MTU traces its 1909 origins to its original founders, Wilhelm Maybach and his son, Karl. The company built an experimental car in 1919, with the first production model introduced two years later at the Berlin Motor Show. They built engines for Germany’s huge zeppelin airships, then transitioned to yacht engines in the 1930s. The engines have always been a popular choice for sport-fishers thanks to their smooth operation, durability, long service life and reliable operation. While MTU produces engines in lower power ranges, its most popular options are the higher-horsepower V-10, V-12 and V-16 engines. The 8V 2000 M94 engines are rated at 1,250 hp, and there are also two 10-cylinder options, as well as two 12-cylinder engines, producing 1,800 and 1,920 hp, respectively. But the 2,600 hp 16V 2000 M96L remains at the summit of the high-horsepower recreational marine diesel-engine mountain — at least for now.