With the launch of the Volvo FH16 750 in autumn 2011, the FH16 regained its position as the world’s most powerful truck. With 750 horsepower and maximum torque of 3,550 Newton metres it surpasses all other trucks.
For many transport assignments the FH16 is “unnecessarily powerful”, despite the fact that its advanced technology helps ensure operating costs that are low even for lighter “normal” haulage assignments. But for fast long-haul assignments in hilly terrain, for extra-heavy haulage and for customers who want the very best in the truck world, the FH16 is not just a suitable but an obvious choice.
In most respects (in addition to power) the FH16 is comparable with the “regular” 13-litre FH range: the very highest safety, the best ergonomics, continuous operating reliability, good payload capacity, access to a global service network and very low environmental impact.
In addition to the top model – the FH16 750 – the FH16 is also available in versions with 550 and 650 horsepower.
In an historic perspective, the FH16 is a surprising truck. Previously, a powerful engine always meant higher fuel consumption, far less payload capacity and increased environmental impact. An FH16 does admittedly cost more to buy than a “regular” Volvo FH but its running costs are comparable and the payload reduction is marginal.
On the other hand, the power of the FH16 may mean an increase in average speed, that more transport assignments can therefore be carried out and that the FH16 can always keep up with the pace of traffic. Thus avoiding disruptions in the flow of traffic even with particularly high gross weights …