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4,000 Horsepower Engine Rocks Your World

The crankshaft is 10 feet long and weighs over a ton, a piston is the size of a pumpkin and just one of the twin turbo chargers is bigger than the engine in a Mazda RX-8. It’s a V20, and oh yeah, it’s built in the Detroit Diesel plant in Detroit, Michigan… on an assembly line made of trailers. 

Generally, the MTU Series 4000 finds a home in the belly of a ship or is used for power-generation in mining and offshore drilling. By next fall the diesel swilling monster will be put to use propelling our Navy battleships around the world, presumably at sufficient water skiing speeds (it looked like fun in “Down Periscope”). 

But don’t flip your wig over a Navy dreamboat and join the YMCA just yet; the Series 4000 isn’t even the biggest engine MTU makes. The king pin of their arsenal is the series 8000. 

4,000hp? Childs play. Cranking up the 8000 produces a sea splitting 12,000hp. Sadly, it probably won’t fit beneath the hood of the average muscle car. 


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Brandon Seiler is a bonafide car guy, member of the Northwest Auto Press Association and proud Washingtonian. He covers the latest auto news, technology, and pretty much anything having to do with car culture. You don't have to like cars to read his blogs, you just have to be able to read.

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