The new Volvo Penta D3 – better at everything

The new Volvo Penta D3 super diesel sterndrive is here – compact and filled with ultramodern engine technology. The new D3, in four power classes from 140 to 220 horsepower, is faster, more powerful, cleaner and quieter than its predecessor. And now it is also available with a joystick.

The new D3 is a completely new engine. Like its predecessor, the basic engine comes from the Volvo Car Corporation and is based on a 2.4 liter, 5-cylinder aluminum engine block with the very latest in engine technology.

The new D3 has a common rail fuel injection system with a pressure of 1,800 bar and piezoelectric injectors, which make possible multiple injections per working cycle and thus even more precise fuel quantities.

Advanced and highly efficient cross-flow cooling maintains an even engine temperature. A variable geometry turbocharger gives the engine effective supercharging from even very low rpm up to maximum rpm. This results in a powerful torque for rapid acceleration up to planing speed and a higher top speed.

Everything is monitored and controlled electronically, now with even greater precision.

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 the automatic Powertrim assistant, 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.

For boats with a twin installation and equipped with electronic steering, there is also the highly appreciated joystick function as an option. This makes it much easier to dock the boat and to maneuver in congested harbors.

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.

Single or Duoprop
The 140 and 170 horsepower models are available with the SX single-propeller drive or the DPS Duoprop. The 200 and 220 horsepower models are available with the DPS Duoprop. Both these drives are very modern and were launched only 2 years ago.

Technical data

Model designation:           D3-140        D3-170        D3-200        D3-220

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

Cylinder volume:             2.4 liters

Weight, incl. DPS drive:   353 kg

Max. power, hp/rpm:       140/4000      170/4000      200/4000      220/4000

Drive:                             SX / DPS       SX / DPS      DPS             DPS

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,
phone: +46 (0) 31 3234219, E-mail: