The FS7 was mainly intended for distribution in crowded city areas. For this reason a 7-litre Volvo engine ('TD73') was used, which was approved under the new European emission legislation to be enforced about a year later. The rest of the driveline was also produced by Volvo, including the gearbox and the rear axle, making it a 'genuine Volvo heavy duty truck'.
A lot of competition
The FS7 did enjoy a certain popularity, but there was a lot of competition from both the smaller FL6 truck and the slightly larger FL7 truck. For this reason the production of the FS7 truck ceased in 1996, when the FL6 Supercharger with 250 bhp was introduced, offering basically the same performance with lower kerb weight, thereby being even better than the FS7 in one key area; lower kerb weight = larger payload.