Ran out of modified Suzuki Jimny ideas? How about turning it into a boat

Updated Apr 08, 2021 | Same topic: Tuning & Mods

Meet, The Surf. It’s a Jimny and it’s also a boat. How cool is that?

Ladies and gents, have you ever run out of ideas for modifying a car? Well, for car enthusiasts, the resounding answer might be “it depends on the specific car, the parts available, and how you’re willing to take things to the extreme or the weird side.”

Now for the Suzuki Jimny, it’s a relatively new vehicle, but regardless, there have been dozens of aftermarket modifications already available.

These range from exterior looks, practicality, performance, etc. But guess what, these mods, especially the exterior mods can still be exhausted.

A picture of the Suzuki Jimny current generation

The Jimny as it is is cool and all but what if you wanted more?

They’re also a bit, derivative for a lack of a better word. So, what do we suggest you do if you run out of ideas on modifying your Jimny? Well, have you considered turning it into a boat?

The Carfection video about the Dutton Surf

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Thanks to Dutton, a kit car company based in Sussex, England, there’s now a way to transform a Suzuki Jimny into an amphibious vehicle. The kit is called the Dutton Surf and it requires the use of the previous generation JB23 to JB53 Jimny plus a bit of tinkering around.

The setup uses a water jet propulsion system similar to what you’d find on jetskis because this kit actually still allows for road travel. And no, you do not want to drag a propeller under the vehicle while driving on the highway, right?

Also, the steering wheel on the Surf pretty much still controls as it does on the road.

A picture of a white Dutton Surf parked

Yes it looks kind weird but wait till you see the next picture

Apart from using most of the mechanical parts of the Suzuki Jimny, the Surf uses a plastic body and stainless steel components.

Now that sounds sketchy but the Dutton kit car company founder, Tim Dutton himself, has already completed two trips across the English Channel using the Dutton Surf. That’s more than the distance from Cebu to Cagayan de Oro City by sea.

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A picture of the Dutton Surf on the water

Want to become the coolest Jimny owner? This is the way to go

To switch from land mode to boat moat, the driver only needs to switch where power is heading from the wheels to the jet. The throttle still functions the same on the boat mode, and one still needs to use the clutch. It’s not much different than operating the Jimny on the road. And yes, the Surf can still seat four people.

The Surf costs around £10,000 or P618,079 and that doesn’t include the Suzuki Jimny base vehicle. That doesn’t include taxes and the cost of shipping, too. Sounds kind of stiff, but if you’re a Jimny fanatic and an avid aquatic sports enthusiast, this can be loads of fun.

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A picture of the previous-gen Suzuki Jimny

A previous generation Suzuki Jimny costs around Php 300k to Php 600k on the used market

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Know more about Suzuki Jimny 2022

Suzuki Jimny

The Suzuki Jimny is a 4x4, ladder-frame mini-suv. In the local market, this model is available in four different variants. There’s the GL 1.5 MT, the GL 1.5 AT, the GLX 1.5 AT (Monotone), and the GLX 1.5 AT (Two-tone). Their prices range from Php 1,170,000 to Php 1,285,000. 

Under the hood, the Suzuki Jimny uses a 1.5-liter inline-4 gasoline engine capable of producing up to 101 horsepower and 130 Nm of torque. The entry-level GL variant may come with a five-speed manual gearbox, while the GLX exclusively uses a four-speed automatic transmission. All then come with the Suzuki 4x4 All Grip Pro drivetrain. 

Size-wise, the Suzuki Jimny has a length of 3,480mm, a width of 1,645mm, and a height of 1,725mm. It then has a wheelbase length of 2,250mm, and a ground clearance of 210mm. 

Locally, the Suzuki Jimny technically doesn’t have direct competitors. Then again, the closest off-road focused recreational vehicles available locally is the Toyota FJ Cruise and the Jeep Wrangler. Size-wise though, the Jimny is more in line with the Hyundai Kona, MG ZS, Geely Coolray, Kia Seltos, Chery Tiggo 2 Pro, Mazda CX-3, among others. 

₱ 1,170,000 - ₱ 1,285,000

Cesar G.B. Miguel

Cesar G.B. Miguel


Cesar Guiderone B. Miguel was born and raised in Iligan City, Lanao Del Norte. He graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts in English degree from Mindanao State University - Iligan Institute of Technology. He previously worked as a freelance writer for various websites, as a member of the Iligan City Disaster Risk Reduction Management's training staff, and as a medical sales representative.

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