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Suzuki Marine Announces New 115/140 Outboard Platform

New DF115BG and DF140BG will be first in their class with drive-by-wire throttle and shift.

May 29, 2020
New Suzuki 115 and 140 outboards
The new 115 hp and 140 hp inline-four-cylinder outboards from Suzuki Marine will be the industry’s first in this horsepower class with drive-by-wire throttle and shift, and will be ideal for flats boats and smaller bay boats. Courtesy Suzuki Marine

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.

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The new 140 weighs about 13 pounds more than its predecessor. Both new motors feature redesigned cowlings and graphics, as well.

New super cool white Suzuki outboard
Suzuki’s current cool white color (left) and new super cool white (right). Courtesy Suzuki Marine

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.

Special-edition Suzuki outboard
Suzuki will build 100 special DF350A outboards to celebrate its 100th anniversary year. Courtesy Suzuki Marine

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.

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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.

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