MIAMI, Fl., February 16, 2012 - Honda Marine introduced today a plan to introduce a Honda branded electronic shift and throttle system for its popular V6 outboard engines. The new Honda in-cowl system will provide shift and throttle actuation within the current outboard cowling envelope for ease of use and an integrated design.
Featuring a stylized control handle and tailored to Honda's exacting performance requirements, the shift and throttle system will be able to be installed on new and previously purchased BF200, BF225 and BF250 Honda outboard engines, creating a smooth incorporation into multiple products and boating platforms. Both single- and multi-engine applications can seamlessly accommodate the system without the need for additional installation kits or components.
"The new Honda electric shift and throttle system further enhances our commitment to creating engine products that provide the highest levels of customer satisfaction," said Alan Simmons, national manager, Honda Marine. "The introduction of this system allows our customers to enjoy an even better and more rewarding experience while using their Honda outboards."
Single engine systems will include features for improved throttle control while docking, fine tuning of trolling speed and multi-station applications. Multi-engine systems will include engine synchronization, single lever control for all engines utilizing the system, single bottom trim of all engines and individual trim controls for twin engine setups. The system will also feature onboard diagnostics for easy setup."
A compact control processor includes one processor per engine for system integrity and tachometer inputs for multi-engine synchronization. The shift actuator is shift mounted in the upper rigging cover with a three-position, high shift load capacity. For ease of installation, a two-piece rigging cover has been utilized.
Beginning in late summer / early fall of 2012, the new Honda electric shift throttle system will be available for installation at Honda Marine dealers and participating boat builders nationwide.
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 exclusively features four-stroke outboard engine technology for high 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 250 horsepower, the Honda Marine full line of current production models certify to California Air Resources Board (CARB) 3-Star standards, ensuring their availability and regulatory compliance in all 50 states.
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Honda Marine, a division of American Honda Motor Co., Inc., markets a complete range of outboard marine engines. Its comprehensive product line is powered exclusively by four-stroke engines.