10 Jan 2012

Compact, Lightweight and Fuel Efficient—The All New DF60

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The all-new DF60 is designed by Suzuki engineers to deliver fuel-efficient operation in a compact and light weight outboard. Utilizing many of the advancements and achievements that Suzuki has pioneered over the last decade in designing and developing four-stroke outboards, Suzuki engineers have produced a sleek formed DF60 that ranks top in the 44.1kW (60PS) class for its compact size and light weight. Powering the DF60 is an all-new three-cylinder engine with a DOHC powerhead and four valves per cylinder. This high performance engine is combined with Suzuki’s Lean Burn Control System to deliver high-tech performance with efficient operation and top level fuel economy, which will be good news to boaters concerning fuel cost.
Other features boaters are sure to appreciate are a maintenance free timing chain — the first ever offered in its class — electronic fuel injection, large capacity alternator, and a new tilt limit system.
The DF60 joins the DF70, DF80, and DF90 in Suzuki’s new generation four-stroke lineup, providing boaters with excellent power, performance, and top level fuel efficiency.

Suzuki engineers are known for creating some of the most compact four stroke outboards in their respective classes. With the new DF60, they started with a clean slate redesigning every part and component incorporating the knowledge and technical advancements gained over the last ten years to create even lighter, more compact outboards.

To get the most out of every drop of fuel, Suzuki engineers developed the Lean Burn Control System on the DF60, which enables the engine to operate on a lean air-fuel ratio or a thinner mixture of fuel. The system controls the air to fuel mixture by predicting fuel needs according to operating conditions. It delivers its benefits over a wide operating range providing significant improvements in fuel economy from low speed operation well up into the cruising range.

The new DF60 is equipped with a tilt limit system that is designed to protect the boat from damage that can occur when tilting the outboard. The system incorporates a tilt angle sensor that functions as both a tilt limit and trim sender and uses a step-free, continuous type limiter that makes installation of the outboard possible on nearly any type of boat.

With Suzuki’s Easy Start System, featured on the DF60, all you need to do is turn the key and release. The starter system does the rest, staying engaged until the engine starts. Smoother and improved starts delivered by the Easy Start System offer more efficient combustion, and greater fuel economy.

Suzuki engineers looked for ways to reduce mechanical loss as a way to improve efficiency in the DF60. A specially designed oil pump delivers greater mechanical efficiency allowing oil to flow through the lubrication system with less resistance. This, combined with reduced mechanical loss in other areas of the engine contributes to better fuel economy.

Suzuki’s self-adjusting timing chain is featured on the new DF60 which is the first outboard in the 44.1kW (60PS) class equipped with this maintenance free feature. The chain is oil-bathed and features an automatic hydraulic tensioner that keeps the chain properly adjusted at all times for maintenance free operation.

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