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MDCE 2014: Volvo Penta debuts new sterndrives with GM engines

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Volvo Penta introduced its Gen V 200- and 240-hp gasoline sterndrive engines at the dealer conference.

Volvo Penta introduced its Gen V 200- and 240-hp gasoline sterndrive engines at the dealer conference.

ORLANDO, FLA. — Volvo Penta’s new 200- and 240-hp sterndrive engines made their first public appearance at this week’s Marine Dealer Conference & Expo, which wrapped up Wednesday. The 200/240, which are 4.3-liter V-6 catalyzed engines, are the first of a fleet of sterndrives that use General Motors Gen V engines.

Volvo Penta will roll out the complete new family of next-generation V-6 and V-8 gasoline sterndrive engines in 2015 and 2016. Mercury earlier this year announced that it would build its own in-house gas sterndrives and has since produced a MerCruiser 250-hp 4.5-liter engine, which was also on display at MDCE. The company previously used GM engines.

Volvo Penta of the Americas president Ron Huibers at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show outlined for me the company’s reasons for staying with GM for its new engine platform. He said the benefits include the addition of common rail fuel injection; the depth of GM engineering knowledge and expertise; competitive cost and reliability; the continued use of Variable Valve Timing; and FWC as a standard component in all Gen V engines.

“We are the diesel experts,” Huibers said. “Where are the gasoline [engine] experts in the world? They are right here in the U.S. When you operate these engines you are proud of that American muscle. They are incredible. The technology leaps of Gen V are huge.”

The 200 and 240 will be shown for the first time at a major U.S. boat show at the Miami International Boat Show in February. Previous gas sterndrive engines included the V-8-380, V-8-430 and V-8-350, all GM Gen IV engines.

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