Suzuki Marine has unveiled two smaller four-stroke outboards, the first in their class with drive-by-wire technology, which provides “silky smooth shifting, instant throttle response, enhanced performance and superior fuel efficiency,” according to the company.

Drive-by-wire technology has proved to be popular in larger Suzuki outboards from 150 up to 350 horsepower, and now Suzuki has made it available in the new DF115BG and DF140BG, which have 115 and 140 horsepower.

“Drive-by-wire controls are ideal for a wide range of small commercial boats. In single and dual installations, they can power skiffs and pilothouse vessels used in a variety of fishing applications. Suzuki’s factory fly-by-wire shift and throttle controls provide instant response and allow for precise, smooth maneuvering by the operator. This type of precision control will come in handy for boats that are working setnets, deploying or picking up pots, or pulling up to the dock to off-load catch,” said Gus Blakely, who is Suzuki Motor of America’s vice president of the marine division.

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Brian Hagenbuch is National Fisherman's products editor, a contributing editor to SeafoodSource and a Bristol Bay fisherman. He is based in Seattle.

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