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Scania introduces a 540hp version of its 13-litre engine

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Scania has added a top-of-the-range 13-litre engine to its range.

The new DC13 166 engine is primarily intended for applications where lots of power and drivability are in demand and where weight sensitivity or limitations such as front-axle loads hinder the use of the manufacturer’s slightly heavier V8 engines which start at 520 hp. The new 540 iteration of the engine shares most of its technology with its 500 hp sibling, including a robust fixed geometry turbo unit with ball bearings instead of journal bearings.

Alexander Vlaskamp, Senior Vice President, Head of Scania Trucks said the manufacturer identified a customer need for a another version of the 13-litre engine. He added: “The powerful 540 is mainly intended for customers and markets where legal aspects regarding front axle loads keep them from choosing a V8.

“But it’s perfect for anyone that needs extra power in their transport operation.  Paired with the relevant gearing, this engine will work equally well for a timber truck or for a ‘tulip express’.

“The improved fuel figures and the power versus weight ratio will make this engine an attractive choice for many Scania customers.  Developing 2700 Nm of torque at just 1000 r/min allows everything from a vehicle specified for high speed cruising while using a low axle ratio to keep engine revs low at top speed, to excellent startability via hub reduction axles in applications such as forestry.”