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Scania adds a 540 hp version to its 13-litre engine range

Sweden-headed truck, bus and engine manufacturer Scania has launched a new 540 hp engine, the fifth version of its 13-litre engine range. The DC13 166 is primarily intended for weight-sensitive applications where solid power is crucial while low internal friction, new turbo and "smart auxiliaries" provide fuel savings of up to 2 percent.

Scania has launched a new 540 hp engine, the fifth version of its 13-litre engine range. The DC13 166 is primarily intended for weight-sensitive applications where solid power is crucial while low internal friction, new turbo and “smart auxiliaries” provide fuel savings of up to 2 percent (image courtesy Scania).

According to Scania, the new 540 hp DC13 166 engine is primarily intended for applications and customers where lots of power and drivability are in demand while weight sensitivity or limitations such as front-axle loads hinder the use of Scania’s slightly heavier V8 engines which start at 520 hp.

True to our promise to always tailor-make our offers, we identified a customer need for a top-of-the-line version of our 13-litre hero. Our inline-six range is industry-leading when it comes to fuel performance. Scania trucks with 13-litre engines have been crowned ‘Green Truck’ for three consecutive years in Germany, and that is a remarkable feat, said Alexander Vlaskamp, Senior Vice President, Head of Scania Trucks.

Scania is now offering five different performance steps of its most common engine, the inline-six: 370, 410, 450, 500 and 540 hp. The new 540 iteration shares most of its technology with its 500 hp sibling, like a robust fixed geometry turbo unit with ball bearings instead of journal bearings.

The powerful 540 is mainly intended for customers and markets where legal aspects regarding front axle loads keep them from choosing a V8. But it’s perfect for anyone that needs extra power in their transport operation. Paired with the relevant gearing, this engine will work equally well for a timber truck or for a ‘tulip express’. The latter travel European highways with rather light loads but are conscious about fuel consumption and average speeds, explained Vlaskamp.

According to Scania, all DC13 engines have “excellent fuel performance” and the use of only SCR for exhaust after treatment. The inherent robustness along with services like Scania Maintenance with Flexible Plans contribute to favourable figures for cost and uptime, leading to “outstanding total operating economy”.

The improved fuel figures and the power versus weight ratio will make this engine an attractive choice for many Scania customers. 2700 Nm already from 1000 r/min allow for everything between fast gearing and low revs to excellent startability via hub reduction axles in forestry applications, ended Vlaskamp.

All Scania’s Euro 5 and Euro 6 diesel engines can run on a mixture of up to 100 percent hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO) and any proportion of diesel and HVO, regardless of the engine family.

According to Scania, the new 540 hp DC13 166 engine is primarily intended for applications and customers where lots of power and drivability are in demand while weight sensitivity or limitations such as front-axle loads hinder the use of Scania’s slightly heavier V8 engines which start at 520 hp. News of the new engine option generated much interest amongst Swedish timber hauliers that visited the Scania stand at the Mittia Skogstransport tradeshow in Ljusdal that opened August 16, 2019.

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