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New engine from Volvo Penta, new RIB from Z Marine

Marine manufacturers continue to introduce new products to the marketplace.

Volvo Penta recently introduced its new V8 gasoline engine for the leisure marine market.

The new V8-430 is a high-performance engine based on the award-winning V8-380 design Volvo Penta launched last year.

“The new generation of V8 engines from Volvo Penta is the result of intense development work and represents a real technological leap forward in the field of gasoline sterndrive engines for marine use,” Volvo Penta of the Americas president Ron Huibers said in a statement. “The V8-430 is based on the same base engine as the V8-380, but includes a number of modifications inside the engine which enables increased power output.”

The 430-hp engine package touts the highest performance yet with horsepower-to-weight ratio and as much as 20 percent improved fuel efficiency. Equipped standard with catalytic converters, it meets Environmental Protection Agency requirements by a broad margin, the company said.

Meanwhile, Z Marine North America, formerly Zodiac Recreational of North America, is debuting the flagship model of the NZO fleet in North America — the N-ZO 760, the largest rigid-hull inflatable boat in the N-ZO series at nearly 25 feet.

“This new model is stylish, seaworthy, spacious and safe,” Z Marine sales vice president Gary Durnan said in a statement.

Italian designer Vittorio Garroni was tapped again for the boat design. The model features an air console, a higher console that minimizes floor space used and increases walkaround room in the boat.

Optional features include a head, aft and bow sunbathing kit, refrigerator, aft and bow saloon table, fresh water tank, shower kit and bimini.

Zodiac also announced the introduction of a new website.

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