Sunseeker partners with Rolls-Royce for 90 engines

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Denise Kurtulus, Head of Marine & Offshore at Rolls-Royce Power Systems (left) with Sunseeker CEO Andrea Frabetti.

Denise Kurtulus, Head of Marine & Offshore at Rolls-Royce Power Systems (left) with Sunseeker CEO Andrea Frabetti.

Rolls-Royce and Sunseeker have signed a frame agreement for MTU Series 2000 and Series 4000 engines. Rolls-Royce said in a statement that it expects 90 MTU propulsion systems are being planned. The contract between MTU and the U.K. yacht builder was signed during the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show. It will run until the end of 2022.

The contract includes MTU Series 2000 V10, V12 and V16 engines as well as V8 and V12 configurations of the Series 4000. The engines have power outputs ranging between 1,380 and 3,182 hp.

The statement noted that an MTU will power a new 116-ft. Sunseeker that was presented at the Cannes boat show. The agreement also calls for an MTU hybrid engine for the Sunseeker 133. This modular propulsion system is being developed by Rolls-Royce in collaboration with Sunseeker.

“We are pleased to be entering into another frame agreement with Rolls-Royce,” said Andrea Frabetti, CEO, in the statement. “We aim to double our yacht portfolio over the next few years, and intend to include new technologies. Rolls-Royce is an excellent partner for this undertaking.” Sunseeker has already installed “1.8 million horsepower of MTU technology” in its 18-year partnership, Frabetti added. 

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