MAN Engines is now offering a twelve-cylinder 450 kWmech gas engine based on the E32 series. Both the E3262 LE232, for natural gas, and the E3262 LE242, for biogas and other special gases, deliver 450 kWmech at 1,500 rpm (50 Hz). This means that MAN Engines has now bridged the gap in performance between 370 and 550 kWmech, which was previously cov-ered by the earlier E2842 series. For the natural gas variant E3262 LE232, that is 41.3%mech as against 40.2%mech for the E2842 LE322. The E3262 LE242 biogas variant of the new MAN gas engine achieves 41.1%mech, compared with its predeces-sor, the E2842 LE202, which managed 40.2%mech. The possible applications of both gas engines also take in the very wide field of cogeneration for the industrial, commercial, municipal and leisure sectors.