The 350 horsepower V6 4-stroke engine is Suzuki’s most powerful outboard to date.
Suzuki Marine recently introduced its newest model: the DF350A. At 350 horsepower, this V6 4-stroke is the largest, most powerful outboard Suzuki has built to date. In development for more than three years, it represents a significant advancement in both engineering and design.
“We have put a lot of work into this new outboard and we cannot wait to see how the market responds. We have watched with great interest as boats have gotten bigger, especially the center console market,” said Yasuharu Osawa, Executive General Manager, Global Marine & Power Products Operation, Suzuki Motor Corporation in a statement. “Not only that, but we’ve seen an increasing preference for outboards on all kinds of boats that used to be exclusively stern drive or inboard. The time is ripe for this new outboard, and we think you’re going to love it.”
According to Suzuki, their engineers achieved 350 horsepower while still designing a compact, lightweight powerhead. A combination of cool air intake, dual fuel injectors and a strengthening of the pistons has virtually eliminated engine knock, a typical by-product of high compression engines.
While contra-rotating propellers are not a new technology, they haven’t been used on outboard motors until now. The manufacturer says the DF350A’s dual propellers provide three benefits: compact size, increased stability, and greater traction. This should result in improved acceleration, top speeds, and enhanced reverse thrust.
The DF350A will be manufactured in Suzuki’s Toyokawa plant in Japan. It will be available in the US this month and available for worldwide distribution later in the summer of 2017.