Rolls-Royce Presents New MTU Series 2000 Yacht Engine at Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show

  • New engine selected to power Viking 92 Enclosed Bridge Convertible yacht

The new MTU 16V 2000 M96L from Rolls-Royce will make its North American debut at the 2014 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. (Photo: Business Wire)

Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show 2014

NOVI, Mich.--()--Rolls-Royce will debut its new generation MTU Series 2000 M96 yacht engine at the 2014 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, Oct. 30 – Nov. 3. The EPA Tier 3-compliant engine will be on display in the MTU booth (#1212) and presented for the first time in North America aboard the new Viking 92 Enclosed Bridge Convertible, the largest resin-infused sportfishing convertible hull in the world.

The new MTU 16V 2000 M96L will be showcased in the new vessel during a press conference on Friday, Oct. 31 at 11 a.m. EDT at the Viking Yacht Company’s D-Dock display.

Continuing its long tradition of reliable and efficient high-performance yacht engines, the MTU Series 2000 M96 generation offers enhanced acceleration and low fuel consumption in 12-cylinder ratings from 1700 bhp to 1920 bhp and 16-cylinder ratings from 2185 bhp to 2600 bhp of power, making it particularly suitable for luxury and sportfishing yachts. It is also backed by MTU’s Premium Yacht Service, providing unparalleled support for the engine over its entire lifespan.

During recent sea trials with Viking, the new generation 16V 2000 M96L impressed with faster acceleration and outstanding maneuverability while powering the 92 Enclosed Bridge Convertible.

“We recently introduced our dealers to the new Viking 92 Enclosed Bridge Convertible and their feedback on its performance has been outstanding,” said Bill Gibbons, senior project engineer, Viking Yacht Company. “2014 marks 50 years of excellence in luxury yachting for Viking Yacht. We have spent the last decade becoming the No. 1-selling convertible sportfishing yacht builder and selecting the new MTU 16V 2000 M96L to power our newest flagship yacht will enable us to keep that position for many years to come. We have trusted partners in MTU and we look forward to sharing the many milestones of this exquisite vessel with them.”

“The new 16V 2000 M96L engines paired with the Viking 92 Enclosed Bridge Convertible is a powerful combination and one that will surely make waves during the show and at sea,” said Andrew Boyer, senior sales manager, MTU America. “Because our customers demand high levels of performance and reliability, it was essential for the next generation of MTU yacht engines to create excitement and set a new standard for the pleasure craft industry.”

A full system provider, MTU will also present its latest control and monitoring system, Blue Vision New Generation (BVNG), which features standard color displays, integrated start-stop control and standard shipyard interface. The system is complete with simple harnessing to enabling ease of installation.

Also on display at the show is a new Joystick System that is fully integrated to BVNG as an option. Designed for the pleasure craft market, this new Joystick System will be available in early 2015 and will offer:

  • Intuitive maneuverability – complex maneuvers are made more convenient by automatically and cleverly managing all the propulsion and thruster systems.
  • Thruster Compatibility – wide range of electronic or hydraulic OEM supplied thruster units; proportional control capability; joystick operating mode for thruster only control.
  • GPS-based Station Keeping – automatically remain stationary with a sophisticated GPS-based system.

Boat show attendees are also invited to visit the MTU exhibit to experience a simulation of the new Joystick System while controlling a virtual yacht.

Attendees are also invited to learn more about MTU Premium Yacht Service, a comprehensive range of services tailored to meet the most demanding customer requirements. The package includes an Extended Propulsion Coverage warranty (EPC), annual inspections and professional training for customers and their partners.

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About Rolls-Royce Holdings plc

1. Rolls-Royce’s vision is to create better power for a changing world via two main business segments, Aerospace and Land & Sea. These business segments address markets with two strong technology platforms, gas turbines and reciprocating engines.

2. Aerospace is comprised of Civil Aerospace and Defence Aerospace. Land & Sea is comprised of Marine, Nuclear & Energy and Power Systems (RRPS). RRPS is headquartered in Friedrichshafen in Southern Germany and employs around 11,000 people. The MTU brand is part of RRPS, providing high-speed engines and propulsion systems for marine, rail, power generation, oil and gas, agriculture, mining, construction and industrial, and defense applications. The portfolio is comprised of diesel engines with up to 10,000 kilowatts and gas engines up to 2,530 kilowatts power output. MTU also offers customized electronic monitoring and control systems for its engines and propulsion systems.

3. On May 6, 2014 Rolls-Royce announced it had signed an agreement to sell its Energy gas turbine and compressor business to Siemens for a $1.2 million cash consideration. Upon completion, which is expected before the end of December 2014, Rolls-Royce will receive a further $3.2 million for a 25 year licensing agreement.

4. Rolls-Royce has customers in more than 120 countries, including more than 380 airlines and leasing customers, 160 armed forces, 4,000 marine customers, 70 navies, and 1,600 energy and nuclear customers.

5. Our business is focused on the 4Cs:

  • Customer – placing the customer at the heart of our business
  • Concentration – deciding where to grow and where not to
  • Cost – continually looking to increase efficiency
  • Cash – improving financial performance.

6. Annual underlying revenue was $24.7 billion in 2013, around half of which came from the provision of aftermarket services. The firm and announced order book stood at $112.4 billion on June 30, 2014.

7. In 2013, Rolls-Royce invested $1.7 billion on research and development. We also support a global network of 31 University Technology Centres, which positions Rolls-Royce engineers at the forefront of scientific research.

8. Rolls-Royce employs over 55,000 people in 45 countries. Over 17,000 of these are engineers.

9. The Group has a strong commitment to apprentice and graduate recruitment and to further developing employee skills. In 2013 we employed 379 graduates and 288 apprentices through our worldwide training programs. Globally we have over 1,000 Rolls-Royce STEM ambassadors who are actively involved in education programs and activities; we reach 6 million people through our STEM outreach activities by 2020.


MTU America Inc.
Gary Mason, 248-560-8480
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MTU America Inc.
Gary Mason, 248-560-8480
Agency Contact
Karah Davenport, 248-213-7340