Honda Marine launches its long-awaited top-of-the-line outboard: it is a 350-horsepower, 5,000-displacement V8 (4,952 to be precise) designed for single and multiple applications. A state-of-the-art engine that significantly raises the bar for the Japanese company, which, with this unit, is going after new market segments. While waiting to test it, let’s preview what it looks like.
The upward stroke of the outboards shows no signs of failure. The top end of the market is, indeed, the one that holds the most by far. We are talking about boats with significant size and equally significant engines. Honda’s new BF350 fits into this scenario with quite a load of new features.
This Honda outboard engine was widely expected. Given that the market has already had a significant offering on this power for years, the new Honda brings a significant technological load to be competitive with competitors. Let’s look together at some of the main features:
- It is a 5-liter (displacement 4,952 cc), 32-valve, 60-degree V8 outboard with VTEC technology inherent in all of the brand’s high-end, i.e., a variable lift and timing control system. What does it mean? That when the need arises, the engine is able to deliver higher peak power to give more thrust.
- Automatic buoyancy control: while sailing, based on the rpm and speed of the boat automatically activates buoyancy control to optimize performance with three user-customizable standard presets. Thus, there are 3 different customizable trim settings that allow the hull to glide more quickly while being fuel efficient.
- A well-established feature of Honda’s outboard engines, the ECOmo mode is a fuel management system that optimizes fuel consumption. How? The electronic control unit, when cruising at a constant speed automatically adjusts the air/fuel mixture according to speed and load, allowing the use of gasoline to be reduced when possible. An important role is also played by O2 sensor optimizes carburetion from the amount of residual oxygen that is detected in the exhaust gas. In short, the engine always pushes hard, but with the advantage of consuming less when possible (in automatic).
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- The Automatic Tilt function: just make a double press to automatically tilts the whole motor without having to make a long press. In combination, the Tilt Limit comes into play with which the owner can select the maximum tilt angle and thus avoid engine damage during mooring operations. Simply press the button and the motor will stop at the preset position.
- Last but not least, we come to the design. This engine has very modern and sporty lines, with an interplay of curves that give dynamism and punch to the grille and beyond. Honda’s new 350-horsepower outboard has, therefore, tapered lines and is available in Silver Aquamarine or Grand Prix White colors with chrome and three-dimensional logos.