In a market traditionally dominated by Japanese brands, the Scania 8×2 twin-steer P-Series has always been a strong seller for the Swedish OEM, mostly because its versatility made it well suited to demanding metropolitan and regional distribution work.
The local Australian Scania management has paid close attention to that sentiment and is now offering the cab-over eight-wheeler as a work-ready curtain-sider straight from the showroom.
As the company’s latest ready-to-go model, the P-Series joins the Scania G480 tipper that was launched in early 2015 and underlines the company’s focus on providing equipment that can be put to work immediately in profitable growth markets. But, can the package deal keep up with a custom build?
To find out, we test drive the P320 version powered by a 320hp Euro V EGR engine. Subsequent factory 8×2 curtain-siders will be designated P310 and equipped with the more recent SCR engine, necessitating the fitment of a 55-litre AdBlue tank on the right-hand side of the chassis next to the 450-litre diesel tank.
In the SCR format, the five-cylinder engine produces 310hp at 1,900rpm and a maximum 1,550Nm of torque between 1,100rpm and 1,350rpm. The 310hp version has a good reputation for fuel efficiency and Scania claims that a result well over three kilometres per litre is achievable in typical applications.
Our test model is fitted with a 9.1m Genuine Truck Bodies (GTB) curtain-sider body, which has been designed to accommodate 14 pallets as well as providing enough room for a pallet jack.
The full story has appeared in the April edition of Prime Mover. To get your copy, click here.