Caterpillar Opens Order Board for the C12.9 High Performance Diesel Engine for Recreational and Commercial Applications

For Worldwide Release: October 2015

Caterpillar Opens Order Board for the C12.9 High Performance Diesel Engine for Recreational and Commercial Applications

New engine offers high power density, fast acceleration and quiet operation

Fort Lauderdale, Florida - Caterpillar Marine is pleased to announce the availability of the Cat® C12.9 high performance diesel engine for recreational and commercial applications.  Over the past 4 years, the C12.9 completed successful reliability and durability testing in test cells and numerous high performance vessels, accumulating over 13,000 endurance hours on the water.

 “Through its extensive testing, the C12.9 earned particularly high marks for its low noise, fast transient response and available power.” Bruce Strupp, Caterpillar Marine Propulsion Solutions manager noted. “The C12.9 is the successful culmination of Caterpillar’s 55 years of experience in the high performance marine market.”  

The electronically-controlled C12.9 is offered in two power ratings: 850 mhp at 2300 rpm and 1000 mhp at 2300 rpm.  Both ratings meet EPA Tier 3, IMO II, EU Recreational Craft Directive and EU Stage IIIA regulations.  In addition to high power density, the C12.9 offers high torque at low engine speeds and fast acceleration throughout the entire engine speed range due to its air system design of integrated series turbochargers and a supercharger. Both the air system and common rail fuel system designs provide numerous benefits, including quiet operation, reduced emissions and optimum engine performance.  The C12.9 is ideal for high performance marine applications including yachts, fishing vessels, military vessels, governmental vessels and various other commercial high performance applications. The C12.9 is designed to be integrated with both the Cat Three60 Precision Control shaft line maneuvering and engine control solution as well as other marine industry throttle controls.

“At Caterpillar, we are firmly committed to delivering solutions that meet our customers’ high performance needs,” Strupp added. “The high performance specifications delivered by the C12.9 enable it to be a versatile platform for varying marine applications that depend on a reliable power solution with get up and go capabilities. Whether it is installed on a patrol boat or sport-fishing vessel, the C12.9 can exceed performance expectations and more.”

Watch the C12.9 hit 33 knots in a matter of seconds: Additionally, a Cat C12.9 marine propulsion engine will be on display at the Caterpillar booth at the 2015 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. Stop by Engine Tent #1213 to visit with our yachting experts. Follow us on our Facebook page: and Twitter: using #CatFLIBS for up-to-the-minute information on Caterpillar Marine. Follow us on Periscope @CatMarineGlobal!

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About Caterpillar Marine

Caterpillar Marine, with headquarters in Hamburg, Germany, groups all the marketing and service activities for Cat and MaK™ marine diesel, dual fuel and gas power and propulsion systems within Caterpillar Inc. The organisation provides premier power solutions in the medium- and high-speed segments with outputs from 93 to 16,800 kW in main propulsion and 10 to 16,100 kWe in marine generator sets as well as a comprehensive portfolio of propulsion solutions. The sales and service network includes more than 2,100 dealer locations world-wide dedicated to support customers in ocean-going, commercial marine and pleasure craft wherever they are.

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