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Scania releases new commemorative V8

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of its V8 engine, Scania Australia has launched a limited edition truck.

Finished in Ghost White paint with gold V8 detailing, the truck is based on the R 650 V8 6x4 prime mover.

Only 50 will be released to market.

The trucks will feature a premium leather-lined cab and will arrive in Australia for delivery early in 2020.

According to Dean Dal Santo, Director of Truck Sales Scania Australia, the Scania 50th Anniversary Edition recognises the big role the V8 engine has played in the growth of Scania as a brand.

“Scania is the sole supplier of V8 engines for the heavy vehicle market in Australia and our V8 range starts at 520 hp – a figure that would have been all-but unfathomable when the initial 350 hp V8 was launched –  and reaches as high as the flagship 730 hp V8, which is the most powerful on-highway truck you can buy in Australia, complete with 3500 Nm of torque,” he said.

“The special edition R 650 has been specified with Australian customers in mind and will provide an eye-catching hero to any fleet.”

The Ghost White Paint on the Scania 50th Anniversary Edition is finished with contrasting Ebony Black gloss chassis and trim highlights, Ebony Black gloss wheels, ‘50-year’ V8 stripes, V8 decals and hubcaps.

Inside the cab, a numbered plaque identifies the vehicle as being an anniversary special and comes with premium black leather upholstery featuring red stitching and heated seats.

Other features include a flat bottomed red-stitched V8 steering wheel, electric glass roof hatch, electrically-adjustable roof deflector, factory cab cooler integrated into the cab ventilation system and a premium sound system with upgraded speakers and sub woofers.

The 650 hp engine is one of the latest high-technology engines Scania has introduced with the New Truck Generation.

Euro 6 compliant, The new generation 650 hp delivers improved fuel efficiency, in addition to producing peak torque of 3300 Nm (300 Nm more than the 620 hp version).

The new generation 16.4-litre V8 stable is built on many of the successful features sourced from previous generation V8 engines. From the etimated 650 components that make up the entire engine, 200 are completely new.

Trucks powered by the V8 engine account for around half of the more than 1000 Scania trucks sold in Australia each year, making Australia one of the more important markets for the V8 range.

Italy and Norway, thanks to their mountainous terrain, are the biggest customers for Scania V8s overall according to the commercial vehicle manufacturer.

Order books for the Scania 50th Anniversary editions are now open.

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