BMW returns to the boat with OXE diesel outboards


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BMW Group puts its nose back into the boating business. The first step was to work with Oxe Marine to marinize the twin-turbo 3-liter 6-cylinder for use in the OXE300. This also led to the co-branding of the model. After this achievement, a preliminary agreement was reached for the study and development of a new diesel outboard. The goal? To evaluate whether the 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbodiesel engine can become the basis of the next OXE200. And meanwhile, the two brands are working on co-branding the OXE 300.

BMW and OXE: diesel outboards on the way?

Diesel outboards are designed to have torque, lots of torque. The Company’s current OXE200 series uses GM’s 2-liter 4-cylinder turbodiesel engine that produces 200 hp at the propeller while delivering 415 Nm of torque. This solution is now reaching the end of its life cycle, and the company is evaluating options for the next generation of OXE200 diesel outboards. If 2021 for now turns out to be “covered” for after OXE Marine is looking around. And meanwhile, a real possibility has arisen that BMW’s 2.0-liter 4-cylinder turbocharged engine will also have a marine application, in the form of an outboard.

After a preliminary development agreement (“PDA”) is signed, the feasibility and whether this engine will be able to meet the company’s requirements will be evaluated. Specifically to produce 200 hp at the propeller and 400 Nm of torque in particular while meeting all emission standards.

Meanwhile, the OXE300 diesel outboard is a bit of a BMW

Collaboration with BMW Group to marinize the twin-turbo 3-liter 6-cylinder in the OXE300 led to the co-branding of the model. “Powerful, reliable and durable,” is the motto of the OXE-BMW diesel outboards, which will in fact also have the logos of the German manufacturer on the grille. On the other hand, BMW’s media hype and marketing expertise could also prove to be an important weapon in reaching a wide audience.


“I am very pleased with our cooperation with the BMW Group,” said Myron Mahendra, CEO, OXE Marine AB-. Regarding the OXE300 Bison project. They set the example of an ideal collaboration partner, providing all the resources and support needed to make not only product development a success, but also assisting with production standards and promoting the product from a sales and marketing perspective.”


“OXE Marine offers the BMW Group an opportunity to re-enter the marine business, explains Uwe Breitweg, Vice President BMW Powertrain Systems Business Customers. After several years of absence. So we decided to take up the challenge and support this outstanding development project, turning a 6-cylinder BMW car diesel engine into an outboard engine. It turned out to be a very professional collaboration with OXE Marine in all respects, with a unique product, especially as the state-of-the-art BMW-Diesel technology helps to significantly reduce the CO2 footprint of outboard engines. Therefore, we look forward to the next challenge using the 4-cylinder diesel engine as the basis for the OXE200.”



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