Outboard engines have come a long way since Suzuki first entered the market with the D55 (5.5hp, 2-stroke) in 1965, applying the company’s motorised vehicle expertise to the marine sector. The early outboard models are pure 1960’s in style – bold red and white curves.
Over the ensuing decades Suzuki has helped propel outboard technology forward with wide-ranging industry firsts ranging from the first stainless steel water pump housing in 1973 to the groundbreaking fuel efficiency technology unveiled in recent months. In 1980 Suzuki invented the first Oil Injection for outboards, and in 1985 first ventured into the big engine market with its V6 engines, the DT150 and DT200. Two years later the DT200 Exante won “Most Innovative Products” award from the National Marine Manufacturer’s Association (NMMA) for the advanced technology of its dual spark plug cylinder head, digital instrumentation and Suzuki monitoring system.