MAN flagship makes Australian debut


New 15-litre MAN TGX-D38 appears at Brisbane Truck Show

 

The new MAN TGX-D38 prime mover has made its first appearance in Australia ahead of its official release here in late 2015.

MAN says the flagship of its fleet has been optimised for Australian long distance B-Double and heavy duty applications, with factory supported local research and development input.

The big new MAN is one of the stars of the 2015 Brisbane Truck Show, just seven months after its world launch at the IAA Trade Fair in Hanover, Germany.

"The new MAN TGX-D38 boasts a raft of new technologies, outstanding performance, a new level of driving dynamics and comfort, along with low ownership costs," says Mark Mello, general manager, MAN Truck and Bus Australia.

"European trucks are designed and built to relentlessly ply long distances across many terrains in all weather conditions. We believe these qualities stand us in good stead for operators requiring B-Double and heavy duty applications in Australia."

Featuring what MAN says are a number of technical firsts, the 15.2 litre six cylinder engine produces 560hp (411 kW) and 1991 ft-lb (2700 Nm) of torque.

MAN says the Euro 6 compliant engine consumes up to three percent less fuel than an equivalent 540hp Euro 5 engine, due to its high-pressure common rail fuel system that injects fuel into the cylinders at up to 2500 bar, "resulting in finer atomisation and lower particulate levels".

Other emissions-reducing technologies include a diesel particulate filter, selective catalytic reduction with AdBlue injection, plus a combination of cooled, external high-pressure exhaust gas recirculation  and a CRT closed particulate filter system.

An interesting engine characteristic is the lower RPM torque delivery, from 930 to 1350 rpm.

MAN says the new engine is one of the lightest in its class, weighing 160 kg less than its V8 predecessor thanks to its aluminium flywheel housing, lightweight compacted graphite iron engine block and cylinder head, plastic sump and rocker cover.

"The comprehensive use of lightweight, high-strength materials throughout has resulted in tare weight advantages against its competitors," says MAN.

"Operators will reap the benefits of lower running costs thanks to the commonality of parts with the D20/D26 engines currently in use throughout Australia, and oil drain intervals of up to 100,000 kms."

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