Scania has revealed a new range of biofuel-compatible V8 diesel engines with record power levels and fuel efficiency improvements of more than six per cent in conjunction with the company’s new G33 gearbox. Including more than 70 new parts, the engines offer reduced internal friction, increased compression ratios, improved after treatment systems and a new engine management system to improve fuel economy.
While development of future electrified powertrain is crucial, Scania asserts that the internal combustion engine still plays a vital role in the commercial vehicle industry.
Alexander Vlaskamp, executive vice president, head of sales and marketing, said, “While shifting to fossil-free transport, we all must do everything to improve our current solutions. A typical long-distance truck in Europe covers around 150,000km per year. A reasonable saving on markets where longer and heavier combinations are permitted can be around 3,000 to 4,000 litres annually for a truck with our new V8 – a tremendous achievement in every respect.”
Scania’s new headline engine is a 770bhp V8 with 3700Nm of torque, which the company claimed is “probably” the most powerful, factory-built production engine available.
Concluding, Vlaskamp added, “We see a growing a demand for trucks capable of handling GTWs of 60 tonnes and above, especially for road-going combinations. The fastest way to increase transport efficiency is with longer and heavier truck combinations. The added fuel for a heavier vehicle is compensated by the greater payload capacity. The CO2-per-tonne calculation is favourable, and in addition there is the opportunity to run your Scania V8 truck on renewable biofuels.”