New | C12 High Performance Marine Propulsion Engine

Cat® C12 Diesel Marine Propulsion Engines, with ratings of 578-609 mhp (570-600 bhp) at 2300 rpm, meet IMO I emission standards. The C12 takes full advantage of the electronically controlled unit injection fuel system, resulting in an environmentally friendly engine with outstanding performance and fuel economy. There is also a wide range of optional equipment available to meet the needs of your marine commercial or pleasure craft application.

Power Range578-609 mhp (570-600 bhp)
Speed Range2300 rpm
ConfigurationIn-line 6, 4-Stroke-Cycle Diesel
Bore5.1 in
Stroke5.9 in
Displacement732.0 in3
Rotation (from flywheel end)Counterclockwise
EmissionsIMO I
Dimensions & Weights
Length62.0 in
Height39.5 in
Width38.1 in
Dry Weight2588.0 lb

More Control Inputs And Outputs, Capacity For Additional Features, Additional Monitoring Capabilities, Expansion Capability For Future Enhancements

Adjustment Free Control Of Engine Speed, Customer Defined Operating Characteristics, Protection And Warning System, Optional Display Systems Available

The Electronic Control System Has Additional Capacity For Future Enhancements To Ensure A Long Useful Engine Life

Provides A Smoother Passage For Improved Exhaust Gas Flow To The Turbocharger Which Leads To More Usable Energy And Lower Exhaust Temperatures.

The C12 Has The Same Physical Size, Same Footprint, And The Same Connection Points As The 3196 Engine As Well The Same Optional Attachments.

Caterpillar Offers Several “plug And Play” Monitoring Systems Which Display Everything From The Basic Engine Operating Parameters To Engine Load Factor And Trip Totals. Ask Your Local Caterpillar Dealer For Additional Information On Our Marine Power Display (mpd), Marine Analog Power Display (mapd), And Our Engine Vision Display (evd).

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C-12 Marine Propulsion Engines Used In Commercial Applications Are Covered For 12 Months From The Date Of Delivery To The End User. Engines Used In Non-revenue Producing Pleasure Craft Applications Are Covered For 24 Months, Unlimited Hours, From The Date Of Delivery. Concurrently, Specific Engine Components Are Covered For 60 Months, Unlimited Hours, From The Date Of Delivery To The End User.

Optional Engine Protection Coverage For Up To 60 Months From Date Of Delivery May Be Purchased Through Your Local Caterpillar Dealer.

Air Inlet System
  • Aftercooler - sea water; corrosion resistant, Air Cleaner/Fumes Disposal (closed system), Turbocharger, Jacket Water Cooled
Control System
  • Electronic governing, Cold mode start strategy, Power compensation for fuel temperature, Programmable low idle, Electronic diagnostics and fault logging, Engine and transmission monitoring (speed, temperature, pressure), Fuel/air ratio control, Emergency stop switch (A&B ratings only)
Cooling System
  • Thermostat and housing, Jacket water pump; gear driven, Sea water pump; rubber impeller; self-priming; gear-driven, Integral heat exhanger/expansion tank; removable tube bundle; replaceable copper-nickel tubes, Keel cooling - combined circuit (includes pipe thread flange kit)
Exhaust System
  • Watercooled Manifold & Turbocharger
Flywheels & Flywheel Housings
  • Flywheel; SAE No. 1; 113 teeth, Flywheel housing; SAE No. 1 (10 degree slant pad), SAE standard rotation
Fuel System
  • Fuel filer; RH service on Port; LH service on Starboard, Fuel transfer pump, Fuel priming pump, Flexible fuel lines
  • Service meter, electric
Lube System
  • Crankcase breather, Oil cooler, Oil filter; spin-on; RH service on Port; LH service on Starboard, Oil filler, Dipstick; RH service on Port; LH service on Starboard, Oil pump; gear driven
Mounting System
  • Front support
Power Take-Offs
  • Hydraulic pump drive; SAE A; 11 tooth spline, 57 ft-lbs max torque; counterclockwise as viewed from the rear of hte engine looking into the pump drive and turns 1.41 x engine speed, Crankshaft pulley; 345 mm (13.6 in) single groove; 15.88 mm (.63in) width
Protection System
  • Shutdown; electronic; 12 or 24 volt; energized to run
  • Vibration damper, Lifting eyes, RH or LH service options, Literature, Variable engine wiring, Upper rear-facing customer wiring connector and ECAP connection, Electronic installation kit (connectors, pins, sockets)



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