Vanguard™ 16.0 Gross HP*

Each engine is design-engineered to dependably take on the most demanding commercial applications. As the lightest and most compact V-Twins among leading brands, the Vanguard™ “small blocks” feature a number of advanced technologies and integrated components to put more power in a smaller space.

Typical Applications Include: Golf and Turf Equipment, Commercial Mowers, Power Packs & Generators.

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Product Details

V-Twin OHV Technology

Superior balance, low vibration, lower emissions, improved valve life, better fuel economy and higher HP/Weight

Cooler Cleaner Technology (efficient fan, improved debris management)

Efficiently reduces engine and oil temperatures by 25-30 degrees while effectively managing airborne debris

Dura-Bore Cast Iron Cylinder Sleeve

Withstands wear while providing improved oil control

Engine Warranty**

Three year commercial engine warranty for all applications

Full Pressure Lubrication w/ Spin-On Oil Filter

Cleans oil and protects engine components to ensure maximum lubrication and long life

Centrally Located Oil Pump and Pickup

Faster priming and allows for a higher angle of operation

Oil Cooler

Reduces oil temperature, improves lubrication, and extends oil change intervals

High Efficiency Head Design

Angled ports optimizes tumble and mixture preparation for improved efficiency, smoother idle, lower emissions and more power

Light Weight Piston & Ring Package

Lowers noise, vibration, oil consumption, emissions and wear

Dynamically Balanced Crankshaft

Minimizes engine noise and vibration

Low Profile Dual-Clean™ Air Cleaner

Industrial Pleated paper with foam pre-cleaner for extended engine life

Mechanical Compression Release

Smooth easy starting, longer starter life and provides an instant return to maximum power

Magnetron® Electronic Ignition

Quick dependable starts with no maintenance required

Poly-Core Blower Housing

Lowers noise level and improves sound quality

*All power levels are stated horsepower per SAE J1940 as rated by Briggs & Stratton.

Vanguard™ 16.0 Gross HP*
HP (gross) * 16.0
Engine Displacement (cc) 479
Engine Configuration Horizontal
Bore (in) 2.68
Stroke (in) 2.60
Weight (lbs) 72
Oil Capacity (oz) 48.0
Compression Ratio 8.2:1
Air Cleaner Low Profile Dual-Clean™ Air Cleaner
Ignition System Magnetron® Electronic Ignition
Lubrication System Full Pressure Lubrication with Spin-On Oil Filter
Length (in) 10.98
Width (in) 16.14
Height (in) 17.24
Warranty ** 3 Year Limited
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*All power levels are stated horsepower per SAE J1940 as rated by Briggs & Stratton.
**See operator's manual or dealer for complete warranty details.

Solenoid Shift Starter
Key Switch
Alternators (20 & 20-50 amp)
Oil Cooler
Oil Pressure Switch
Straight Keyed & Tapered Cranks (1" & 1-1/8" Diameters)
Flywheel Stub Shaft
Integrated Fuel Tank
Cyclonic Air Cleaner
High, Low and Side Mount Mufflers
CARB Compliant Purge Ports
CARB Compliant 6.95 qt. Fuel Tank (H/S Only)