Volvo Penta
D6-435 (435-hp)
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Volvo Penta D6-435 (435-hp) Volvo Penta D6-435 (435-hp) main video
Diesel Engine- Volvo Penta’s 6-cylinder D6-435 is developed from the latest design in modern diesel technology.

The engine has common rail fuel injection system, double overhead camshafts, 4 valves per cylinder, turbocharger and aftercooler. Together with a large swept volume and the EVC system (Electronic Vessel Control), this results in world-class diesel performance, combined with low emissions.

Key Features

  • Cylinder block and cylinder head made of cast iron
  • Double overhead camshafts
  • Seven-bearing crankshaft
  • Rear-end transmission
  • Common rail fuel injection
  • Thermostatically regulated freshwater cooling
  • 12V or 24V two-pole electrical system
  • Complete instrumentation including key switch and interlocked alarm
  • EVC monitoring panels for single or twin installations


Volvo Penta D6-435 (435-hp) (Inboard) Specifications
Horsepower 435-hp
Displacement (cu/cc) 336.00 cu / 5,506.05 cc
Number of Cylinders 6 Cylinders
Fuel Delivery Fuel Injected
Cooling System Raw Water
Weight (lbs/kg) 1,541.00 lbs / 698.99 kg
Charging System 115 A or 80 A
Full Throttle RPM 3500

Volvo Penta D6-435 (435-hp) Captain's Report

If you had asked me ten years ago what I thought of a Volvo marine diesel, I would have told you that it belongs on a farm tractor in Sweden, not on a boat. The last few years have seen a marked change. So much change, in fact, that I’ve become a real fan of the engines coming off of Volvo’s production lines. And it’s not only me. As a professional yacht captain and a marine surveyor, I get the chance to hear lots of scuttlebutt. From owners to brokers to mechanics, it seems that all I hear are positive comments about these motors.

The latest in design features include common rail fuel injection, double overhead camshafts, and 4 valves per cylinder. If that’s not enough, take a look at the spec sheet; there’s a lot more to give the tech guys plenty to debate over. And let’s agree to let the analysts compare the performance numbers. What I saw on the Cruisers 447 Sport Sedan was enough to impress me. But let’s cut to the chase. Let me tell about the practical aspects of Volvo’s D6-435.

Not only does the EVC system (Electronic Vessel Control) offer superior diesel performance, but the displays are user-friendly and the control levers are smooth and accurate. They make shifting through forward and reverse around the dock worry-free. And underway, the low emissions make you think twice about whether you’re on a diesel-powered yacht. As for service, take a look for yourself. Daily engine fluid checks are simple, and I love the raw water strainer placement- its right on the top of the engine. I wonder why it took so long to figure this one out!

On the negative side, as little as it is, I did have a shift actuator malfunction on me once. It wasn’t fun to try to shift the engine using a screwdriver. But I can’t say that over a thirty year career I’ve never had an old-fashioned mechanical linkage problem either. Stuff happens. But the good news is that Volvo’s authorized service reps always seem to know the product.

Overall, I give the Volvo Penta D6-435 top ratings in the field. The company seems to have made a real serious effort to do things right, and it seems to be working.

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Volvo Penta D6-435 (435-hp)


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