Suzuki’s line-up of outboard motors seems to have been pushing hard to become one of the most complete on the market. With a range of outboard motors from 2.5 to 300hp, its transom-friendly selection of four-stroke outboards is designed to encompass just about every possible application – and the company’s decision to scale back its investment in national exhibitions and invest more heavily in grass-roots events has been an excellent way of illustrating that.
In the past couple of years, Suzuki has sponsored everything from small, regional boat shows to competitions, endurance events and even adventure expeditions. In has also enjoyed a strong association with celebrity powerboat enthusiast and TV survival expert, Bear Grylls - and that’s to say nothing of its involvement in last year’s Olympic Regatta, which used a broad range of Suzuki models from 40hp right up to 300hp.
Now, however, Suzuki has increased the versatility of its offering in the crucial 50-60hp band with a pair of new 'High Energy Rotation' units. Known as the DF50AV and DF60AV, these high-thrust models will combine the three-cylinder 941cc block of the established DF50A and DF60A with the (much larger) gear case of the new DF140A.
A gear ratio of 2.42:1 means the new outboards will be capable of employing a larger 14-inch propeller for improved thrust in both forward and reverse – and according to Suzuki, these gains will run throughout the rev range.
Plainly, these outboards will be tailor-made for the job of powering relatively large, heavy craft but true to its principles, Suzuki is aiming at the leisure sector as well as the commercial world. They will come with the same lean burn technology and quiet, refined operation as the rest of the Suzuki range, plus weight benefits that will keep them at the sharp edge of their sector.
Of course there are already high-thrust models at the 60hp mark from both Honda and Yamaha, but when the UK powerboater has to pay so much for a modern outboard engine, it never hurts to have the luxury of choice.
If you are thinking of buying a new outboard motor, see 10 Top Outboard Engines: How to Choose the Right Outboard.