The new MAN flagship, TGX D38, is bursting with strength, yet still efficient. MAN already has decades of competence in developing strong and reliable trucks. A glance at some of the forerunners to the TGX D38.
The TGX D38 is MAN´s new flagship. A power pack with 520 to 640 hp that will be available from the IAA Commercial Vehicles 2014 trade show on. With a new D38 engine, this truck not only has a whole lot of power under its bonnet, but is also truly a miracle in terms of efficiency.
Trucks offering lots of horsepower and train weight represent the premier class in the commercial vehicle sector. They have two main fields of application, namely long-haul transport on the one hand and as heavy-duty or construction vehicles on the other. For long-haul operations, a strong truck needs plenty of horsepower to make speedy progress along the freeways and deal with steep inclines. In the case of heavy loads however, gross train weight is the key factor and on building sites, torque with high pulling power. For many years, MAN engineers have been developing strong and reliable trucks for all applications. The very first forerunner of MAN´s TGX D38, the S1H6, was actually developed almost ninety years ago and had 100 hp based on six cylinders. Today, the 640 hp offered by MAN´s TGX D38 are generated with a displacement of "only" 15.2 liters and six cylinders. This is possible thanks to common-rail injection and two-stage turbocharging.
MAN developed the S1H6, its first tri-axle truck, in 1926. The abbreviated model name stood for six-wheel vehicle (tri-axle) first series, elevated frame with six-cylinder engine. The truck was first presented to the public at the Leipzig Trade Fair in 1928 and in those days, still had a 100 hp gasoline engine. It was the prototype for all subsequent heavy-duty trucks produced by MAN.
At that time, the S1H6 essentially served to boost the company´s image, even though it was only sold in small numbers in its early days. Series production of the tri-axle truck did not begin until 1930 and the S1H6 first became really famous some time later, thanks to a large D4086 diesel engine. This was followed in 1932/33 by a top engine model offering 150 hp, which became popular on a national scale and was rated the strongest mass-produced diesel truck in the world.
Since this milestone, MAN has constantly worked on producing new top models.
The new in-line six-cylinder engine in the MAN TGX D38 achieves top marks.
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