The big­gest loser

Pow­er­star is on a power diet

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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

800kg lighter

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