Volvo Penta 4.3GL (190-hp)
Gasoline Sterndrive package only - This engine is no longer in production, but there are some engines still in builder and dealer inventory. The 4.3GL has been in production at Volvo Penta only since 2007, but it's based on a veteran V-6 block that's been successful for 25 years, since GM introduced it as a Vortec truck engine in 1985. Over the past quarter-century, millions of these engines have been built for on-road, off-road, land and sea applications (maybe even air, too), and it has proven to be reliable and long-lived. Volvo Penta's marinized 190-hp GL version is basic, with a two-barrel carburetor, no EVC, no catalytic converter. But the company says it's both quiet and virtually vibration-free, thanks to a center-mounted balance shaft. The team at BoatTEST has tested this engine in at least seven boats, 18 to 23 feet, including a pontoon boat, and found it to provide very consistent results. If you need a reliable, no-frills sterndrive in this horsepower range, it's one you should consider.
Volvo Penta 4.3GL (190-hp) Captain's Report is archived.