The biggest loser
Powerstar is on a power diet
Iveco’s Australian engineers balanced these demands when working on their new Powerstar 6400.
They were able to cut a remarkable 800kg from the existing truck, which is actually not that far off the complete weight of some of the lightest roadsters.
Engineers working on the lean Powerstar cut 400kg by revising the suspension and axles alone.
‘‘ We took weight out of the engine bay, chassis rails, crossmembers. There are no foglights, that saves 1.5kg for each one,’’ says Iveco application engineer Christian Andel.
‘‘ There is new suspension. We used lightweight components such as aluminium,’’ he says. ‘‘ By cutting a total of 800kg, the customer can carry an extra 800kg of cargo. It might save him a trip back to the depot.’’
The end result is a truck that weighs just 7500kg and has a total weight (the truck, trailer and the load) figure of 50 tonnes. Iveco also cut some cost out of the truck at the same time, although it doesn’t provide list prices. ‘‘ It doesn’t usually work that way. Usually, if you want something light, the cost goes up,’’ Andel says.
The Powerstar 6400 comes with a 336kW (450hp) or 373kW (500hp) 13.0-litre Cursor engine hooked to a 12-speed or 16-speed ZF ASTronic automated manual.
An 18-speed Roadranger manual is also available.
Tare away: Iveco’s Powerstar 6400 is