In redesigning the DF60, Suzuki engineers set out to deliver an outboard that would be compact, lightweight, and fuel-efficient. The resulting outboard shows great success on all three points.
On the outside, its sleek form ranks top in the 60 horsepower class for its compact size and lightweight. Inside, Suzuki engineers have designed an all-new 3-cylinder engine utilizing a DOHC powerhead with four valves per cylinder. Combined with Suzuki’s Lean Burn Control System the new DF60 delivers high-tech performance, efficient operation, and top-level fuel economy—a point that will be good news to boaters facing high fuel costs.
The DF60 also incorporates many of the advancements and achievements that Suzuki has pioneered over the last decade in four-stroke outboard design and development. Among those is a maintenance free timing chain that is the first offered in this class. 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 has been an industry leader in compact four-stroke designs, and the new DF60 lives up to that reputation. Suzuki engineers redesigned each part and component from the ground up, applying the knowledge and technological advancements gained over the last decade to produce an outboard that is the lightest and most compact in its class.
DOHC 12-Valve Engine
Suzuki’s vast experience in designing and manufacturing four-stroke engines for motorcycle, automotive, and marine use is unrivaled. In drawing upon this wealth of knowledge, Suzuki engineers have designed an all-new inline three-cylinder engine with a compact dual overhead cam (DOHC) powerhead and four valves per cylinder. Effective use of advanced technologies provides the DF60 with high-tech performance, efficient operation, and excellent fuel economy.
Mechanically Efficient Design
Suzuki engineers looked for ways to reduce mechanical loss as a way to improve efficiency. A new oil pump design 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 Easy Start System
With Suzuki’s Easy Start System, 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 Suzuki’s Easy Start System offer more efficient combustion, and greater fuel economy.
Suzuki’s Lean Burn Control System Produces Top-Level Fuel Economy
First introduced on the DF70/80/90, Suzuki’s Lean Burn Control System predicts fuel needs according to operating conditions allowing the engine to run on a more efficient fuel mixture through the use of a lean air-fuel ratio. Suzuki’s Lean Burn Control System delivers its benefits over a wide operating range, providing significant improvements in fuel economy from low speed operation into the cruising range.
Self-Adjusting Timing Chain
The DF60 is the first outboard in the 44.1kW (60PS) class to be equipped with a timing chain. The chain is oil-bathed and features an automatic hydraulic tensioner that keeps the chain properly adjusted at all times for maintenance free operation.
Multi-Point Sequential Electronic Fuel Injection
The original DF60 received the IMTEC (International Marine Traders Exposition and Convention) 1997 Innovation Award for, among other firsts and advancements, its pioneering utilization of Suzuki’s Multi-Point Sequential Fuel injection. The all-new DF60 uses this same sophisticated system to gather data from sensors located in key areas on the engine, process it with a 32-bit computer, which then calculates the optimum amount of fuel needed—all in real time. Along with smooth starts, this system delivers maximum operating efficiency resulting in excellent fuel economy and reduced emissions.
Large Capacity 19A Alternator
The DF60 features a powerful 19A alternator designed to generate approximately 11.5A even at a low 1,000 rpm. That’s enough power to keep an assortment of marine electronics operating all day long in most situations.
New Tilt Limit System
The DF60 incorporates a new tilt limit system to help protect the boat from damage that can occur when tilting the outboard. The design incorporates both the functions of a tilt limit and trim sender, and uses a step-free, continuous type tilt limiter that allows installation of the outboard on nearly any type of boat.
Suzuki’s Anti Corrosion System
The DF60’s exterior is protected with Suzuki’s specially formulated anti-corrosion finish. Applied directly to the aluminum surface it allows maximum bonding of the finish to the surface to increase durability and help protect parts that are constantly exposed to saltwater.
Environmentally Responsible Operation
The DF60 meets the U.S. EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) 2010 Exhaust Emissions Standards, a CARB (California Air Resource Board) 3-star rating as well as EU Emissions Standards.