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2001 Engine Preview Page 8

Engine Overview
Engines — By the PMY staff

Diesels —
Bugatti
2001 Engine Preview


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Are you obsessed with the idea of having engines in your boat that no one else has? Maybe Bugatti is your answer. Its engines are nothing if not different. The company says that it offers "more than 30 designs that can be custom-built" for any application. All are constructed primarily of aluminum and were, according to Bugatti, originally designed for high-speed military craft.

At the comparatively mundane end of the spectrum is a 62.4-liter V-12 rated at 1,500 hp at just 1600 rpm. (Comparable diesels are rated at 2400 to 2800 rpm.) This slow-turning nature, says Bugatti, results in longer life: "up to 8,000 hours before first overhaul and up to 20,000 hours between major overhaul." Features include dry-sump lubrication, right- or left-handed rotation, and a choice of left- or right-hand mounting of the turbochargers. Price: $225,000 each.

Too tame for you? How about one of Bugatti's radial engines? They're available as a 42-cylinder, 4,000-hp version with six blocks of seven cylinders displacing 147 liters, or a 56-cylinder (eight blocks of seven cylinders) model displacing 196 liters and rated at a healthy 5,320 hp. If either of these sparks your interest, don't forget your checkbook. The former lists for $765,000 and the latter for $900,000.

Bugatti (561) 330-0490. Fax: (561) 272-4285. www.bugattiyachts.com.

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This article originally appeared in the May 2003 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.

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