Scania pulls covers off its upgraded 540hp engine

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Scania pulls covers off its upgraded 540hp engine
Scania's new 540hp, six-cylinder, 13-litre engine


Scania Australia is pitching its new six-cylinder, 13-litre Euro 6 engine at inter- and intrastate haulage operators.

The new 540hp (403kW) engine delivers 2,700Nm between 1,000 and 1,300rpm.

Fitted in the G 500 and R 500, it now adds 40 extra horsepower and 150 Nm of additional torque.

It is offered in the G-series mid-size, and the R-series full-size cabs, augmenting the six-cylinder engine range that was previously topped out with the 500hp (373kW)/2,550 Nm variant.

The 540hp engine features Scania XPI fuel injection and a new ball-bearing fixed geometry turbocharger to help reach the new elevated output.

It is mated to a Scania GRSO905R overdrive 14-speed gearbox, with ratios selected via the Scania fully automated Opticruise gearshift, and braking is assisted by the Scania R3500 retarder.

"Scania is very pleased to add the 540hp engine to the very successful six-cylinder 13-litre engine range," Scania Australia director of truck sales Dean Dal Santo says.

"Since launch in Australia, the R 500 and G500 variants have been among our most popular as they offer an excellent mix of performance and economy.

"Scania continues to provide greater torque than its rivals at identical horsepower outputs and the new 540 is no different, giving our customers an advantage in terms of driveability and fuel efficiency.

"The additional power, and particularly torque will be welcomed by operators who have wanted to access a bit more grunt for B-double work at higher weights for intra- and interstate work, or while traversing hilly terrain, without reverting to our famous Scania V8 engine.

"The 540 provides a reduced front axle weight compared with the 520 V8, allowing for more loading flexibility.

"The Scania 540 engine has proven itself in many Scania global markets for some time, offering reliable, durable and efficient performance.

"Early reports from the first trucks delivered in Australia show exceptional fuel burn, delighting our customers.

"When matched with one of Scania’s flexible maintenance plans, the new 540 makes for an irresistible package for any sized fleet."

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The trucks are also fitted with a cooling package for hilly terrain and heavy loads.

As with all New Truck Generation Scania trucks sold in Australia, the new G 540 and R 540 are fitted with a high-level active and passive safety systems, including side curtain airbags as standard.

Further safety features include driver and passenger seat belt pretensioners, driver steering wheel air bag, electronic stabiliser program (ESP), lane departure warning (LDW), advanced emergency braking (AEB), and adaptive cruise control (ACC), auto hill hold, and auto headlights.

An electro-pneumatic parking brake is fitted to the G 540.

Fuel tank packages up to 1,00 litres are available, along with 105 litres of AdBlue.

The 540-powered R- and G-series cabs have been specified for this market with a high level of standard equipment and features, including DuraBright aluminium wheels.


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