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Volvo Penta V8-380

Starting at $22,388;

Volvo Penta V8-380 - click to enlarge

Volvo Penta has introduced a new V-8 featuring significant weight savings and the latest in variable-valve-timing technology. Features like a new aluminum exhaust system help contribute to a savings of 270 pounds, says the company. Mated to Volvo’s DuoProp stern drive, the package carries a listed gross weight of 1,076 pounds. 

Mindful of today’s changing fuel situation, the V8-380 can accommodate a mixture of up to 10 percent ethanol. Minimum required octane is 87, thanks to a 9.67:1 compression ratio, so no premium fuel is required. 

Based on General Motors’ 6.0-liter truck engine, the V8-380 is said to combine durability and performance in a compact package. 

This article originally appeared in the November 2012 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.