Honda Created An NSX-Inspired Outboard Marine Engine

From Mercedes-AMG to Lexus and Aston Martin, automakers are seeing marketing value in placing their design language and brand names on marine creations.

Honda, which has a separate marine division dating back to 1964, couldn’t resist either, but instead of crafting a yacht, it has revealed a conceptual engine design that draws inspiration from its NSX hybrid sports car, which is sold under the Acura brand in North America and as a Honda in most other international markets.

Aptly called the ‘Honda Marine Design Concept Engine’, the outboard is making its world premiere alongside the revised, production Honda Marine BF40 and BF50 engines at the 2017 Miami International Boat Show.

The study that lacks an actual powerplant was created by the designers at Honda’s Advanced Design Group who were given a ‘clean sheet of paper’ to come up with a concept motor that could be applied to a variety of engines.

“For design inspiration, the group looked across the portfolio of Honda’s varied product lineup, from current marine outboard motors to automotive products like the Acura NSX Supercar, to the Honda Jet,” said Honda in a statement. “The group started with some sketches and then moved to digital modeling to create the dimensions and look of the concept engine.”

NSX references on the taller than usual outboard include the heat ducts with an interwoven design with black honeycomb mesh, a floating winged blade and the Nouvelle Blue Pearl color – though Honda pointed out that it could be painted in any shade.

For now, Honda says it has no plans to apply the design to its production engines, but that may change if there’s positive reaction to the concept from consumers.

Photo Gallery

  • Stigasawuswrecks

    So like the NSX is it gonna cost the same price as the competition but be outperformed by a great margin and sound like a tuba with holes in its valves?

  • NSX Outboard

    Great styling for an outboard boat motor!

  • Yobobjm

    Honda makes some great outboards. I could totally see someone wanting to put three of these on the back of their 35ft Center Console.

  • Like

  • Dariush

    looks better than the actual car.

  • Bob White

    Same colour and has that stick-on useless blade but I can’t see the similarity in design.

2020 BMW M3 And Porsche 911 GT3 Prototypes Crash On The Nürburgring

The cars were involved in separate accidents which were remarkably similar.

10K-Mile Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX MR Should Be On Your Bucket List

The Lancer Evo IX MR pumps out 286 hp from its 2.0-liter turbocharged four and, thanks to its advanced AWD, offers uncanny handling .

Aussies Beware: The Airbag In Your New Mercedes Could Detach While Driving

The recall includes certain 2019 A-Class, CLA and GLC models in Australia, sold between April 1 and September 30.

What’s The Wild, 402 HP Hyundai iMax N Drift Bus Like To Drive?

The Hyundai iMax N Drift Bus is powered by a 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 powering the rear wheels.

Nissan Xterra Owner Almost Reaches Their Final Destination After Rear-Ending A Logging Truck

The driver escaped with only minor injuries.

Range Rover Set To Launch Its First Electric Vehicle In Late 2021

The model will be a mid-sized crossover that will compete with the Audi E-Tron Sportback and Porsche Macan EV.

Toyota Is Bringing A Solid State Battery-Powered Electric Vehicle At The 2020 Olympics

The e-Palette will become the brand’s first EV to use solid state batteries, which are much more efficient than the ones currently available .

Local News Reporter Jumps On Multiple Vehicles, Damages Others At Sacramento Auto Show

Angel Cardenas was quickly fired following the incident which has sparked outrage.

Toyo Tires Previews Six SEMA Builds Including Models Based On The Supra, Mustang And Bronco

One of the highlights is a twin-turbo Ferrari from Button Built.

Hyundai Unveils Nexo And Sonata Hybrid Land Speed Record Concepts

The models attempted to set new records at the Bonneville Salt Flats last month.