First drive with Kenworth Paccar MX-13 engine

Kenworth has given selected customers, dealers and invited media the opportunity to test drive the first Kenworth prime movers equipped with the European Paccar MX-13 engine at the Mt Cotton Training Centre in Queensland.

Brad May, Paccar Australia Product Development Manager, told CRTNews that more than 800 of the engines have been in service in DAF trucks in this country since their introduction here in 2007, and that the project to install the engines into the local product commenced in September 2012.

Brad stressed that this week’s drive event was not a launch and that a significant amount of further testing is planned. “We are currently in the middle of the development program and no completion date has been set for a trial,” he said.

“It will be launched when the program is finished. It’s not about the testing of the engines; it’s more about testing and refining the installation.”

Paccar engineers indicated that a number of relatively minor changes were required for the European 13-litre engines to be able to be installed into the Australian manufactured conventional cab Kenworths. This involved items such as revised castings for engine mounts and the relocation of the fuel filters as well as a revised method of permitting direct-to-sump oil filling. The result is that the engine seems quite at home between the Kenworth fame rails and service access in unimpeded.

These are also the first Kenworths to be constructed with a full 24 volt electrical system in what has been traditionally a 12 volt product.

The vehicles available to be driven at the event included both manual and AMT equipped Kenworth T403 and T409 (including a T409SAR) in single and B-double trailer configurations. 


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