Suzuki Marine has unveiled three new outboards for 2010 which should excite small-boat anglers. The DF60A 4-stroke will be of special interest to flats anglers looking to power a technical poling skiff, or the casual boater looking for the perfect match to the small family runabout. The release of this 60 horsepower 4-stroke comes on the heels of last year’s introduction of Suzuki’s second-generation 70-, 80- and 90-h.p. 4-strokes, all of which featured decreases in size and weight, and improved fuel consumption.
“We are committed to providing the most advanced technology to the greatest number of boaters,” says Larry Vandiver, Marketing Director for Suzuki Marine. “The DF60 is the logical next step as we continue developing motors that are lighter, stronger and more fuel efficient in every horsepower class.”
Drawing on its vast experience in 4-stroke motorcycle engines, automotive and marine use, Suzuki has turned out the most compact and lightest outboard in its class, at 229 pounds. Last year’s Suzuki 60 weighed 340 pounds.
“We did water trials pitting last year’s 60-horse 4-stroke against the DF60A, on an identical boat, and we were able to achieve a 3 mile-per-hour top speed increase,” says Dave Greenwood, Suzuki’s Quality Research Manager. “Despite the fact that the new 60 is a 3-rather than 4-cylinder, the 100-plus-pound weight reduction certainly had a hand in that.”
A smaller cowling makes it possible for “mini” flats boat anglers to mount smaller-profile, lightweight poling platforms, keeping their rigs lighter overall.
“We also engineered a safeguard, a tilt-limit sensor, that disengages the full upward tilt to prevent damage caused by striking the underside of a poling platform,” says Greenwood.
For anglers fishing from johnboats, square-back canoes, and small runabouts, or boaters carrying an inflatable or tender, Suzuki offers two portable 4-strokes—the DF8A and DF9.9A. They both featuring small profile cowlings, choice of manual or electric start, and the Suzuki Function Tiller Handle, which combines all operating functions.
For more information on the new Suzuki DF60A 4-stroke outboard for 2010 — or the company’s leading line-up of advanced 4-stroke outboards from 2.5 to 300 horsepower, contact Suzuki Marine at (714) 996-7040 or visit www.suzuki.com.