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Detroit Diesel Takes Wraps Off DD16

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Detroit Diesel introduced what it's dubbing its most powerful and robust engine at the Mid-America Trucking Show.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Detroit Diesel introduced what it’s dubbing its most powerful and robust engine at the Mid-America Trucking Show.

The DD16 will be available in 2010 with Daimler’s BlueTec emissions technology utilizing selective catalytic reduction (SCR), the company announced.

The new offering displaces 15.6 litres and will be marketed to owner/operators and companies involved in heavy-haul applications, as well as small fleets.

Like the DD15, the new engine will feature turbo compounding, which captures previously wasted exhaust gas energy and converts it to useful power, according to the company. The DD16 will be offered with between 475 and 600 hp with torque ratings ranging from 1,750 to 2,050 lb.-ft.

“The DD16 is ideal for small fleets and owner/operators who demand more from their engines than ever available before from Detroit Diesel,” said David Siler, director of marketing for Detroit Diesel. “We’re confident that the DD16 will exceed expectations in even the most extreme applications.”

Detroit Diesel says its newest engine will boast a long, flat torque curve peaking at 1,100 RPM to provide excellent pulling power on steep grades.

“Extreme environments such as mountains and coal mines can take a major toll on engines,” said Admir Kreso, director, HDEP Engineering for Detroit Diesel. “The DD16 not only excels in these conditions, but in long-haul applications it boasts durability already proven by the DD15 engine.”

Because of its ability to handle rigorous applications, the engine will be a good fit for Western Star trucks, according to the company. It will offer it in the 4900 Series in March, 2010 and the 6900 in July, 2010.

“The powerful DD16 will provide Western Star customers with yet another engine choice to tackle the most challenging jobs in the most extreme environments,” said Richard Shearing, senior manager of product strategy for Western Star. “Not only does the DD16 feature superior durability that will result in less engine wear-and-tear, it’s backed by Detroit Diesel’s proven engine technology.”

Freightliner trucks will be available with the DD16 beginning in March, 2010.

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