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Suzuki's new 2009 4-stroke outboards: 70-HP, 80-HP, 90-HP, and 100-HP

Date: 4/29/08
Tackle type: Watercraft
Manufacturer: Suzuki Marine
Reviewer: JIP


Introduction: Though not as widely known as Mercury Marine outboards, Suzuki has built a name for itself in the marine business. Their 4-strokes outboards are cleaner, more compact, and one of the most reliable on the market. Ten years after they introduced the fuel-injected 4-stroke innovative award winning DF60 and DF70 outboards, the company is now making additions to their popular line by introducing four new outboards in the 70, 80, 90, and 100-HP range.


Suzuki Marine is introducing new 4-stroke outboards with innovative advancements

DF70, DF80, and DF90: When it comes to 4-stroke outboards Suzuki is known to have pioneered many technical advances that make these motors better. In these new 2009 outboards they have built a more compact 4-cylinder Dual Overhead Cam (DOHC) powerhead with four valve per cylinder and 91.7 cubic inches displacement on the 70, 80, and 90 Horsepower models.

The Suzuki DF70 comes in a small package but produces a lot of punch


Incorporated into these fine outboards are advanced technological designs which include a digital sequential electronic fuel injection and a solid state ignition for improved performance and efficiency, Suzuki's proven offset drive shaft for a compact design and better balance, a powerful 2.59:1 final drive ratio for quick hole shots and great top end performance and a zero-maintenance self-adjusting timing chain. In addition these Suzuki outboards feature a powerful 30 amp alternator to provide all the juice boaters and anglers need for all day operation of pumps, electronics, trolling motor, and more.

The new outboards such as this 80-HP 4-stroke is more efficient than ever


Each boat, especially the smaller 17 foot watercrafts, have an outboard weight limitation which prevents them from using some brands. Suzuki's DF90 uses a compact powerhead and offset driveshaft that make it the smallest outboard in the 90 horsepower class. It's engine height is only 58 1/2 inches whereas competing 90-HP outboards can be as much as nine inches taller. Aside from the dimensions, the new Suzuki 90-HP outboard is said to be the lightest 4-stroke 90-HP outboard on the market.


"These new models bring serious advantages in performance, efficiency and size, and they deliver these benefits right to the heart of the fresh and saltwater boating market," said Larry Vandiver, Marketing Director of Suzuki Marine. "Our factory set out to develop outboard motors that represent all we've learned about marine power. They're quicker, faster and lighter than the competition on a wide range of boats. Our testing has shown that, once again, they've hit the bull's eye. Suzuki is going to 'Power 4-Ward' and leave other 4-strokes a step or two behind. These three new models are going to give other outboards in the class a serious case of 'performance anxiety'," added Vandiver.

The 90-HP is one of the smallest and lightest in its class


Because the DF70, DF80, and DF90 outboards are compact in size and lightweight, they are great for flat boats, small center consoles, pontoon boats, and small aluminum and fiberglass fishing boats. Recommended operating range for these new outboards is at 5000 to 6000 RPMs.


DF100: With the introduction of the 70, 80, and 90-HP outboards Suzuki has also developed the company's first 100 horsepower 4-stroke motor and it is the only outboard in this category available in the United States.


Introducing the new DF100, Suzuki's 100 horsepower outboard, and the only outboard in this category available in the USA


The DF100 is build from a 118.9 cubic inch inline 4-cylinder Dual Overhead Cam (DOHC) powerhead with four valves per cylinder that's very similar to the smaller new outboards mentioned above. It also features the advanced technology such as the digital multi-point electronic fuel injection, a tuned and water-cooled intake system, and a water-cooled fuel rail optimize power and performance under the full range of operating conditions. Together with Suzuki's race-proven 4-into-2-into-1 exhaust system, these features add up to 100-HP that really gives the motor the punch it needs.


"Having the only 100-horsepower outboard - and a clean, efficient and reliable 4-stroke at that - should give us a competitive edge in the North American boating market," said Larry Vandiver. "It will also give boat builders and boaters more choice when it comes to putting together the ideal package for fresh and saltwater applications. Now that we've got all 4-stroke line from 2.5 to 300 horsepower, we're engineering ways to better meet the needs of the marine industry and its customers."


The new 70, 80, 90, and 100 HP outboards are great for center console boats


Suzuki's proven offset driveshaft moves the DF100's center of gravity forward, for an overall compact design and better balance on the transom. The DF100 is available in two models with a 20 or 25 inch shaft. It also features a powerful 2.59 final drive ratio for greater performance, and it's built for greater fuel efficiency at the same time.


Conclusion: With the introduction of these new, advanced 4-stroke outboards boaters have more choices on how to power their small craft. The new 2009 Suzuki outboards are quieter, more reliable, and offer greater performance, and are much more fuel efficient, something that's needed especially with our record setting fuel prices today. Suzuki Marine is planning on debuting the DF70, DF80, DF90, and DF100 outboards in May at The Ocean Reef Club on Key Largo.










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