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Volvo to launch its most powerful on-highway truck

Volvo Trucks has taken the wraps off the highest horsepower FH16 it has offered in Australia to date.

Volvo Trucks Australia has now announced that the entire D17 power train offering with power options up to and including 780hp will be launched locally from mid-2024, making the new FH16 “Australia’s most powerful on-highway truck”.

The powerful new D17 engine was launched in Sweden to much acclaim in January 2024 with a new range of horsepower ratings stretching from 600hp to 780hp.

Along with the added power ratings for Australia, the updated FH16 also sees a significant jump in torque.

The 600hp variant now offers 3000Nm of torque, while the 700hp offers 3400Nm, and the range-topping 780hp option brings 3800Nm to bear.

The 17-litre, Euro 6 powerplant shares the same basic architecture as the 16-litre engine it replaces with the extra capacity resulting from an increase in cylinder bore.

In pursuit of efficiency and cleaner operation, the engine also features a new fuel injection system, low friction cylinder liners as well as wave top pistons to ensure optimised combustion.

All power ratings are HVO (hydrotreated vegetable oil) compatible.

“A world of possibilities has been built into this engine platform,” said Shayne Commons, director of product and Pperformance, Volvo Group Australia.

“Highly efficient drive trains capable of using alternative fuels will be a key part of our path to net zero emissions.”

“More power gives us the option of gearing our trucks for more efficiency on highway, more torque means less gear changes and more top gear time.”

Commons said driver feedback so far has been overwhelmingly positive, especially in regard to holding road speed in undulating terrain.

“Drivers will want to drive this FH16.”

The new FH16 and D17 engine will be available to order for Australian customers from July 2024.

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