Today, Volvo Trucks debuted the newest generation of their flagship big rig, the FH16, and simultaneously earned the right to boast ownership of the most powerful truck in the world. Powered by a 16-liter 6-cylinder D16G engine, the Volvo FH16 700 puts out an astounding 700-horsepower and 3150 Nm (2323 lb-ft) of torque. Surprisingly enough, the FH16 700’s enormous engine capacity does not immediately translate into poor gas mileage, and the FH16 700 is in full compliance with all Euro5 emissions standards. For those girly men who don’t feel as though they “need” 700-horsepower, the Volvo FH16 is also offered with two less-powerful variants capable of producing 540hp and 2650 Nm (1956 lb-ft) of torque, or 600hp 2,800Nm (2065 lb-ft) of torque, respectively.
To see the brute strength of the FH16 700 for yourself, hit the jump and check out video footage of the monster FH16 700 in action (as well as what sounds like a Moby remix of some kind – because, you know, truckers are notoriously ardent fans of dance club music)
Premiere for the most powerful truck in the world January 7 is a historic day for all truck enthusiasts. Today is the day Volvo Trucks is launching the world’s most powerful series-manufactured truck. The Volvo FH16 with 700 hp and 3150 Nm of torque.
Volvo Trucks is the first manufacturer in the world to be able to put a 700 hp badge on its vehicles. The truck model in question is the company’s flagship, the Volvo FH16, which to date has had a maximum power output of 660 hp.
“The Volvo FH16 is intended for the very heaviest and most demanding of transport operations. It is also a highly prestigious truck for the customer who is looking for something truly out of the ordinary. And with 700 hp, the Volvo FH16 sets itself apart from everything else in the industry,” says Staffan Jufors, President and CEO of Volvo Trucks.
Competitive fuel consumption
With higher power, one might well expect that fuel consumption would head in the same direction, but that is not the case.
“Our aim is to have both the best performance and the best fuel economy in the segment. We have succeeded in keeping fuel consumption the same as before despite the power increase. In a comparison with the competition, we are doing very well indeed,” reveals Staffan Jufors.
Lower environmental impact
The Volvo FH16 is certified for the new Euro 5 European emission requirements that come into force in autumn 2009, which means that emissions of nitrogen oxide have been cut by more than 40 percent. In other words, the Volvo FH16 has become even more powerful but without compromising on the environment. In addition to the 700 hp version the Volvo FH16 is also available in variants producing 540 and 600 hp respectively.
January 7, 2009