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2002 Engine Preview - Honda
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It’s always been all four-stroke all the time for Honda. Now the company enters the big-horsepower market with the BF 225-hp VTEC engine. VTEC stands for Variable Valve Timing and Lift Electronic Control, a system that utilizes two cam lobes on the intake valves for smooth, powerful operation throughout the rpm range. During low rpm, the low-lift or short-duration cam provides strong, smooth torque. As the engine accelerates to high-speed operation, the intake rocker arms shift to a high-lift, long-duration cam lobe to develop high horsepower. According to Honda, this results in an engine that displays an excellent balance of power, torque, rpm, and fuel economy throughout the operating range. Other features include 24 valves, dual-stage induction, a 60-amp alternator, and Honda’s exclusive 4Front corrosion protection. A 200-hp version is also available but does not have the VTEC technology. (800) 426-7701. www.honda.com.

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This article originally appeared in the January 2003 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.

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