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2002 Engine Preview - Detroit Diesel-MTU
Engines — Richard Thiel, Capt. Ken Kreisler, Capt. Patrick Sciacca

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We list these two companies together because this year is supposed to mark their true integration as part of Daimler-Chrysler Powersystems Off-Highway. Among other things, this should mean the eventual end of parts disparities in many models, particularly the Series 2000 engines. Look for the MTU Blue Line electronic control system to eventually replace DDEC as part of this consolidation.

With the expected addition of VM Motori, which Daimler-Chrysler acquired when it purchased Detroit Diesel, the division expects to offer engines from about 60 to 12,240 hp, the latter from its soon-to-be-announced Series 8000. Company representatives point out that even though all those engines may not be marinized, DDC-MTU will still have the most complete line of marine propulsion diesels in the world. Indeed, the company already claims a 56-percent market share of yachts larger than 80 feet.

Although it had been installed in a number of boats, the 1,320-hp MTU-DDC 12V193 V-8 was formally introduced at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. It is MTU’s largest-selling engine (more than 10,000 units to date) and was previously rated at 1,150 hp. Electronically controlled twin sequential turbochargers give it excellent throttle response. The company points out that the new engine maintains full power from 2300 to 2400 rpm, offering more flexibility in propping and better performance under heavy loads. It also comes with an extra-slow idle speed of 560 rpm.

Also formally introduced at the same time was the 2,000-hp version of the 16V 2000, which is now rated at 2350 rpm, compared to the 1,800-hp’s 2300-rpm rating. The company reported 175 orders of this engine by show time. (313) 592-5000. Fax: (313) 592-5717. www.detroitdiesel.com.

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

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