Weight loss no power hit

Volvo has added a smaller en­gine, writes GRAHAMSMITH

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Big Wheels -

ANEW 11-litre en­gine in Volvo’s FM prime-mover mod­els will find favour with op­er­a­tors need­ing to save weight without los­ing per­for­mance or fuel econ­omy.

The new D11 is 140kg lighter than the larger 13-litre D13. It in­creases the truck’s over­all load ef­fi­ciency without af­fect­ing per­for­mance.

The D11 meets Euro 4 and Euro 5 with the aid of SCR ex­haust-gas treat­ment and comes in two vari­ants: 290kW and 1880Nm; and 302kW and 2100Nm.

The en­gine achieves its best econ­omy be­tween 1050 and 1500 revs. Ninety-five per cent of its max­i­mum torque is on tap in this range.

‘‘The 11-litre en­gine is ex­cep­tion­ally strong and a joy to drive,’’ Mats Franzen, the en­gine man­ager at Volvo’s prod­uct strat­egy and plan­ning depart­ment, says. ‘‘What’s more, we’ve com­bined it with our au­to­mated I-Shift gear­box, which is both comfortable to drive and fu­el­ef­fi­cient.’’

The Volvo FM with the 11-litre en­gine is avail­able as ei­ther a 4x2 or 6x2 primem­o­ver and has a GCM of 40-tonne. It has the same up­graded de­sign as the rest of the FM range, with new head­lamps, sun vi­sors and a Glo­be­trot­ter sign.

In­side, the cab has been com­pletely re­designed to pro­vide greater safety for the driver and more flex­i­ble stor­age.

Low en­trance steps make it eas­ier to en­ter and exit the cab, some­thing driv­ers have to do many times a day.

Lighter op­tion: the Volvo FM now comes with a 11-litre model for con­ser­va­tive op­er­a­tors.

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