Honda BF200 and BF225: Superior Power and Reliable Performance

Honda Marine sets the industry standard for performance, durability, and reliability with its most powerful outboard engines, the BF200 and BF225. Ideal for pontoons, large sport fishing and cruising boats, and commercial applications, the advanced technology of these high-horsepower (hp) engines delivers a perfect balance of power, torque, and fuel economy in any environment. Honda-exclusive technologies such as VTEC™, BLAST, and Lean Burn Control contribute to the engines' outstanding performance and fuel efficiency, while a best-in-class 90-amp alternator provides ample battery charging (60 amps) for multiple electronic accessories.

Flagships of the Honda Marine Lineup
The BF200 and BF225's 3.5-liter, single overhead camshaft (SOHC), V-6 engine provides fresh- and saltwater anglers with the most technologically-advanced outboard power available. Based on the architecture of the incomparable Honda Pilot, Ridgeline, and Odyssey automotive engines, the models deliver the maximum in durability, reliability and world-class performance as well as superior torque in a narrow, balanced 60-degree "V" profile. The slim design of both engines allows for the mounting of dual engines on a 26-inch center-to-center distance, perfect for repower applications.

Derived from racing and first appearing on the Acura NSX sports car, Honda's exclusive Variable Valve Timing and Lift Electronic Control (VTEC™ - BF225) system utilizes mild cam lobes to operate the intake valves at low rpm, and then engages a high-output lobe for high-rpm operation. The resulting boost in available power provides outstanding mid-range acceleration and top-end performance.

Honda's exclusive Lean Burn Control automatically adjusts the engine's air/fuel mix according to speed and load for maximum fuel efficiency in cruise mode. Additionally, a top-mounted oxygen (O2) sensor partners with the engine command system to deliver maximum fuel economy under any conditions.

Added to the BF200 and BF225 in 2009, Boosted Low Speed Torque (BLAST) dramatically improves holeshot and acceleration by advancing ignition spark timing to within one degree of the knock limit during "hammer down" acceleration. The Engine Control Module (ECM) then steps in to increase injector timing, creating a more potent air/fuel mixture. The resulting boost in available torque at low rpm contributes to a strong holeshot to get the boat up on plane quickly. The ignition spark timing is appropriately adjusted under slower throttle advancement, ensuring a leaner air/fuel mix and class-leading fuel efficiency.

The BF200 and BF225 also feature Honda's all-new high-performance gear case. A longer anti-ventilation plate helps trap water flowing to the propeller to minimize cavitation, while a streamlined front and enlarged bullet reduce drag for enhanced acceleration and fuel efficiency. A front splash plate reduces spray from the hull bottom, helping to maintain a dry deck above.

The BF200 and BF225 share a number of other innovative features. On both models, an Engine Alert System monitors vital engine functions and alerts the operator of issues, while a 2-Pass Cooling System maintains an even temperature across all cylinders for increased cooling efficiency and long-term durability. Both also incorporate a tuned dual exhaust that wraps around the outside of the oil pan to reduce heat build-up and improve engine efficiency and performance. Multi-Port Programmed Fuel Injection (PGM-FI) delivers precise amounts of air and fuel to each cylinder for quick starts, instant throttle response and low fuel consumption. Additionally, a crankshaft-driven, automotive-style oil pump promotes long-term durability of critical engine components. A Single Overhead Camshaft (SOHC) design eliminates trial-and-error valve adjustment. The BF200 and BF225 also meet NMEA 2000 standards, providing users full compatibility with a host of electronic devices.

An exclusive Dual Stage Induction System uses a plenum chamber with twin butterfly valves for low-speed drivability and high-speed performance. At low speeds, air passes through a long intake runner for increased low-end torque. At engine speeds greater than 3,500 rpm, shutter valves open to shorten the air's path and boost air flow for increased available horsepower. While other four-stroke engines use long intake manifolds to deliver air to the cylinder head, Honda's innovative design maximizes combustion efficiency.

The engines' single cowling latch ensures a water-tight seal, while Honda's patented 4-Front Corrosion Protection System and stainless steel steering arms, tilt tubes, and shafts fight off corrosion caused by harsh marine environments. A freshwater flushport serves to remove debris and salt water from the engine for extended life, and a Built-In Pitot Tube in the gear case eliminates the need to drill holes in the boat for installation.

The BF200 and BF225 are also among the industry's quietest outboards, eliminating the need for sound-dampening insulation into the cowling designs.
The BF225 is available in 20-, 25- and 30-inch shaft models, while the BF200 is offered in 20-inch and 25-inch shaft lengths. All new Honda outboard engines sold for recreational use offer an industry-best True 5-year, non-declining limited factory warranty that is the same on the last day as it is on the first.

Honda Marine pioneered four-stroke engine technology, setting a new benchmark for fuel efficiency, quiet operation, and low emissions. Honda's outboards share the same unparalleled durability, quality, and reliability of its legendary automobiles. With models ranging from 2 to 225 horsepower, Honda Marine's full line of current production models meets rigorous California Air Resources Board (CARB) 3-Star standards, ensuring their availability and regulatory compliance in all 50 states.

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