Fast and fuel efficient, thanks to the space saving benefits of sterndrives the Bavaria R40 packs a lot into 40 foot

Product Overview

Bavaria R40



  • Good top speed of 36 knots
  • Side door is transformative
  • Very good headroom and berth sizes
  • Fuel efficient sterndrives
  • Impressive choice on extras list
  • Easy and safe to move around


  • Poor engineroom (on prototype)
  • Under power, flybridge numbers are restricted to five


Bavaria R40 review


Price as reviewed:

£400,000.00 (approx.)

Handling & performance

A top speed of 36 knots and impressive fuel efficiency are the other benefits of Bavaria’s decision to opt for Volvo’s slippery D6 370hp sterndrives.

Of course, those sterndrives dish up a ride that is livelier than a similar shaft drive boat – even a shade more lively than a pod drive boat like the rival Prestige 420.

Bavaria R40 flybridge

The flybridge sports generous seating, an excellent dash, and a neatly concealed bimini

However, in the undemanding test conditions we experienced (a modest chop with a long underlying swell a metre high at worst) the handling was never wayward or unpredictable, just more sporty.

When it comes to the driving positions, both helm areas have been well thought out and in general the drivers’ lot is very good indeed.

You can read the full report on the Bavaria R40 in the August 2016 issue of MBY.

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Using sterndrives on a 40ft flybridge boat produces a cruiser that just might be just a shade too lively for some. But for those at home with the R40’s sporty nature, a good top speed, impressive fuel efficiency and excellent accommodation are the rewards


Length overall:41ft 11in (12.78m)
Beam:13ft 1in (3.99m)
Fuel capacity:198 imp gal (900 litres)
Water capacity:198 imp gal (900 litres)
Fuel capacity:76 imp gal (348 litres)
Draught:3ft 7in (1.08m)
RCD:B (12 people)
Displacement:9.6 tonnes
Test engines:Twin Volvo D6 370hp
Top speed:36.1 knots
Cruising speed:27-33 knots
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