Volvo launch Europe’s most powerful truck engine

Volvo Truck's newest engine has taken the top spot as most powerful truck engine in Europe.

Volvo Trucks has launched a 780hp (3,800Nm) version of the FH16, stepping over Scania to become Europe’s most powerful production truck.

Although still known as an FH16, the truck is powered by an all-new 17-litre engine.

Certified to also run on HVO, the D17 features a single turbocharger, which Volvo says boosts engine responsiveness and improves the driving experience.

The new engine comes with three power levels; 600 hp, 700 hp and 780 hp, with torque levels increasing to 3000 Nm, 3400 Nm and 3800 Nm in the top version.

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Volvo Trucks product manager Marcos Weingaertner says the new engine is “the strongest engine in the industry.”

“I’m proud to present our new engine. It really is a masterpiece and the result of world-class engineering,” Weingaertner says.

“The 780 version is the strongest engine in the industry. When climbing steep grades on a road with maximum loads, you don’t want to get stuck with too little torque and power. That is why we have focused all our efforts on making the D17 engine very powerful, reliable and responsive.

“For our customers, this translates into getting the job done faster with improved fuel efficiency,” says Marcos Weingaertner, Product Manager at Volvo Trucks.

The new engine uses the truck maker’s patented wave piston design, which optimises combustion and reduces emissions. A new injection system aids fuel economy, and increased peak cylinder pressure enables the higher power output.

The 700hp version is also certified to run on 100% biodiesel (B100).

The gearbox has been updated to handle up to 3800 Nm, and internal gearbox efficiency has been further improved on the 3000 Nm and 3400 Nm versions.

“I’m confident that customers and drivers will appreciate the higher engine brake power as well as the ability to run on HVO and biodiesel,” Weingaertner says.

“The D17 is a fabulous engine for a fabulous truck, and all our customers who rely on the Volvo FH16 in their daily work will now have an even more powerful tool to help them.”

Sales start for the Volvo FH16 with the new engine is in mid-2024 with production due to start in the second half of 2024.

The new engine is available in the all-new Volvo FH16 Aero and the latest version of the Volvo FH16.

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