40 hp outboard. A comparison of 10 thermal and electric models

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The 40-horsepower outboard is one of the most sought-after in the market. It is the engine of choice aboard charter boats-and generally preferred by those without a boat license. In fact, the maximum power that can be driven without having a boat license is set by law at 40.8 hp, as long as the displacement is less than 1000 cc for four-stroke outboard engines and less than 750 for two-stroke engines. For these reasons, all manufacturers-both those who make heat engines and those who make electric motors-have positioned themselves in this market segment, offering a model of 40 horsepower or equivalent. Here is a comparison of the top 10 40-hp outboards on the market.

Comparison – 10 40 hp electric and thermal outboards

ePropulsion X20

 

 

 

RAD 40 - Electric outboard motor with rotary foot

Suzuki DF40A RR

 

 

 

 


ePropulsion X40

ePropulsion X40
ePropulsion X40

According to ePropulsion, the most powerful electric outboard motor in the new X series, namely theX40, is 20 percent lighter than conventional motors of the same power rating, and is capable of delivering a power output of 40kW. The powertrain has been made even more efficient and now reaches 88.2%, the highest level in the industry.

Engine Electric
Weight 104 kg (L shank) – 106 kg (XL shank)
Voltage 96 VDC
Price from 10,499 euros

Honda BF40E

HONDA BF40E OUTBOARD
Honda BF40E LRTT Silver

Honda ‘s 40-horsepower range includes several models. The BF40E LRTT Silver is equipped with the innovative BLAST (Boosted Low Speed Torque) technology. This feature allows you to get the boost you need to get you up to speed right away, increasing torque from low rpm and greatly improving start-up performance.

Engine 4 times
Weight 98 kg
CC 808
Price from 7,495 euros

Mercury FourStroke 40 EFI

Mercury FourStroke 40 hp
Mercury FourStroke 40 EFI

Prominent in the very wide range of Mercury-branded outboards is the FourStroke 40 EFI. The standard propeller has been oversized for performance, generating considerable torque even under heavy loads and at medium and low speeds. Glide is achieved without any problem.

Engine 4 times
Weight 93 kg
CC 747
Price from 5,500 Euro

Mitek 40 HP

Mitek 40 HP
Mitek 40 HP

Italy’s Mitek has decided to use aluminum to produce its 40 HP outboard. Safety is ensured by overvoltage, overcurrent and overtemperature protection, as well as throttle-actuated start-up protection. Thanks to the app and Bluetooth connection, but also thanks to the built-in alarm, it is possible to know when the range is about to end.

Engine Electric
Weight 96 kg
Voltage 96 V
Price from 25,000 Euro

RAD 40

RAD 40
RAD 40

RAD ‘s new 40-kW electric motor (actually equivalent to about 55 hp), in addition to being extremely compact, is equipped with a rotary foot. This feature, which we have already seen on much larger and more powerful endothermic outboard engines, gives the engine incredible maneuverability, especially at mooring, being able to rotate the engine foot 180° (+90° to starboard and port).

Engine Electric
Weight 100 kg (excluding battery)
Operating voltage 400 VDC
Price from 35,ooo Euro

Selva Murena Best 40XSR E.F.I.

Murena Best 40XSR E.F.I.
Murena Best 40XSR E.F.I.

The Murena Best 40XSR E.F.I. from Italy’s Selva Marine is a large 40-hp outboard for the segment. In fact, with its 996 cc and fairly large diameter propellers it can develop significant power. The transmission is very strong, and the distribution is single-shaft 16-V.

Engine 4 times
Weight 119 kg
CC 996
Price from 7,950 Euro

Suzuki DF 40A RR

Suzuki DF 40A RR

The double R of the Suzuki DF 40A RR outboard comes from another world, that of motorcycling, and in particular from the winning motorcycle produced by Suzuki itself, the GSX-RR. In addition to Easy Start and multi-point sequential electronic fuel injection, this model is equipped with #consumption technology (Suzuki Lean Burn) and features an impressive 941 cc DOHC engine.

Engine 4 times
Weight 104 kg
CC 941
Price from 7,550 Euro

Tohatsu MFS40

Tohatsu MFS40
Tohatsu MFS40

Quiet and protected by its 7-year limited warranty, Tohatsu ‘s MFS40 outboard is among the lightest in its segment. The reduced gear ratio immediately delivers all the power to the foot (which has been improved). The guide bar has an ergonomic handle and can rotate up to 110°.

Engine 4 times
Weight 95 kg
CC 866
Price from 5,459 euros

Torqeedo DeepBlue 25 RL

Torqeedo DeepBlue 25 RL
Torqeedo DeepBlue 25 RL

When it was launched it was the most powerful electric outboard motor in the world. It is now undergoing a redesign, but is still for sale. We are talking about the DeepBlue 25 RL from Torqeedo, the orange company that made electric outboards famous. This engine can benefit from all the experience of the German brand and is covered for a two-year warranty. The battery, on the other hand, has an extension and is covered for up to nine years.

Engine Electric
Weight 139 kg (excluding battery)
Operating voltage 350
Price from 18,000 Euro

Yamaha 40 HP

Tempest 600 with Yamaha F40HET outboard
Yamaha 40 HP

Yamaha ‘s 40-horsepower is designed to be among the lightest and most user-friendly outboards on the market. In addition to the various Yamaha signature accessories, there are several customizations possible during purchase (which can be finalized directly online) such as the option to have the steering bar or remote control.

Engine 4 times
Weight 97 kg
CC 747
Price from 6,849 Euro

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