Suzuki Marine announced this week a new engine platform for its 115 and 140 hp outboard categories that delivers drive-by-wire throttle and shift.
In fact, the new motors, dubbed the DF115BG and DF140BG, will be the first in their horsepower class to feature that technology, which eliminates the need for mechanical cables.
Well suited for powering flats boats and smaller bay boats as well as other small V hulls that accommodate twins, these outboards sport a 10.5-to-1 compression ratio (versus 9.7-to-1 for the existing 115/140) to produce greater torque.
The new 140 weighs about 13 pounds more than its predecessor. Both new motors feature redesigned cowlings and graphics, as well.
The announcement came Wednesday from Gus Blakely, Suzuki Marine’s vice president of sales, in a virtual meeting with Suzuki dealers, boat builders and members of the boating press from around the world. Blakely says a physical launch of the new 115/140 outboards is scheduled for the end of June at the new Suzuki Marine test center in Panama City, Florida. In the meantime, we know that the new engines are based on an inline-four-cylinder, 16-valve powerhead with 1.25 liters of displacement—same displacement as the current 115/140.
Blakely also announced a new, lighter shade of white for Suzuki outboards—super cool white—to better coordinate with the colors of today’s new-model boats. Super cool white will be available in August.
Suzuki is also celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, and to commemorate the occasion, the company will produce 100 limited-edition models of the DF350A flagship motor with all-pearl-white panels.