Volvo launches most powerful FH16 in Australia

Volvo Trucks has taken the wraps off the highest horsepower FH16 it has offered in Australia to date.

The new D17 engine was launched in Sweden in January 2024 with a new range of horsepower ratings stretching from 600hp to 780hp.

It since been announced that the entire D17 powertrain offering with power options up to 780hp will be launched locally mid-2024, making the new FH16 Australia’s most powerful on-highway truck.

“A world of possibilities has been built into this engine platform,” said Volvo Group Australia Director of Product and Performance, Shayne Commons.

Along with the added power ratings, the updated FH16 also sees a significant jump in torque.

The 600hp variant now offers 3,000Nm of torque, while the 700hp offers 3,400Nm and the 780hp option brings 3,800Nm.

The 17-litre Euro 6 powerplant shares the same basic architecture as the 16-litre engine it replaces with the extra capacity resulting from an increase in cylinder bore.

In pursuit of efficiency and cleaner operation, the engine also features a new fuel injection system, low friction cylinder liners as well as wave top pistons to ensure optimised combustion.

Power ratings are Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO) compatible, Commons revealed.

“Highly efficient drive trains capable of using alternative fuels will be a key part of our path to net zero emissions,” he said.

“More power gives us the option of gearing our trucks for more efficiency on highway, more torque means less gear changes and more top gear time.

“However, for the person behind the wheel, the performance of the D17 engine in the new FH16 will impress, driver feedback so far has been overwhelmingly positive, especially in regard to holding road speed in undulating terrain.”

The new FH16 and D17 engine will be available to order for Australian customers from July 2024.

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