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Volvo FH16 700 Debuts As Most Powerful Truck In The World

Posted in Trucks, Videos, Volvo by Suzanne Denbow | January 8th, 2009 | 7 Responses |

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)


Volvo Trucks

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.

Prestigious powerplant
“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

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7 Responses

  1. Rock517 says:

    BUT…how many airbags does it have? Not much of a crumple zone up front. What about blind spot detectors? Volvo is slipping in the safety department.

  2. Sofar says:

    @rock517: They’re going back to how they used to do safety, make it an enormous tank that can smarsh any obstacle/opponents.

  3. There is not one Volvo company, but two. Volvo automotive is owned by Ford; resultant of an, back in 1999.

    Volvo Group AB makes trucks, heavy equipment and engines for marine use. Volvo Group AB makes Volvo trucks and owns Mack Trucks.

    Volvo automotive was once part of the Volvo Group, but no more. So it is not a question of going back to “an enormous tank that can smash any obstacle/opponents.”

    That all said, in 2007, Volvo Group AB introduced introduced two hybrid dump trucks – diesel/electric, using ultracapacitors, instead of batteries – based on the 2007 Mack model MP-7.

    The 11 liter diesel engine in the MP-7, and the hybrids, produced 365 horsepower within 1,500 to 1,900 rpm. The real news was that the electric motor could produce a whopping 590 lb.ft of torque at peak output, with 295 lb.ft of continuous power.

    Why is the real news? Well, because Volvo Group AB claimed 35 percent fuel savings for one. And if you like cleaner air in the cities where people live, in city use, much of the operation was based solely on the electric motor.

    The two trucks Volvo – Volvo Group AB – were on their way for field testing at a U.S. Air Force base in Nevada. After seeing them in Washington D.C., lost track of them myself. But information might be out there. I took Volvo at their word on mileage.

    What I want to see is a hybrid version of the Volvo FH-16. There’d be enough torque there to pull entire trees out of the ground – if one needed to do that.

  4. …acquisition in 1999 by Ford. Acquisition was missing in last post by yours truly.

  5. prise says:

    how much is the prise of Volvo FH16..
    where can i see the prise ?thanks

  6. marven abou rjaily says:

    realy realy no comment its a beautiful truck i like t tooooooooooo mush