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Winter 2006

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Article by
Angelo Colombo


Introduced at the last boat show in Cannes, the new engine by MTU represents the top model of the 2000 range today, including also the 8 and 10 cylinders ones put on the market right in 2004. The exhibition of the new 16 V 2000 was held together with the introduction of a further new version of the same 12 cylinders series, thanks to which the MTU can offer prop solutions inside the 2000 series made for 60 - 120 footers.

The market has very positively reacted to the introduction of the MTU 2000 Common Rail series: actually, the factory has already received orders for over 1.000 units of the range. Concerning power and weight, the 16V provides 2.400 HP and weighs less than 3.400 kg with a power/weight ratio of 0.71 HP/Kg. So from what just already said, easy results that it is about a very light engine, right made for 80 to 120 footers.

In terms of weight - and space - saving, these noteworthy features are also recognisable in the 12 cylinders engine providing a max power of 2.000 HP and a weight of about 2.800 kg. Of course the weight - and space - saving enables better space exploitation on board without sacrificing fuel economy - consumption amounts to 210 g/kWh for both models according to MTU. Compared with the previous versions the new one features about 20% additional power and reduced fuel consumption to about 6%.

Summarising: the three features coming from an excellent research working on by the MTU Friedrichshshafen is the increasing power together with weight - and space - saving. All this actually results from adopting a third generation Common rail system and electronics suite capable to manage and optimize the engine efficiency by using new software components and packages and a very highly efficient turbo overfeed system, as well.

Of course, the two new models by MTU represent a new goal in the field of engines right dedicated to super - yachts; the most important international shipyards such as Ferretti Group have actually very positively reacted to, ordering a consistent number of these ultimate MTU engines at their introduction.

For further information please contact: MTU Friedrichshafen GmbH; D - 88045, Maybachplatz 1; phone: +49 75 41 90 21 59; fax: + 49 75 41 90 39 18; web site: