Suzuki Beefs Up Award-Winning 4-Stroke Lineup With New Big Block V6 250SS, Makes Other Important Model Changes To Meet Boaters’ Needs

January 28, 2010

The industry’s leading line-up of all 4-stroke outboards is now even better for 2008, with the introduction of four new models designed to excel in key boating and fishing applications.

The star of Suzuki’s 2008 new product lineup is the all-new 250SS Big Block V6 4-stroke outboard, specially engineered to satisfy America’s need for speed when matched with today’s tournament bass boats, sport pontoons, ski boats, flats boats, bay boats and other popular vessels with 20-inch transoms. Suzuki’s Dual Overhead Cam (DOHC), four-valves per cylinder V6 powerhead and whopping 4.0-liter displacement deliver the sheer muscle to push these rigs to new levels of acceleration and top-end performance. The new 250SS is packed with the technology and advanced features that have catapulted Suzuki to the top of the four-stroke performance mountain, including Variable Valve Timing, a powerful 32-bit computer programmed for highperformance and an extra-large dual air intake with Suzuki’s proven multi-stage induction system. Other important features include two intake manifolds per cylinder—one long and curved, one short and straight — optimizing the fuel-air charge under all operating conditions, along with a hydrodynamic lower unit and aggressive gearing for lighting hole shots and eye-watering acceleration. Suzuki’s 250SS will change perceptions of 4-stroke performance for this class of boat in fresh and salt water.

Topping Suzuki’s list of 2008 model changes is the DF200TL, a new 20-inch shaft version of Suzuki’s popular 200-horsepower V6 4-stroke. This outboard is aimed squarely at the growing performance pontoon boat market, vessels that combine large deck space and family amenities with high-performance hulls ready for skiing, wakeboarding, tubing or other high-speed thrills. Suzuki’s 2008 DF200TL uses the same 55-degree block and proven offset driveshaft design that has made this motor a top choice of serious blue water boaters. With this design’s low center gravity and reduced vibration, Suzuki’s DF200TL delivers a smooth and refined ride perfect for enjoying a family cruise around the lake. And when it’s time to hit the throttle and feel the wind in your hair, Suzuki’s leading 3.6-liter displacement and aggressive gear ratio will deliver the low-end torque and acceleration needed to push even heavily loaded boats to their peak performance. With a target weight of just 579 pounds, advanced computer-controlled electronic fuel injection, a 3-Star Ultra Low Emissions rating and Suzuki’s trademark reliability, this new outboard is more than a match for any performance pontoon.

Suzuki has also introduced a counter-rotating version of the popular DF115 inline four-cylinder 4-stroke. Combined with this outboard’s lightweight, compact and well-balanced design (enhanced by Suzuki’s proven offset driveshaft), this new feature makes Suzuki’ 115-horsepower 4-stroke an ideal choice for twin installations. Now everything from offshore center consoles and cuddy cabins to power catamarans can enjoy Suzuki 4-stroke performance and efficiency with the added peace of mind that comes with twin power. And Suzuki’s counter rotation provides a superior ride and improved close-quarters maneuvering when docking, pulling up to the fuel station or putting your boat on the trailer. Suzuki’s popular DF115 is packed with advanced features to optimize performance and fuel efficiency, including multi-point sequential electronic fuel injection, a tuned longtrack intake manifold, 4-into-2-into-1 exhaust, two-stage gear reduction and more. With smooth, quiet performance you can count on and fuel efficiency you can take to the bank — or canyons — Suzuki’s new counter-rotating DF115 makes a perfect pairing for fishermen who want to go the distance.

2008 brings two new high-thrust, power tilt versions of Suzuki's workhorse 9.9 horsepower 4-stroke, as well. These new models are the ideal backtrolling “kicker” engine for anglers. And sailors will appreciate their quiet, smooth and smoke-free performance. Two new models — the DF9.9HTL (High Thrust/20” Shaft) and DF9.9HTX (High Thrust/25” Shaft) — feature a special high-thrust propeller and 2.08:1 gear ratio to deliver efficient and reliable low-speed maneuverability on heavy boats. This also makes Suzuki’s DF9.9HTL and HTX ideal “get home” auxiliary motors on a range of vessels. A new, larger hub design also reduces cavitation when running in reverse — a significant advantage during extended backtrolling. Additionally, power tilt (a first for Suzuki outboard of this size) lets boaters quickly and easily raise or lower the motor with the push of a button on the tiller handle or remote control. This makes it easier than ever for sailors to get ready for action or for anglers to run to the next hot spot.

Suzuki engineers are always looking for ways to improve their products and make Suzuki outboards the best possible power match for all of today’s boats. These new models for 2008 are examples of Suzuki’s commitment to enhancing the boating and fishing experience across America.

For more information about Suzuki’s new-for-2008 250SS, or the DF200TL, counter-rotating DF115 or DF9.9 high-thrust models, contact American Suzuki Motor Corporation, 3251 E. Imperial Highway, Brea, CA 92821 • Telephone: (714) 996-7040. Boaters can also learn about all of Suzuki’s 4-stroke outboards from 2.5 to 300 horsepower online at

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