Two years af­ter MAN brought us the 560hp 15-litre TGX D38, the brand has re­leased the new XXL cab, a big-cab op­tion with more than 600hp on tap

Australian Transport News - - CONTENTS - WORDS COBEY B ARTELS Be­low L to R: Kevin Den­nis and Damien Matthews

The ma­jor noise in Euro­pean truck­mak­ing has re­leased the new XXL Cab, a big-cab op­tion with more than 600hp on tap

The MAN XXL cab was un­veiled for ATN at the Penske Com­mer­cial Ve­hi­cles fa­cil­ity in Brisbane on May 30, with the very first be­ing handed over to an ea­ger customer.

Ini­tially, the XXL cab looks much the same, but step in­side and you’d need to be seven-foot tall to have head­room is­sues – this is a true walk-through cab.

The XXL cab of­fers 2,030mm of in-cab height, 210mm more than the XLX cab and 490mm more than the stan­dard XL cab within the TGX range.

A plus for the new model, per­haps even big­ger than the cab it­self, is an in­crease in en­gine power, with the proven D38 now of­fered in Euro 6c 640hp (477kW) guise.

The 640hp vari­ant pro­duces its peak torque of 3,000Nm from a low 930rpm, up 100Nm over the lower-spec 580hp op­tion.

Penske Com­mer­cial Ve­hi­cles manag­ing di­rec­tor Kevin Den­nis says the de­ci­sion to bring the XXL cab to Aus­tralia is one that comes at a time the MAN brand needs a true flag­ship model.

“I’ve al­ways be­lieved ev­ery brand should have a flag­ship truck and on the Western Star side we have the 6900,” Den­nis says. “The XXL cab is that flag­ship that we need for the MAN brand and 640hp makes us very com­pet­i­tive in terms of the power

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