Scania’s position as ‘King of the Road’ is strongly based on the V8-engine, which has outperformed most of the competition for the past three decades. This legendary power unit is now succeeded by an even more impressive V8, featuring excellent driveability and operating economy, combined with Euro 3 compliance. In line with Scania’s modular philosophy, many components are shared with the latest six-cylinder engines to optimise parts availability and ease-of-service.

Ever since the launch of the 14-litre V8 engine in 1969 Scania has dominated the high-output heavy truck segment. The engine is renowned for being rugged, reliable and powerful. With this power unit, Scania’s 144 models currently account for around 60 percent of the trucks sold with V8-engines in Europe.

“Our new 16-litre V8 is a landmark in engine technology,” states Leif Ostling, Scania’s President and CEO. “This is the most powerful Euro 3 engine on the market. We have managed to combine exceptional performance and excellent operating economy with good environmental characteristics.

“Performance in truck terms is all about productivity. Having power to spare going up-hill will boost average speed, so will a powerful engine-brake or a retarder going down. A truck that is on top of its task makes life easy for the driver and the load gets to its destination faster, safer and more economically.

“Despite being a totally new engine, Scania’s modular approach means that the new V8 will be familiar to the whole of our service network. Many parts and design solutions are similar or identical to Scania’s other engines.

“This new engine will suit the needs of Scania’s most demanding customers, carrying on the V8-tradition while building image and prestige for its users,” concludes Mr. Ostling.

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The new 16-litre V8 engine is offered in two outputs (480 and 580 hp) in the new top-of-the-range Scania R164 model, which is available in a large number of configurations for long-haulage and heavy haulage operation. Production has already started.

Scania is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of trucks and buses for heavy transport applications, and of industrial and marine engines. With 25,800 employees and production facilities in Europe and Latin America, Scania is one of the most profitable companies in its sector. In 1999, turnover totalled SEK 47,100 million and the result after net interest income/expense was SEK 4,500 million. Scania products are marketed in about 100 countries worldwide and some 95 percent of Scania’s vehicles are sold outside Sweden.