Rolls-Royce and British luxury yacht manufacturer Sunseeker International have agreed a new general contract for the supply of MTU Series 2000 and Series 4000 engines for a range of yachts including three new models.
The contract, announced at the Southampton Boat Show, will see MTU engines power the new Sunseeker 95, 116 and 131 Yachts. The MTU brand is part of Rolls-Royce Power Systems within the Land & Sea division of Rolls-Royce.
Phil Popham, Sunseeker International, CEO said: “I am delighted that our long-standing relationship continues with the supply of MTU’s latest and most advanced engines for fitment across all of our largest models, matched to industry leading standards of service and support.”
Bruce Phillips, MTU UK, Managing Director said: “We are very pleased to have concluded this agreement. The signing of the general contract marks another milestone in our successful collaboration with Sunseeker. The yacht market demands continual progress and innovative technologies, and we are delighted that the new Series 2000 M96L engine generation forms part of this new agreement.”
The new Series 2000 M96L engine generation delivers improved acceleration and reduced fuel consumption as well as meeting the strict emission limits of the EPA Tier 3 standard for leisure craft. The engine will be offered as a 12 or 16-cylinder version with power outputs ranging from 1,432 to 1,939 kW to be fitted to a number of yachts including two new models, the 95 Yacht and the 116 Yacht.
The larger Series 4000 engines will power the new 131 Yacht which has already secured four retail orders, months before the first yacht is launched in January 2016. In combination with the MTU Blue Vision monitoring and control system, both engine series provide the ultimate in advanced yacht engine technology.
MTU has supplied equipment for a variety of Sunseeker yachts of 24 metres or more over many years including the 155 Yacht “Blush”, the largest Sunseeker craft ever built, which is powered by the Series 4000.