Tokyo, February 8, 2002 - Honda Motor Co., Ltd., announced the exhibition of a new 4- stroke 20 horsepower marine outboard motor prototype, the BF20, at the 41st Tokyo International Boat Show (held at the Tokyo Big Sight from February 8th to 11th sponsored by the Japan Boating Industry Association.)
The BF20 produces output of 20 horsepower while realizing practically the same weight and size (dry weight without propeller of less than 49kg) of a conventional 15 horsepower outboard motor. This is the first 20PS outboard motor to be sold in Japan.
In addition to superior fuel efficiency, the advantage of a 4-stroke outboard motor, BF20 offers superb environmentally friendly performance and has cleared the world's strictest emissions regulations established for 2008 by the California Air Resources Board (CARB), the first in the class to do so.
BF20 has been developed as an outboard suitable for a wide variety of boats from pleasure boats such as aluminum bus boats or inflatable boats to business boats such as compact Japanese boats.
Since 1964, Honda has been dedicated to the production and sale of 4-stroke outboard motors. The cumulative number of units produced until the end of 2001 is about 790,000, which means that Honda is the world's top manufacturer of 4-stroke outboard motors.
A lineup of a total of sixteen models is available delivering power output ranging from 2PS to 225PS. These models are ideal for a wide range of river, lake, and ocean boating activities, from cruising to sport fishing and many others.
The BF20 will be exhibited also at the "2002 International Sport fishing Exhibition" (held at Makuhari Messe from February 8th to 10th) and "Osaka International Boat Show" (held at Intex Osaka from March 1st to 3rd.)
The BF20 4-stroke marine outboard motor prototype