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Volvo Penta Introduces the Sterndrive Joystick for Gasoline Engines

Stress-free docking—now for the twin sterndrive owner! The joystick technology is now ready for gasoline sterndrive owners who want one-hand docking capabilities with their systems.

(Chesapeake, VA) Stress-free docking—now for the twin sterndrive owner!  Even the most experienced boat owner can sometimes feel uncomfortable docking their boat in a congested harbor or under the watchful eyes of an audience at a crowded restaurant dock.  Volvo Penta first solved the problem for diesel powered boats in 2006 with its revolutionary Volvo Penta IPS joystick.  Now, this technology is ready for gasoline sterndrive owners who want the same one-hand docking capabilities with their systems. 

Individually Controlled Drives
The new sterndrive joystick builds on existing Volvo Penta IPS technology to control individual Volvo Penta DPS drives in a twin sterndrive application. “Fly by wire” software commands from the helm mounted joystick control the individual sterndrives with just the right throttle and thrust to move the boat into your chosen spot.

Fully Intuitive
The joystick is fully intuitive.  Push the joystick to port or starboard and your boat moves confidently sideways.  Forward and aft movements of the joystick propel the boat in the same direction.  Twist the knob, the boat spins on its own axis.   Challenging berth spaces now become easily accessible and, by effectively combining direction and thrust, the joystick helps overcome the effects of wind and current.

You can even use the joystick for slow-speed driving. Low and high RPM maneuverability is achieved with the push of a button.   Simple. Safe. Smart.  Experience it yourself, and you’ll never go back.

Available in 270 – 420 hp Twin Installation
The gasoline sterndrive joystick is only available as a factory twin-engine installation option and cannot be retrofitted.

Available on the following engines:

Engine

Prop Shaft
kW/hp

Max rpm

Number of Cylinders

Displacement liters/cui

5.0 GXiE

201/270

5000

 

 

5.0GXiCE

201/270

5000

 

 

5.7 GiE-300

224/300

5000

V8

5.7/350

5.7 GiCE-300

224/300

5000

V8

5.7/350

5.7GXiE

239/320

5000

V8

5.7/350

8.1 GiE

280/375

4600

 

V8

8.1GiCE

289/400

4800

 

V8

8/1GXiE

313/420

5000

 

V8

About Volvo Penta

Volvo Penta, with more than 5,000 dealers in over 130 countries, is a world-leading and global manufacturer of engines and complete power systems for both marine and industrial applications.  The engine program comprises diesel and gasoline engines with power outputs of between 10 and 2,000 hp.  Volvo Penta is part of the Volvo Group, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of trucks, buses, construction equipment, drive systems for marine and industrial applications and aerospace components and services.  The Group also provides complete solutions for financing and service.  For more information, please visit www.volvopenta.com.

About Volvo Group

The Volvo Group is one of the world's leading manufacturers of trucks, buses and construction equipment, drive systems for marine and industrial applications, aerospace components and services, and is the world's leading producer of heavy-diesel engines (9-16 liter).  The Group also provides complete solutions for financing and service.  The Volvo Group, which employs about 100,000 people, has production facilities in 19 countries and sells its products in more than 180 markets.  The Volvo Group is a publicly-held company headquartered in Gothenburg, Sweden.  Volvo Shares are listed on OMX Nordic Exchange Stockholm and are traded OTC in the U.S.

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For additional information, please call Susan Lee at Volvo Penta of the Americas.  Phone: 757-436-5173; E-mail: susan.lee@volvo.com