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From wakesurfing, to cruising to simply beaching the boat, the possibilities for adventure are endless with the Volvo Penta Forward Drive.

The Volvo Penta Forward Drive allows for 360 degrees of fun, including wakesurfing

From wakesurfing, to cruising to simply beaching the boat, the possibilities for adventure are endless with the Volvo Penta Forward Drive.

By turning the traditional drive design around 180 degrees, Volvo Penta created an opening for 360 degrees of fun on the water. A complete, all-in-one experience for boaters to enjoy. No matter the interest for you or your family, the package offers something for everyone.

This is the basis for a fresh new look you’ll see across our channels, which aims to capture the true essence of versatile fun that only the Volvo Penta Forward Drive can provide.

Not yet a Forward Drive boat owner? Here are a few reasons to consider one of the most innovative propulsion packages for recreational boats on the market today.


The Volvo Penta Forward Drive blends together the best of traditional sterndrives with the adrenaline rush of a purpose-built wakesport boat. Not only does the innovative system give you the versatility to enjoy just about every use of a boat, it makes the experience that much better through a combination of unique features and benefits. Here’s just a sampling of the things you can do with your Forward Drive boat.

  1. Wake surfing
  2. Wake boarding
  3. Water skiing
  4. Cruising
  5. Beaching
  6. Fishing
  7. Scuba Diving
  8. Tubing
  9. Relaxing on the transom
  10. Dangling your feet in the water with a good book
  11. Jumping from the swim platform
  12. Entertaining friends and family

Serious Surf

When it comes to an ideal wake, the Volvo Penta Forward Drive delivers. Whether you’re a beginner or have been perfecting your surf for some time, the Forward Drive has what it takes to take you to the next level. Experts have noted the offer’s ability to trim, and for better top speed, superior low-speed and reverse handling when comparing to traditional V-drives. For more on how the propulsion system measures up, take a look at this story from Boating Magazine.

Ease of Use

Volvo Penta’s solutions are designed to make the boating experience easy, and the Forward Drive is no exception. One example is the ability to dock with ease thanks to the Forward Drive’s unique horizontal thrust and props positioned close to the bow. Boaters will enjoy effortless maneuverability in tight spaces.

What makes it so easy?

  • Easy to customize waves with Water Sport Control
  • Easy to verify engine data with the Easy Connect app
  • Easy to set routes
  • Simplified service points for easier maintenance
  • Easy to check the oil
  • Easy to extend the boating season with Easy Drain
  • Easy to flush engine and drive with the transom flush
  • Easy to maintain target speeds with speed control
  • Easy to reach and maintain an ideal wake size of 2¾ to 3¼ feet

Maximum Comfort

Many factors collide to create the ultimate onboard experience. Let’s start with placement of the drive. The Forward Drive has been strategically positioned under the boat and set back from the stern, equating to less noise and exhaust levels. The now standard Silent Shift feature enables soundless and seamless shifting in and out of gear, adding to overall comfort.

The forward-facing propellers and placement of the drive unit also help to increase safety when surfing, waterskiing or swimming behind the boat.

What are just some of the factors that contribute to a more comfortable experience?

  • No fumes
  • Less noise
  • Smooth and silent shifting in and out of gear
  • Cleaner emissions
  • Maneuverability
  • Easy to get in and out of the boat via access to the swim platform
  • Option for fully integrated engine-driven air conditioner and optional heating system designed specifically for open-cockpit sterndrive boats

Powerful Performance

Variable trim angles provide the right thrust for cruising around and reaching top speeds that are higher compared to conventional inboards. You’ll also speed to plane quicker. Turns are tighter and faster too with directional thrust.

What are some of the technical advancements behind the scenes that contribute to this performance?

  • Industry-first direct fuel injection which contributes to better low-end torque and unmatched fuel efficiency
  • Light weight all-aluminum block for unparalleled power-to-weight ratio
  • Variable Valve Timing producing higher torque and acceleration across the full range of RPMs
  • Standardization of closed cooling for more consistent internal temperature, longer life with no internal parts exposed to raw or salt water
  • Latest automotive technology adapted for marine use


Drivers can customize their water sports experience with an adjustable angle of thrust. Variable, downward thrust draws the stern lower into the water. Used in combination with an enlarged trim plate, it fine-tunes your wake surfing wave and wakeboarding wakes on the fly. When on the move, the trim allows effortless, comfortable cruising.


Not only does the Volvo Penta Duoprop deliver better maneuverability, greater low-speed handling and fast acceleration. The innovative technology also enables optimal fuel economy so you can go further, longer. The emission levels of these engines come in significantly lower than EPA standards for sterndrives.

 360 degrees of fun graphic elements

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Here is a sneak peek of Volvo Penta’s new 360 Degrees of Fun merchandise. 

New Forward Drive Merchandise

Enter our Be a Featured Forward Driver Contest to Win Great Prizes

Join our Be a Featured Forward Driver contest for your chance to win a selection of awesome prizes like a GoPro camera or a wakesurf board. It’s easy, just like our boating solutions. Simply send us a picture or video of you enjoying your Forward Drive-powered boat and tell us what you love about it.

In addition to prizes, entrants will also have a chance to be featured on Volvo Penta’s social media channels.

The contest runs August 17 – October 15, 2020. Submit your entry via this form. Official rules can be viewed here.