Fuso unleashes 510hp Shogun on Australian market

The newly released beefed-up Shogun claims new torque record for the Japanese HD class here


Fuso Australia has reported pleasing interest in its heavy-duty Shogun 510 as it marks the vehicle’s official launch today.

Along with claiming the position of most powerful Euro 6 Japanese heavy-duty truck available in this country, the make pointed to more than 50 orders placed up to now.

It puts the interest down to the truck being specially developed for Australia and its 510hp (380kW) Daimler-sourced 13-litre engine mustering 2,500Nm of torque.

Fuso insists the new Shogun’s Euro 6 rating and claimed proven fuel efficiency are "big pluses for fleets with an interest in emission reduction", given it is designed for metro and intrastate transport.


The Shogun 510 was developed following a request from Daimler Truck and Bus Australia Pacific, its president and CEO, Daniel Whitehead said.

"We pushed hard to get the 13-litre engine into the Shogun for our market because our customers made it clear they wanted a Japanese heavy-duty truck with serious performance," Whitehead added.

"We’re glad it has joined the line-up because the Shogun 510 is the perfect example of how the global strength and engineering might of Daimler Trucks gives our Australian customers a real competitive advantage."

The 510’s 13-litre Daimler OM471 six-cylinder engine hits its maximum power output at 1,600rpm while its maximum torque of 2,500Nm is available from just 1100rpm.

Optimal drivability is assured with 86 per cent of maximum torque available from just 800rpm, while 84 per cent of maximum torque is still available at 1700rpm.

The OM471 six-cylinder features an asymmetric turbocharger and the latest generation common rail system with variable pressure boosting for ultimate fuel efficiency.

A 12-speed fully automated transmission (AMT) features the EcoRoll system, while a powerful three-stage engine braking system gives the driver more control.

The 510hp Euro 6 engine puts out 2,500Nm of torque.

Fuso noted that its engineers had carried out extensive testing throughout the development process, including an outback Australian test of an initial prototype in 2017.

"Extensive hot weather durability testing was also carried out in South Africa and a final production-ready test was undertaken in Australia and New Zealand," the company said.

The Fuso Shogun is now available with 8-litre, 11-litre and 13-litre engines, with 360, 400, 460 and now 510hp (268, 298, 343 and 380kW ).

Configurations include 6x4 and 4x2 prime movers and tippers and 8x4, 6x4 and 6x2 rigids, including the recently-introduced 14-pallet Shogun 360. There is a mixture of air and steel spring rear suspension options and limited slip differentials (LSD) are available.

 "The introduction of the highly anticipated Shogun 510 means Fuso is now an even stronger contender in the Australian heavy-duty segment," Fuso Truck and Bus Australia director Alex Müller said.

"Fuso has been steadily growing our share of the heavy duty market and the new 510 model, as well as the renewal of the entire Shogun range, will help us attract even more heavy-duty customers.

"It is another example of Fuso delivering practical innovations that help our customers get the job done reliably and safely."

Safety and comfort

The new Shogun range further raises safety levels with new and upgraded safety features that are said to be unmatched by its Japanese heavy duty rivals.

Upgraded advanced emergency braking system (AEBS) technology and an enhanced active attention assist (AAA) system further improve Shogun’s impressive safety credentials.

Read about the confirmation of Fuso's big Shogun engine, here

Rigid Shogun models, with a wheelbase of more than 4300mm, come standard with active sideguard assist.

The latest version of this smart safety system uses a radar to detect a vehicle, cyclist, pedestrian or any physical obstruction on the passenger side blind spot when the truck turning left or moving into a lane to the left and issue a warning.

Fuso said it can now also initiate braking in addition to the warning in order to avoid or mitigate a collision or impact at speeds of up to 15km/h.

Fuso reported that all Shogun models benefit from the latest generation of the AEBS that now uses camera and radar camera technology to provide enhanced pedestrian sensing capability, making it able to completely stop for a moving pedestrian in the event the driver does not respond to an audible warning.

This system is standard on all Shogun models, as is radar adaptive cruise control.

Lane departure warning system (LDWS), a driver airbag, electronic stability program (ESP) and hill start system (HSS) assistance function continue as standard elements of the Shogun safety package.

Also new across the range is intelligent headlight control, which automatically turns on and off the truck’s highbeam function in response to traffic and is standard. Daytime LED running lamps, positioned below the main headlight assembly are now also standard on all new Shogun models.

The ergonomic Shogun interior, complete with its push button start, 7-inch high resolution touch-screen centre display with easy to reach controls carry over unchanged, however the new 510 model gains a premium leather-wrap steering wheel.


Fuso pointed out that its Shogun models feature "class-leading" servicing intervals across the range, helping drive down the cost of ownership. There is the option of popular service plans, which ensure their truck is serviced with genuine parts, by factory-trained technicians across the expansive Fuso network.

The Shogun is also backed by a Fuso manufacturer warranty that covers the truck for five years or 500,000km, whichever comes first.

Fuso adds that customers can also benefit from Daimler Trucks financial options including asset loan, asset hire, finance lease and operating lease as well as a guaranteed buy back program. 

Shogun 510 specifications

Variants: 6x4 Prime mover and 6x4 rigid

Engine: 12.8-litre six-cylinder (OM471)

Emission rating: Euro 6

Performance: 510hp and 2,500Nm

Transmission: 12-speed fully automated transmission (AMT)

GVM: 26,000kg

GCM: 63,000kg

Rear suspension: Air


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