Honda has just unveiled a new 5,0-litre VTEC V8, a first for the Japanese automaker, however, it will not be used in their vehicle lineup since it is intended for marine use only.
Yes, that is right. Before reading on it is important to note that this motor has been specifically developed by Honda Marine for water-going craft needing a potent heart before you ditch that K-swap idea.
Despite producing motors of the same configuration for Formula 1 and IndyCar in the past, the outboard VTEC V8 engine is the first time Honda has manufactured a motor of this configuration for the public. Known as the BF350, this V8 outboard motor is a significant milestone for the Japanese firm, marking its foray into the world of V8 marine engines. Making its debut at the Genoa International Boat Show in Italy, the new motor is positioned at the pinnacle of Honda’s marine engine lineup, the BF350 comes with customizable features with buyers given the option of choosing between two exterior case finishes: Aquamarine Silver or Grand Prix White, and chrome-plated logos add a touch of sophistication.
“The advent of the 350-horsepower engine is a highly important development for Honda Marine. This engine demonstrates Honda’s commitment to improving customer experience through our precision engineering and drive for innovation.” – Katsuhisa Okuda, Chief Officer and President, Honda Motor Europe.
As the name states, the VTEC V8 boasts 350 hp (261 kW) when running on 86 octane. The new addition also boasts some cool tech which aids in running and efficiency. For example, Boosted Low Speed Torque (BLAST) mode enhances acceleration by optimizing the air-fuel ratio and ignition timing to boost torque output. To reduce fuel consumption during steady cruising, the engine includes an ECOmo setting. Furthermore, the BF350 is equipped with cruise control and a power tilt function, ensuring safe and scratch-free docking. Honda further states its Intelligent Shift and Throttle controls provide precise and efficient handling. If the 261 kW motor is insufficient, it can operate up to four engines simultaneously, offering enhanced docking and slow-speed control.
In the market for a new boat motor or brave enough to try transplant this into a Civic? Find its specifications here.