Honda Marine broke the mould for marine engines at the 2017 Miami International Boat Show with a bold concept engine that could power the future of boating. With inspiration from across Honda’s lineup, including automotive, marine and aeronautical, the concept engine is a blue sky vision for what future marine engines could look like.
Designers at Honda’s Advanced Design Group were given a “clean sheet of paper” opportunity to design a concept motor that could be applied to a variety of boats. For design inspiration, the group looked across the portfolio of Honda’s varied product range, from current marine outboard motors to automotive products like the 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.
To be truly imaginative and forward-thinking, Honda designers created a concept engine that was taller than conventional marine engines. The sculpted lines tie the concept engine to the traditional marine engine shape and functionality, but promise creativity with regards to what could power the concept engine.
The result? Modern, technical form language which creates a tailored package and gives a slimmer, more vertical appearance to the marine engine.
For exceptional aerodynamics, the tailored packaging of the Honda Marine Concept Engine includes a sculpted centre channel inlaid with a honeycomb mesh trim. The heat ducts feature an interwoven design with black honeycomb mesh reminiscent of the intakes on the 2017 NSX supercar.
The most striking part of the Honda Marine Concept Engine is the floating winged blade. Inspired by the 2017 NSX, the floating winged blade is a result of angled surfacing and an overlapping form, which creates the floating wing blade and helps reduce the overall appearance of the large size, resulting in the motor having an aerodynamic, sleek, vertical look. It’s a groundbreaking appearance pointing to a bolder, more distinctive future for Honda Marine.
The Nouvelle Blue Pearl colour of the design concept engine matches the 2017 NSX on display. The design concept engine could be available in a variety of colours to match the boating lifestyle of the customer.
While there is currently no production intent for the Honda Marine Concept Engine, it speaks to the innovation and opportunity in multiple marine engine markets, and delivers a vision of the boating lifestyle of the future.
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