Honda shows new-look engine in US

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Honda concept motor presents vision of futuristic boating power.

Honda Marine in the US unveiled a new concept motor at the recent Miami boat show, heralding a possible new design look for its outboard engines.

According to Honda Marine, the concept design drew inspiration from across the automotive, marine and aeronautical sectors to deliver “a blue sky vision for what future marine engines could look like”.

“The Honda Marine Design Concept Engine is a clear indicator that Honda is committed to the marine business, continuing its legacy of innovation and ground-breaking marine products with a vision of what future Honda Marine power could be,” said Will Walton, assistant vice president, Honda Marine America.

“The inspiration for the design of this engine was driven by the feeling you get when at the helm of a powerful boat on the water – the rush of excitement, the exhilaration and freedom, the feeling that hits you immediately with the boat at full throttle and the water and air around you.”

Designers at Honda’s Advanced Design Group in the US were given a ‘clean sheet of paper’ opportunity to design a concept motor that could be applied to a variety of engines. For design inspiration, the group looked across the portfolio of Honda’s products, from current marine outboard motors to automotive products like the Honda NSX Supercar, to the Honda Jet. The group started with some sketches and then moved to digital modelling to create the dimensions and look of the concept engine.

The most striking element of the new design is the “floating winged blade”, said to be inspired by the 2017 Honda NSX Supercar. The blade is designed to reduce the overall appearance of the engine and give it an aerodynamic, sleek, vertical look.

Other design elements include a sculpted centre channel inlaid with a honeycomb mesh trim while the heat ducts feature an interwoven design with black honeycomb mesh reflecting the NSX intakes.

There are currently no plans to put the design concept into production but, according to Honda, the concept “delivers a vision of the boating lifestyle of the future”.

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