Only 7.44 m (24’5”) long and rated at a GCW of 200 metric tons (440,925 lbs). Rensink’s 750 hp Volvo is a downright beast and a perfect specimen of a modern, European heavy haulage tractor. These are rolling on normal-sized tires and are not wider, taller or longer than any other top segment on-highway truck or tractor.
Back in 1987, Volvo surprised the trucking business with the introduction of a brand new, massive 16 liter inline-six turbodiesel. Initially with 470 hp, it evolved into an engine with a maximum power output of 750 DIN-hp later on. Just as impressive as its sheer power is the maximum torque output of 3,550 Nm~2,618 lb-ft @ 1,050 rpm.
No wonder this is the preferred choice of diesel locomotive for many heavy haulage specialists.
The usual tractor configuration in this type of road transport is a close-packed 8×4 chassis with a liftable and steering pusher axle. The Volvo’s curb weight is 13,360 kg (29,454 lbs). Such tractors never come light-footed.
Some other features are the I-Shift automated manual transmission with heavy haulage software and crawler gears and Volvo’s Work Remote (remote control for the air suspension, engine and PTOs).
Until the nineties, powerful tractors in this specific line of business were mostly supplied by small, specialized truck makers, like FTF (Detroit Diesel two-stroke powered, see fine examples above), Faun and Titan.
But then the big manufacturers started to take over that segment too, especially Mercedes-Benz, MAN, Volvo and Scania. The Germans went beyond the 600 hp mark years ago, while the Swedes have been operating north of (quite literally) 700 hp for quite some time now.
When thundering down the road while towing 100 to 200 tons, you’d better carry along a decent quantity of diesel fuel. And a foldable garden chair was never on Volvo’s option list.
A small collection of pictures from Rensink’s Facebook site, showing the Volvo at work. The company is specialized in the (dis)assembly and trans-European transport of industrial machinery and equipment.
There was a whole cluster of similar Volvo FH16 8×4 tractors at a truck show in the spring of 2017.
The 16 liter engine is offered in all Volvo FH chassis configurations. If you want a 750 hp 4×2 tractor to tow a curtainside semi-trailer, you can have one, no problem. To fly over the Alps. Or just for prestige.
BIGtruck online magazine posted this driving impression of the latest edition of Volvo’s factory FH16 heavy haulage tractor on YouTube.
The truck maker offers this line of 8×4 tractors up to 325 tons (716,500 lbs) GCWR. “I roll”. If necessary, even at a speed as low as 0.5 km/h.
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