Suzuki DF350A Outboard Engine

Suzuki's latest outboard stands out for many reasons, including a pair of contra-rotating three-blade ­propellers.

Suzuki DF350A Outboard Engine
Suzuki increased the compression ratio to 12-to-1 on its new V-6 outboard.Courtesy Suzuki Marine

Suzuki's new V-6 DF350A — the latest 350 hp outboard — features several innovative designs, including a pair of contra-rotating three-blade ­propellers. This setup helps boost hole shot, minimizes prop torque, grips better in tight turns and improves low-speed handling in forward or reverse. To generate greater horsepower out of the 4.4-liter block, Suzuki increased the compression ratio to 12-to-1 — the highest so far for an outboard. The new 350 carries over some aspects from its smaller sister, the 300, including electronic throttle and shift, lean burn, an offset drive shaft, two-gear reduction and variable valve timing. The XL (25-inch shaft) and XXL (30-inch shaft) models weigh 727 and 747 pounds, respectively. The engine comes in pearl nebular black or cool white and starts at $31,565.