MAN Engines delivers its first MAN V12-2000 engine to AB Yachts, an Italian shipyard based in Viareggio in Tuscany. The MAN V12-2000 is currently the most powerful engine in the MAN Engines portfolio and was only debuted last year at the Cannes Yachting Festival. AB Yachts, which by its own claim is the world's leading supplier of gliders with water jet propulsion, will install this yacht engine in its AB 100 model in a three-engine system with ZF transmissions and MJP water jets. The total power of the system is thus 6,000 hp (4,412 kW) and accelerates the 100-foot luxury yacht to a top speed of 55 knots (equivalent to 102 km/h). The buyer of this AB 100 is a European businessman who will use the yacht with the three MAN V12-2000s in the Mediterranean. The delivery is planned for May 2019.
With the MAN V12-2000, AB Yachts is increasing the power of its AB 100 series by 100 hp (74 kW) per engine. “We have been relying on engines from MAN Engines for a long time because they offer the ideal combination of power, lightweight design and compact size. These are all essential characteristics that guarantee the performance that has made us so successful with our boats around the world. The new AB 100 will enable us to achieve new goals once again,” says Francesco Guidetti, Head of AB Yachts.
To date, the MAN V12-2000 is the only twelve-cylinder V-engine with 2,000 hp (1,471 kW) on the market that generates its enormous power from 24 litres of displacement. This extremely high-power density of 61 kW per litre of displacement, the compact design and the low weight provide ship designers with significant advantages over comparable high-performance engines.