MTU Enters The Medium Speed Fray With The 8000

MTU Friedrichshafen plans to introduce a new 20V 8000 engine at this year's SMM. Able to produce 9,000 kW at 1,150-rpm, the model is the company's most powerful — moving MTU into the realm of medium-speed engines. The 20V can be utilized as main propulsion for large yachts and workboats, as well as for diesel-electric propulsion and onboard power supply systems in cruise ships. The design of this series is versatile as it also allows its use in other fields such as decentralized power generation and in rail applications. Production on this new innovation is scheduled to commence this year in time for deliveries to begin in April 2001. Looking towards the future, MTU plans to expand the series with a 16-cylinder version of the 20V with 7,200 kW.

Plans to manufacture in line engines as well as versions for gas and heavy oil are also in the works.

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