CC Global: 2017 Tatra Phoenix 4×4 Tractor – The Famous Tatra Features Are Included

An engine and a cab by DAF, a transmission -either manual or automatic- by ZF, and the rest by Tatra. The end result is the Tatra Phoenix, a modern and highly capable off-road truck or tractor unit. Available at the DAF Store.

The Tatra Phoenix has the cab of DAF’s mid-size model, the CF.

This rugged 4×4 tractor unit is powered by the 10.8 liter DAF-PACCAR MX-11 engine, good for 435 DIN-hp. The tractor’s curb weight is 9,020 kg (19,886 lbs).

An AWD truck or tractor needs an extra lower step to climb into the cab.

This is it, Tatra’s renowned central backbone tube with independently suspended swinging half-axles, bolted together in a single unit.

The rear end of the central backbone, and thanks to the air suspension the Tatra doesn’t have bowlegs anymore when driving unloaded. Maximum rear axle load 11,500 kg (25,353 lbs).

The front suspension. Maximum front axle load 9.000 kg (19,842 lbs).

A Tatra Phoenix 8×8 dump truck in action (Photo Courtesy of Tatra Trucks). All wheels stay grounded.

This Tatra Phoenix 6×6 video explains it all.

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