Volvo Penta has reached the vaunted 1,000 hp category with its new marine leisure diesel engine: the D13-1000 inboard and D13-IPS1350, mated with Volvo Penta’s pod drive. The D13-IPS1350 is so named because its 1,000 hp engine delivers to the water the equivalent power to a 1,350 hp engine with inboard running gear, according to Volvo Penta.
Designed for multiple engine applications in boats as small as 60 feet and as large as 120 feet in length, the 12.8-liter, inline-6 twin-turbo Volvo Penta diesel brings forward a number of improvements that boost horsepower and durability. It is designed to go head to head with competitive 1,000 hp marine diesels from brands such as Caterpillar and MAN.
“Our boat partners have been asking for more horsepower, and this is what we delivered.” says Jens Bering, vice president of sales for Volvo Penta of the Americas in Chesapeake, Virginia. “The outside might look the same as the 900 hp D13-900, but this engine required many new elements inside.”
It includes more-efficient new fuel injectors, intake manifold and cam shaft for greater power, as well as a beefed-up crank shaft, steel pistons, connecting rods and cooling system for durability.
Volvo Penta also needed to upgrade the transmission — the IPS30 — to accept the additional 100 ponies. Improvements include new high-strength pinion gears,…