LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Volvo Trucks is boosting peak torque in its 13-liter D13 engine with the introduction of a 500 horsepower, 1,850 lb.-ft. torque engine rating.
The engine is suited for linehaul, heavyhaul and on- and off-highway vocational applications. The added torque is aimed at providing better gradability in demanding mountainous terrains and to improve startability in heavy-haul and off-road vocational applications.
The new rating will be available for order on all Volvo VNM, VNL, VAH and VHD models beginning in the third quarter of 2013. Previous peak torque across Volvo’s product lineup was 1,750 lb.-ft.
Volvo’s 500 horsepower, 1,850 lb.-ft. torque engine is an Eco-Torque rating, which allows the truck to accelerate normally through all bottom gears. In the top two gears, where most of the fuel is traditionally consumed, the engine defaults to the lower torque curve, helping save fuel. The higher torque is available on demand.