Scania WA Regional Executive Manager, Michael Berti, handed the keys to the very first of the limited edition 50th anniversary Scania V8 prime movers to Matic Group owner, Danny Matic, last month.
The 50th Anniversary trucks mark the half century of V8 power for Scania with a limited run of 50 celebratory trucks for Australia.
“I was on a visit to Sweden last year and I saw the 50th Anniversary truck and I decided then that I would have one,” said Matic – adding that the truck, rated at 145 tonnes, will be used by his Resources Division to haul a 100-tonne heavy haulage float carting machinery to to Pilbara out of Perth. “One of my Scania R 620 V8 drivers will be driving it. He’s a convert from American trucks and is very excited to be getting into the new R 650.”
Berti said handing over one of the 50th anniversary trucks was a great way to end Q1.
“Danny has around 20 Scanias on his fleet now across a range of applications and this new truck is an absolute standout," he said. "The special black and gold Matic Resources livery completes this truck and perfectly matches the limited-edition graphics, black rims and the bull bar. This is one tough looking unit.”
The limited-edition trucks, according to the manufacturer, are all finished in Ghost White paint with gold V8 detailing and 50th anniversary decals. There are high gloss Ebony Black rims and matching black wheel arch trims and chassis highlights to enhance the look of the New Truck Generation R-series cab.
Inside, the anniversary trucks feature a premium leather-lined cab designed for comfort, safety and 'quietness'.
Further special features include a numbered plaque signed by both Scania Australia Managing Director Mikael Jansson and Sales Director Dean Dal Santo, identifying the vehicle as being an anniversary special.
There are premium black leather-clad heated seats complete with red stitching and a flat-bottomed red-stitched V8 steering wheel, electric glass roof hatch, factory cab cooler integrated into the cab ventilation system and a premium sound system with upgraded speakers and subwoofers.
“The Scania 50th Anniversary Edition recognises the huge role the V8 engine has played in the consistent growth of Scania as the brand that delivers high horsepower with low revs and low fuel consumption,” said Dal Santo.
“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.
“The special edition R 650 has been specified with Australian customers in mind and will provide an eye-catching hero to any fleet," he said.
The 650 hp engine is reportedly one of the latest high-technology engines Scania has introduced with the New Truck Generation. In addition to producing peak torque of 3300 Nm (300 Nm more than the 620 hp version), the new generation 650 hp is Euro 6 compliant and delivers impressive fuel efficiency.
"The new generation 16.4-litre V8 family is built on many of the successful features sourced from previous generation V8 engines: out of approximately 650 components that make up the entire engine, 200 are completely new," Scania Australia said in a statement. "Trucks powered by the V8 engine account for around half of the more than 1,000 Scania trucks sold in Australia each year, making Australia one of the more important global markets for the V8 range."
Danny Matic hasn’t come along a typical pathway to road transport. In his homeland of Croatia, he is a well-known singer but his Perth-based business Matic Transport has bought him success of a different kind.
(Main image L-R: Matic Group owner, Danny Matic, and Scania WA Regional Executive Manager, Michael Berti.)