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New Generation DF8/DF9.9 Portable Engines for 2010 are Smaller, Lighter and More Efficient, Feature Innovative Suzuki-Function Tiller Handle

(February 12, 2009) — Suzuki Marine continues to “Power 4-Ward” — advancing 4-stroke technology and improving its leading line-up of 4-stroke outboards — by previewing two new portable engines at the 2009 Miami International Boat Show. These two new-for-2010 outboards — the DF8 and DF9.9 — offer boaters big-time features and 4-stroke technology in a compact package that is ready to go wherever the fun is.

Suzuki Marine’s new DF9.9 portable 9.9 horsepower 4-stroke has been re-engineered to be lighter, smaller and more fuel efficient than its popular predecessor, while providing the smooth power and reliable performance boaters have come to expect from Suzuki. The 8-horsepower DF8 — with the same physical specifications —represents a new category in the Suzuki 4-stroke family. Together, these new Suzuki 4-strokes are an even better choice for a wide range of small boats, from inflatables and yacht tenders to small aluminum fishing boats and jon boats.

The small size and profile of the new Suzuki DF8 and DF9.9 make them an ideal “fit” for today’s small boats. With a target weight of only 87 pounds for the manual start/short shaft DF9.9 model, these 4-strokes are easier to transport and handle. Suzuki’s new DF8 is available with a 20-inch shaft length, tiller steering and easy-pull manual start, while the DF9.9 comes in both 15- or 20-inch shaft with a choice of electric or manual starting and tiller steering. The DF9.9 with 20-inch shaft is also available with remote steering to accommodate a wide variety of popular boat styles.

At the heart of the new DF8 and DF9.9 is a new inline 2-cylinder Overhead Cam powerhead with 208cc displacement and Digital CDI ignition for smooth idling, crisp acceleration and significantly better fuel economy — especially during low to mid-range operation. Owners of small boats with portable fuel tanks will especially appreciate the ability to stretch more time on the water from each gallon.

“We’ve been working closely with our factory to create a new generation of 4-strokes that is lighter, stronger and even more fuel efficient,” said Larry Vandiver, Marketing Director for Suzuki Marine. “These new outboards prove that, even on portable engines, Suzuki’s smart technology can significantly enhance fuel economy. Our focus is to continually improve and provide the ultimate in 4-stroke outboard options for American boaters.”

Not all the sophisticated technology is under the cowl, however. Suzuki’s new DF8 and DF9.9 also feature an innovative new Suzuki-Function Tiller Handle design that incorporates forward/neutral/reverse shifting, throttle operation and throttle friction adjustment right into the streamlined tiller handle. This allows boaters to perform all these functions without removing their hands from the tiller, for an easier, more confident boating experience — especially when maneuvering around crowded marinas and tender docks.

Manual start versions of the Suzuki DF8 and DF9.9 feature a 6A alternator, while electric start models boast
12A alternators.

The new DF8 and DF9.9 will be available through authorized Suzuki Marine dealers beginning late Summer 2009. To learn more about these new Suzuki portable 4-strokes, or the company’s full line of 4-stroke outboards from 2.5 to 300 horsepower, contact American Suzuki Motor Corporation at (714) 996-7040 or visit the company’s website at

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