The OXE Diesel outboard is based on the 2.0-liter diesel engine made in the Opel plant in Kaiserslautern, Germany that normally propels the Cascada, Insignia and Zafira models. Opel recently published a press release about their cooperation with Cimco and how it resulted in the world's first high power diesel outboard - OXE Diesel.
“The Opel engine was chosen as it is a ‘masterpiece’ of engineering and well proven over hundreds of millions of miles. The need to change from petrol to diesel was seen as necessary to reduce any fire hazards, provide a longer and more reliable product life with longer service intervals for heavy commercial use, a greater range per hour at full throttle and the increased geographical availability of diesel”, explained Magnus Folin, CEO of Cimco Marine.
Cimco also adapted the inline four-cylinder engine from Opel for use in rough seas. The engine now has a dry-sump system to guarantee oil supply no matter what the conditions. A patented belt propulsor unit transfers engine power through the drivetrain to the propeller, which can withstand the high torque of the turbo diesel.
Read the full press release