Weight loss no power hit
Volvo has added a smaller engine, writes GRAHAMSMITH
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.