Volvo Penta Outdrives

Founded in 1907, Volvo Penta began producing outdrives with their first model, the B1. Since then, Volvo Penta has created many industry-first outdrives such as the first IPS engine. Their units and drives are efficient and have become an industry standard throughout the years.

What do the Volvo Penta Acronyms mean?
  • SX is a kind of Volvo Penta stern that has been in production since 1991.
  • Cobra is a type of Volvo Penta stern that was produced between the years of 1985 and 1993.
  • AQ indicates a Volvo Penta stern that includes the patented Aqua-matic technology. These have been in production since 1993.
  • SP indicates that the system is for a single-propeller model.
  • DS means that the Penta is for a dual-propeller model.
What are some Volvo Penta engines?
  • The V6-225 boat drive has 165 kW of crankshaft, 225 horsepower, a maximum speed of 4,800 RPM, and weighs 919 pounds.
  • The V8-270 boat engine has 199 kW of crankshaft, 270 HP, a maximum speed of 5,000 RPM, and weighs 1,081 pounds.
  • The V8-300-C boat drive has 221 kW of crankshaft, 300 HP, a maximum speed of 5,000 RPM, and weighs 1,081 pounds.
  • The V8-320-EC boat drive has 235 kW of crankshaft, 320 HP, a maximum speed of 5,200 RPM, and weighs 1,081 pounds.
  • The V8-380-CE boat engine has 279 kW of crankshaft, 380 horsepower, a maximum speed of 6,000 RPM, and weighs 1,076 pounds.
What are some Advantages of Volvo Penta Marine Outdrives?

Each Volvo outdrive is comprised of eco-friendly parts. These outdrives produce fewer emissions to help marine life to flourish. Volvo outdrives utilize large alternators that are designed to provide a quality electrical output at low speeds and when the parts are idling. For example, the Volvo Penta V6-255 has an amp alternator that is rated an immense 75 amps.

Volvo continually improves their units with updated parts to increase the power-to-weight ratio of their outdrives.

What kind of maintenance does an outboard need?
  • If possible, keep your boat stored out of the water. Keeping it dry will reduce any potential damage that can be caused by barnacles and other marine elements.
  • Change the oil often, and use the recommended oil for your model.
  • Check your oil after each outing. This will help verify that the oil seal is still good and help you spot any potential issues.
  • Every six months, change the oil, gaskets, anodes, and other such parts.
  • Replace your clamps and bellows every twelve months.