Five new engines in Volvo Penta’s sailboat program

Volvo Penta is introducing five new engines for sailing and displacement boats: D1-13, 20 and 30, D2-40 and D4-180. All of the new engines feature low rpms, powerful torque, freshwater cooling, powerful alternators and emissions that complies with the emission requirements introduced in the EU and USA as from 2006.

In just a few years, Volvo Penta has introduced a completely new engine program for sailing and displacement boats. The engines in the new D-series are modern, low-emission engines that complies with the emission requirements introduced in the EU and USA as from 2006.

With eight engines ranging from 12 to 180 hp, Volvo Penta now has the market’s most modern and complete engine range for displacement boats and semi-planing boats.

When the worldwide Volvo Ocean Race begins in November of this year, all racing yachts entered in the competition will be equipped with standard models of Volvo Penta diesel engines. The proficiency and capacity of the engines was proved under the most difficult conditions during the previous race four years ago.

Low rpm and high torque
An engine that works at low rpm provides better comfort and is easier to maneuver than an engine that operates at high rpm. All engines in the sailboat program have a maximum revolution speed of 2,700-3,200 rpm, which means they maintain less than 2,500 rpm at cruising speed.

The torque of the engines is high across the entire speed range. This provides good maneuvering qualities at low rpm and prevents the engine from losing power, for example in choppy waters.

Effective battery charging
Today’s boats are equipped with an increasing range of electrical equipment, which places greater demands on the battery charging capacity. Volvo Penta’s engines have a standard alternator of as much as 115 A, with a built-in charging sensor that guarantees the correct charging voltage to the battery. (D3 engines have 140 A generators without charging sensors). The high torque of the engines also create a more effective charge in idling speed.

Another new feature is that all engines are now also equipped with electrical stop, which enables the engine to be started and turned off easily with the ignition key. It also provides better comfort, since a traditional mechanical stop wire feeds noise and vibrations into the cockpit.

All the engines are equipped with freshwater cooling as a standard feature, which increases service life and provides opportunities to install warm water and/or heating onboard.

Saildrive, reverse gear and propellers
Volvo Penta’s saildrive, which creates low resistance under sail and high efficiency during power, is available for engines up to 75 hp. A wide range of reverse gears with straight or down angle shafts make it easy for boat builders or the owner who repowers with a new engine to find the best transmission.

Volvo Penta also has a complete range of propellers. The patented three and four-blade folding propellers for engines up to 120 hp provide the best performance standards for yachtsmen. Thanks to its unique elliptical form, the traction force is extremely high, even in reverse, while resistance under sail is minimal.


Volvo Penta’s engine program for sailing and deplacement boats
D1-13: 2 cylinders, 12 hp (new)
D1-20: 3 cylinders, 19 hp (new)
D1-30: 3 cylinders, 28 hp (new)
D2-40: 4 cylinders, 40 hp (new)
D2-55: 4 cylinders, 55 hp
D2-75: 4 cylinders, 75 hp
D3-110: 5 cylinders, 110 hp
D4-180: 4 cylinders, 180 hp (new)

All of the engines comply with the emission requirements introduced in the EU and USA as from 2006 and the local requirements for Lake of Constance (BSO).

For further information, please contact

Ann-Charlotte Emegård
AB Volvo Penta,
phone: +46 31 66 84 18,
E-mail: ann-charlotte [dot] emegard [at] volvo [dot] com