The water-treading department of the Japanese automaker has decided to make a boat look better with a new concept for the engine enclosure, set to premiere during the 2017 Miami International Boat Show.
Seeing the angular cover one immediately starts thinking the powerplant has something to do with the hybrid Acura/Honda NSX. The concept engine’s look comes from Honda’s Advanced Design Group – the team decided to completely reshape a boat’s powerplant, with style instead of utility in mind. The floating blade with satin black paint is dominant, and the designers acknowledge the new and mighty NSX was the direct inspiration. The mesh center section even evokes the supercar’s intakes, and the red panels were inspired by the taillights. The Nouvelle Blue Pearl paint on the body is actually a hue taken directly from the Acura palette for the supercar.
“The inspiration for the design of this engine was driven by the feeling you get when at the helm of a powerful boat on the water – the rush of excitement, the exhilaration and freedom, the feeling that hits you immediately with the boat at full throttle and the water and air around you,” said Will Walton, Assistant Vice President of Honda Marine. There’s one catch – the cover holds no engine – yet. We could of course see the supercar’s biturbo 3.5-liter V6 transplanted inside – complete with its 500 horsepower (373 kilowatts) and 406 pound-feet (551 Newton-meters) of torque.