Honda Marine completes eco-overhaul of mid-size outboard range with launch of enhanced BF135 and BF150
10 Sep 2010
Honda Marine has completed the enhancement of its mid-range of outboard engines, with the addition of its exclusive BLAST™ (Boosted Low Speed Torque) and ECOmo™ (advanced lean burn fuel control) technologies to the BF135 and BF150.
As part of a package of measures which improve fuel economy whilst maintaining performance, the enhancement of these models completes Honda's move to extend BLAST™ and ECOmo™ to all of its models from the 40 horsepower BF40, up to its largest, the BF225.
Combined with Honda's unique PGM-Fi™ technology, the result is powerful performance throughout the engine operating range, greatly improved hole-shot speed during periods of rapid acceleration from low and mid engine speeds, and excellent fuel economy at cruising speeds.
The new BF135 and BF150 also feature a completely revised ECM, and continue the lead of other recent Honda launches in being compliant with latest international NMEA 2000 standards; making them compatible with the increasingly wide variety of sophisticated electronic display equipment becoming commonplace on all types of craft.
Phil Webb, Head of Power Equipment for Honda (UK)
"Customers are increasingly looking for the performance and reliability that Honda has always been known for, but with an ever growing eye on their pocket and the environment. As a leader in environmental innovation, we are delighted to now be able to offer a wide choice of outboards which deliver superb acceleration but with modest fuel economy. The arrival of the revised BF135 and BF150 therefore complete a range which was always best in class, but just got better."
The new models are available now across Honda (UK)'s network of Authorised Marine Dealers. Prices start from £11,545.00 for a BF135 and £12,465.00 for a BF150. Both new models will enjoy an industry-leading six year domestic and two year commercial warranty, as well as free RYA Level 2 Powerboat training.
For more information on Honda's comprehensive range of outboards and inflatables please visit www.honda.co.uk/marine or call 0845 200 8000.
- PGM-Fi™ – (Programmed Fuel Injection).
- BLAST™ – (Boosted Low Speed Torque). Noticeable, particularly during periods of rapid acceleration, BLAST™ effectively boosts performance by adjusting the air/fuel ratio for maximum torque while advancing ignition timing to its maximum pre-knock level to increase torque under full-load conditions.
- ECOmo™ – This is the terminology used to describe the lean-burn control system used by the BF135 & BF150 during cruising to achieve higher levels of fuel economy. ECOmo™ is a Honda abbreviation for Economy Controlled Motor.
- ECM – The ECM (Electronic Control Module), sometimes referred to as the ECU, is the highly sophisticated solid state device which controls most engine controls and functions such as, Ignition timing / control, PGM-Fi™, BLAST™, ECOmo™, Engine protection (Overheat, Low Oil pressure, PGM-Fi™ and Charging output), basic engine data signals (Tachometer / Trim) and NMEA 2000 signals.
- NMEA 2000 – the onboard (Marine) communication standard of boats and vessels and is based upon a CAN network. The communication standard of boats equipment (navigation, sensor & display etc) has been unified so that many devices can be connected together on the CAN network.
During 2009 Honda Marine successfully completed the introduction of NMEA 2000 compliant output data signals on the following Honda outboard motors, BF40D, BF50D, BF60A, BFP60A, BF175AK1, BF200AK1 & BF225AK1.
In 2010, Honda has introduced the NMEA 2000 compliant output signals data on BF115D, BF135 & BF150.
Please check functionality of NMEA 2000 display equipment to ensure all engine data can be displayed. Specifications can vary by manufacturer. Check before use.
CAN – (Controller Area Network) was originally designed for use in automotive applications but has been expanded into other areas such as Marine. It has been designed to permit a number of devices to communicate with each other and utilise common connectivity standards.