The new D3 inboard diesel: even cleaner, more powerful and more flexible

Volvo Penta’s new generation of inboard engines, D3, is flexible to say the least. There are no less than five versions from 110 to 220 hp with the two smallest being low-revolution engines for non-planing boats. Electronic shift and throttle and even lower levels of emissions, sound and vibrations are among the new features.

The new D3 is based on a newly developed 2.4 liter, 5-cylinder aluminum engine block with advanced technology that sets a completely new standard in the boating industry when it comes to performance, the environment and comfort.

Common rail with a pressure of 1,800 bar and piezoelectric injectors provide multiple injections per working cycle and thus even more precise fuel quantities. Advanced and highly efficient cross-flow cooling maintains an even engine temperature.

All in all, this gives the new D3 impressive sports performance compared with its predecessor, which was already the best in its class. Output has been increased from 190 to 220 hp at the same time as fuel consumption is lower, as is sound and emissions. The new D3’s emissions are in line with the very stringent US EPA Tier 3 regulations, which come into force in 2012.

Electronic shift and throttle
The new D3 is equipped with Volvo Penta’s electronic platform EVC as standard, which includes electronic shift and throttle all the way from the controls to the engine and drive. For the boat owner, this means softer, more exact and safer driving and no need for later adjustments.

Because electronic cables do not conduct vibrations, onboard comfort also increases.

EVC also makes it simple to install additional accessories and functions such as Low-speed mode, a trip computer, engine data in the chart plotter via NMEA or the new 7” color display.

With EVC, it is possible to have instrumentation, or complete helm stations, in up to four locations on board.

Quiet and vibration free
Thanks to common rail and multi fuel injection, the new D3 has a very low noise level. The new and modernly designed engine cover helps to reduce the sound still further.

The new D3 also has the same type of highly effective vibration-damping engine mountings as the larger D4 and D6, which increases onboard comfort still further.

Technical data

Model designation:         D3-110        D3-150        D3-170     D3-200      D3220

Configuration:                In-line 5-cylinder diesel with common rail variable geometry turbo

Cylinder volume:            2.4 liters

Max. power, hp/rpm:     110/3000      150/3000      170/4000   200/4000    220/4000

Emissions:                      Satisfies EU RCD and US EPA Tier 2. 
                                      Prepared for EPA Tier 3 to be introduced in 2012.

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January 8, 2010

For further information, please contact Ann-Charlotte Emegård, AB Volvo Penta,
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