By CCL Team
Honda has introduced its brand-new, big v8 fuel-injected, 32-valve monster outboard and its all naturally aspirated with less moving parts. It boasts a 10 to 1 impression ratio and it even runs on 86-octane fuel. This gutsy 350-hp motor is running on extremely mild camshaft lobes, allowing for a much greater lifespan for the valve train and lifters.
Why didn’t Honda get into this big transom outboard power earlier? I’m sure this entry and new flagship motor will bring the Honda consumers and buyers on the water with this new surge of enthusiasm bearing the Honda name on this newly designed cowling. The engine will be ready for the Canadian market in early 2024 and it has a five-year warranty. This boat will be ideal to push the 25-footers, up to the big 40-foot vessels with a set of quads, providing both pleasure and performance.
The BF350: A Force to Reckon With
Boating aficionados brace yourselves for the BF350, a 350-horsepower beast that runs smoothly on 86-octane unleaded gasoline. It’s not just about the brute force; it’s how Honda wields it. Thanks to VTEC® (Variable Valve Timing & Lift Electronic Control) technology borrowed from Honda’s automotive platforms, this outboard delivers power where you need it most, creating a seamless, smooth ride across all speeds.
But wait, there’s more! The BLAST™ (Boosted Low Speed Torque) System adds a dose of adrenaline by fine-tuning ignition timing during rapid acceleration. Translation? Your boat gets up on plane quicker than ever.
Honda doesn’t stop at raw power. The BF350 boasts Lean Burn Control technology that optimizes fuel efficiency during cruising. It’s like having a built-in fuel-saver, allowing you to explore more without constantly refuelling. The Programmed Fuel Injection (PGM-FI) ensures snappy starts and responsive throttle control, so you’re always in command.
Noise pollution is a thing of the past. The BF350 purrs quietly at cruising speeds, enhancing the serenity of your boating experience while being kinder to the environment.
Intelligent Control at Your Fingertips
The Honda Intelligent Shift & Throttle (iST®) system is your co-pilot, simplifying shift and throttle control with finesse. Whether you’re docking, cruising, or maneuvering through tight spots, iST® has your back. Plus, there’s an added layer of security with an immobilizer ignition system that requires a transponder key for ignition.
Sleek, Strong, and Stylish
The BF350 isn’t just brawn; it’s also got the looks. Its streamlined design effortlessly adapts to various boat styles, turning heads as you glide on the water. Expect a smooth, vibration-free ride, thanks to the 60° offset crankshaft, a feature borrowed from the Acura NSX high-performance supercar.
Under the hood, you’ll find thoughtful improvements for reliability and maintenance ease. An enhanced engine cover design, improved sealing, simplified anode replacement, and clever oil filter design make upkeep a breeze.
The Future of Boating
Honda Marine’s BF350 is more than just an outboard motor; it’s a statement of intent. It’s about pushing the boundaries of what’s possible on the water. Whether you’re a weekend cruiser or a commercial operator, the BF350 promises extended time on the water and a new era of boating experiences.
As Honda continues to make waves in the marine world, the BF350 shines as a symbol of innovation and excellence. With this outboard, Honda Marine charts a course towards a future where power, performance, and technology harmonize to deliver extraordinary adventures on the water.