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    With the European launch of the world's first 300hp four-stroke outboard in Sweden last week, Suzuki sets out to show that it has taken the lead in cleaner and more efficient outboard technology and plans to take it further.

    "We are driving the four-stroke industry," Masayuki Shimizu, head of European marine sales at Suzuki Motor Corporation, told more than 120 boatbuilders, distributors and boating journalists who attended the presentation at the Stockholm area resort of Saltsjöbaden. "We won't stop until our outboard leadership is clear to every (outboard) consumer worldwide."

    The new DF300, which goes into full production in October and will be available in all markets from January 2007, sets a new benchmark as the world's most powerful production four-stroke outboard, its nearest rival being the 275hp Mercury Verado. In spite of its extra power, Suzuki's new 4lt V6 outboard is also lighter (at 274kg), more compact and, according to the Japanese manufacturer's own tests, more fuel efficient. Indeed, the weight is about the same as most of the latest 250hp outboards now on the market.

    There's also a new air induction system and a beefier gearcase that's claimed to reduce drag by 18 per cent and cope with the extra torque generated by the new powerhead. But one of the most significant differences is the controls. The DF300 is the first Suzuki outboard to have fly-by-wire electronic throttle and shift, which provides the smoothness of control that far outstrips mechanical linkages. Until now, only Mercury's Verado electronic system has been able to offer such control.
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