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Honda Marine

Honda Marine


There’s a simple reason why Honda’s four-stroke marine engines lead the world in performance, reliability, fuel-efficiency and environmental responsibility… the company has been making them for a long time!

Almost 50 years ago, way back in 1964, when other companies were dabbling in various forms of futureless two-stroke technology, Honda adopted the policy of manufacturing only four-stroke outboard engines.

The company's commitment to first class four-stroke outboard technology can be found in the words of Mr. Soichiro Honda, when he gave the following directive to Honda staff:

“Two things are most important: If they are not reliable, people’s lives can be endangered. Second – water cleanliness. What will happen to our oceans, lakes and rivers if all that exhaust gas mixed with oil gets pumped into the water? I don’t care if everyone else is making two-strokes – Honda has to make four-strokes.”

As the world’s largest engine manufacturer, with its engines forged and tested on racetracks and roads around the globe, Honda has been tireless in applying advanced thinking to its marine engines and challenging the rest of the industry to keep up.

So, when you consider buying a new boat or re-powering your current one, remember who was there from the beginning. Consider the experience that’ll take you over the water with whisper stealth, solid reliability, a trusted warranty and engine technologies no-one else offers.

Honda outboard motors have won the prestigious JD Power customer satisfaction awards 3 years in a row. The National Marine Manufacturers Association has awarded Honda the coveted CSI award for excellence in customer satisfaction for the fourth consecutive year proving yet again that Honda makes the world's best four stroke outboard motor.



Packed with power, the BF175, BF200 and BF225 incorporate Honda’s revolutionary Boosted Low Speed Torque (BLAST™) air/fuel ratio and ignition-timing technology, and lean burn control to deliver powerful acceleration together with outstanding fuel economy during cruising (ECOmo). A high-performance gear case further contributes to the V6 engine series’ impressive acceleration and top-end speed.

The BF225 is also equipped with Variable Valve Timing and Lift Electronic Control (VTEC™) – the same system Honda uses in its racing technology, sports cars and other motor vehicles. VTEC™ ensures smooth, stable idling, while the increased valve lift at high revs broadens the torque curve and provides incredible top-end power. All three engines are also NMEA2000 compatible, which allows the engines to communicate with onboard electronics to deliver a wide-range of information to head-unit displays.


These engines are twice as quiet as conventional two-stroke outboards. Honda’s Variable Air Intake system controls the volume and velocity of air in the combustion chamber, making cruising as smooth as it is enjoyable. The use of linear rubber mounts, combined with innovative design features that see the flywheel positioned below the power head, ensures vibration levels are extremely low.


Hole shot and acceleration is significantly improved by MBT trace control (ignition timing). MBT – Minimum advance for Best Torque. Advanced ignition timing develops more horsepower at low revs to get the hull up on the plane quicker. Super-strong acceleration with rapid advancement of the throttle. This patented technology pioneers a new age in four-stroke outboard engines and will be the benchmark for future Honda engine designs.


VTEC™ delivers more power, torque and efficiency at every speed.

At 4500rpm, a special high-lift cam engages to pack more air into the combustion chamber to produce more power. VTEC™ and Dual Stage Induction work to produce a longer, flatter torque profile: the ultimate in fine-tuned performance. (VTEC is available on BF100, BF150, BF225 & BF250 models)


60° V6 3.5L. A powerful, compact, 24-valve SOHC design. Lacking the bulk and weight of long intake runners and multi-camshafts, the narrow V6 design ensures superior performance and durability based on Honda’s automotive engineering excellence.


The dynamic design feature of the BF250 allows external air to be drawn directly into the engine. The result is a reduction in intake air temperature and an increase in air volume to the engine to deliver outstanding overall performance.



Along with Honda’s Programmed Fuel Injection (PGM-FI), most models in Honda’s outboard engine range incorporate lean burn control technology, which allows combustion to operate on a leaner air/fuel ratio than stoichiometric air/fuel. An O2 sensor precisely controls the air/fuel mixture for the best fuel economy at cruising speeds.


Adjusts the air/fuel mix according to speed and load to maximise efficiency.

Inclusion of Lean Burn Control offers significantly improved fuel consumption over direct injection two-stroke models as well as over competing four-stroke models.

The mode in which Lean Burn Control is used during cruising to achieve higher fuel economy is referred to as ECOmo.


VTEC™ ensures smooth, stable idling with an even further reduction in fuel consumption, while the increased valve lift at high revs broadens the torque curve and provides incredible top-end power.

Variable Valve Timing and Lift Electronic Control (VTEC™) delivers more power, torque and efficiency at every speed.

At 5200rpm, a high-lift cam engages to pack more air into the combustion chamber to produce more power.

VTEC™ works to produce a longer, flatter torque profile: the ultimate in fine-tuned performance. (VTEC is available on BF100, BF150, BF225 & BF250 models)



Respect for the environment has always been an integral part of the Honda philosophy when designing new products for the global market.
For 50 years, Honda has been devoted to providing boaters with the tools to help protect the environment… and will continue to do so through its unwavering commitment to the environment.


The e-spec concept is expressed in the day-to-day operation of Honda outboard engines. Honda shall make every effort to continuously reduce emission and noise levels. Honda shall reduce CO2 emissions by means of increased fuel efficiency for engines and new frame-related technologies for finished products. So, no matter which Honda engine takes you out to sea, you can be sure it is taking the cleanest route possible.


Honda has demonstrated that ultra-low emission levels are not only possible, but such a commitment is the right thing to do to protect the environment – now and for the future. Further, every Honda four-stroke marine engine is engineered to unique ‘e-spec’ standards that set the benchmark for both ultra-low emissions and whisper quiet operation.


Honda’s environmental commitment extends to all facets of its global business, as detailed in its environmental policy statement (excerpt below), established and announced over 20 years ago:

As a responsible member of society whose task lies in the preservation of the global environment, the company will make every effort to contribute to human health and the preservation of the global environment in each phase of its corporate activity. Only in this way will we be able to count on a successful future not only for our company, but for the entire world.



Honda Marine engines are backed up by the industry’s leading warranty program for both recreational and commercial owners:

Recreational Warranty:
Honda Marine offers a 7 year warranty program for recreational use on the entire range of outboards, from 2.3 to 250 HP. This is the most comprehensive warranty offered by any outboard motor manufacturer.

Commercial Warranty:
For commercial operators, Honda Marine provides a 3 year or 1,000 engine hour warranty (whichever comes first) again, the most comprehensive back up for your engine(s) available anywhere in NZ.

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