Riviera and Absolute choose Volvo Penta engines for new yachts


Volvo Penta’s new D8-IPS will premiere in the new Riviera 4800 Sport Yacht, and the IPS-600 has been selected to power the new Absolute Yacht 50Fly.

Riviera’s new sport yacht can be equipped with either the Volvo Penta D8-IPS700 (twin D8 engines and IPS15 pod drives at 550hp) or the D8-IPS800 (600hp).

Volvo Penta IPS has forward-facing, counter-rotating propellers and pulls the yacht through the water, as opposed to pushing it by conventional drive systems.

“In 2008, Riviera eagerly embraced the industry-leading technology of Volvo Penta’s IPS system, recognizing that it offers superb performance, fuel efficiency and comfort for the luxury motoryacht enthusiast,” said Andrew Nicholson, head of Volvo Penta Oceania, in a statement.

“We are delighted to celebrate the global launch of our new engine and drive system with such an internationally renowned yacht builder. Our relationship with Riviera continues to grow each year, and we are excited to be a part of the new 4800 Sport Yacht, which showcases our latest IPS technical innovations.”

Absolute Yachts’ new 15-meter 50Fly can accommodate as many as six guests in its three cabins; a fourth supplementary cabin can house an additional crewmember.

“We needed an engine that would provide the best performance for our yacht, while also offering low fuel consumption, reduced noise and vibration, and have a minimal ecological impact with low emissions,” said Absolute Yachts sales vice president and chief commercial officer Cesare Mastroianni in a separate statement. “We have found the ideal propulsion drive with Volvo Penta’s IPS.”