Friday, February 22

Volvo Breaks 1,000-hp Barrier with New 13-Litre Engine

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Volvo Penta just introduced a new 1,000 hp-engine, its largest ever, at the boat show in Sydney, Australia. The company says the new 13-litre diesel has both higher performance and a longer life than any of its previous engines. The new inboard, and its equivalent from Volvo’s IPS range, the D13-IPS1350, have been designed for use in yachts up to 120 feet, although the IPS version was tested in a 68-footer.

“This is hugely exciting for us to create our most powerful engine yet,” said Johan Wasterang, VP for product management at Volvo Penta. “It’s truly a landmark product for our marine range.”

For the new 1,000-hp engine, Volvo carried out a major redesign of its existing 13-litre engine and drivetrain. The new engine has new pistons, highly efficient injectors, and improved cooling systems to produce 11 percent more power than Volvo’s previous engines. “The engineering excellence and attention to detail of our design teams mean that we’ve created an engine with superior performance, comfort and reliability – taking it to the next level,” Wasterang said.

The new engine is not just for megayachts. Volvo tested the D13-IPS1350 in a 68-foot yacht and compared it to a 1,360-hp traditional inboard from another engine company. Volvo says its engine was lighter, used 36 percent less fuel, had faster acceleration, higher top speed, and less noise and vibration. The IPS package is available in twin, triple or quadruple installation.

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