Volvo Penta Announces New 350 hp Gas Sterndrive


Volvo Penta of the Americas, Chesapeake, Virginia, has announced the addition of its new 350hp V8 gas engine to its growing line of new-generation marine sterndrives.
 
Based on Volvo Penta's award-winning V8-380 engine block, the V8-350 is said to be than 200 pounds lighter in weight than any other marine engine in its horsepower class, for improved performance-to-weight ratio.
 
The V8-350 features Variable Valve Timing (VVT) technology, which optimizes torque at low RPM while maximizing performance at high RPM for faster acceleration, increased top speed and smoother response in the mid-RPM range. Volvo Penta says its new engines are at least 20 percent more fuel efficient than earlier-model sterndrives, and that they exceed US EPA emission requirements by a wide margin.
 
"Volvo Penta continues to be a leader with the widest range of marine propulsion from single 13hp to 4,800hp quad installations,' said Ron Huibers, President of Volvo Penta of the Americas. "The investments we continue to make in the gas range, including our standard five-year factory warranty coverage, are bringing new, exciting performance to the sterndrive segment.'
 
The V8-350 if offered with Electronic Vessel Control (EVC) as an option, which provides full propeller-to-helm integration. EVC options include Volvo Penta joystick docking and the company's new Glass Cockpit helm station (winner of the IBEX Innovation Award and METS DAME Award in 2013). It also comes with Volvo Penta's ‘2+3' warranty coverage providing North American boat owners five years of factory protection.