by Doug Thompson
Fiat Powertrain Technologies (FPT) may not be familiar to many North American boat owners—yet. However, this Italian-based company is well known within the marine industry. FPT—part of the CNH Industrial Group—is one of the world’s largest diesel engine manufacturers. FPT technology is so advanced that companies such as Caterpillar, CLAAS and Mitsubishi use its engine architecture and technology to meet Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requirements as well as customer requirements.
FPT’s clean, efficient engines easily exceed the EPA Tier 3 emission requirements, having been developed in Europe where diesel technology is more advanced due to European emissions regulation. Now, FPT and Hinckley Yachts have teamed up for engine power refits and new builds, and the results are increased horsepower and efficiency in waterjet-drive boats.
At the 2014 Miami International Boat Show, a 2005 Hinckley Talaria 44 Flybridge was in the water at the Sea Isle Marina to show how well FPT diesels can be retrofit into an older model. At their yard in Southwest Harbor, Maine, Hinckley’s crew removed the original pair of 5.5-liter 440-metric-horsepower diesel engines to install a pair of new FPT N67 570 (570-metric horsepower @ 3000 rpm) diesel engines in the same space.