps minus the ignition's requirements. Honda measures alternator output at normal operating temperature. (BF40-BF250)

2-Pass Cooling System maintains an even temperature in all cylinders for increased cooling efficiency and long-term durability. (BF200, BF225, BF250)

Multi-Port Programmed Fuel Injection (PGM-FI) delivers precise amounts of fuel and air to each cylinder, resulting in quick starts, instant throttle response and low fuel consumption.  PGM-FI employs microprocessor technology to accurately control ignition timing during start-up and across the entire rpm range, providing optimum overall operation. (BF40, BF50, BF60, BF75, BF90, BF100, BF115, BF135, BF150, BF200, BF225, BF250)

Engine Alert System monitors vital engine functions and alerts the operator of issues with a light, buzzer and/or rpm reduction. (BF8 – BF250)

Dual Stage Induction provides the right amount of air at the right time, helping deliver top performance at every speed (BF135, BF150, BF200, BF225, BF250)

Stainless Steel Steering Arms, Tilt Tubes, and Shafts are made of marine-grade stainless steel for maximum durability.  All engine fasteners and hardware are either stainless steel or a specially treated Dacro material to create a barrier between dissimilar metals for enhanced corrosion protection. (All applicable models)

Steering Friction Adjustment allows for easy adjustment of steering tension, providing enhanced maneuverability in tiller models. (All tiller models).

Pendulum Mount System, an exclusive triangular rubber mount system, absorbs vibration and provides extremely smooth operation. (BF/BFP8,BF/BFP9.9, BF/BFP15, BF/BFP20)

Gas Assist Tilt allows for easy tilting while running in shallow water. (BF25, BF30, BF40)

PGM Ignition uses a microprocessor to accurately control ignition timing during start-up and across the entire rpm range, providing optimum overall operation. (BF/BFP8,BF/BFP9.9, BF/BFP15, BF/BFP20, BF25, BF30)

Power Thrust Design incorporates a four-blade power thrust propeller to create 60 percent more thrust in reverse and 15 percent more thrust in forward. (BFP8, BFP9.9, BFP15, BFP20)

Integral Fuel Tank enhances portability as one unit.  The vent may be closed for transport or extended storage periods. (BF2.3)

Centrifugal Clutch maintains a smooth idle until the throttle is advanced above idle speed, automatically engaging the propeller. (BF2.3)

NMMA CSI Award Recipient, 2004-2015: Honda Marine has received the NMMA CSI Award for Excellence in Customer Satisfaction for a number of years.  Honda outboards were recognized for their performance, fuel-efficiency, reliability and quietness-at-cruise – evaluating criteria important to consumers.

NMEA 2000 Certified: NMEA 2000 electronic protocols allow engine data to interface with onboard systems and system displays, such as GPS or SONAR.  Honda Marine engines only require an interface cable and no other gateway devices (as are required by many other manufacturers).

Full Line of 50-State Engines: The full line of Honda Marine current production models meets rigorous California Air Resources Board (CARB) 3-Star standards, ensuring their availability and regulatory compliance in all 50 states.

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Editor's Note:

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Updated August 2015

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