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SONDERDRUCK präsentiert: DIE ZEITUNG FÜR DEN GÜTERVERKEHR Issue Nr. 8 | 22nd April 2022 | 32. Jhg. | HUSS-VERLAG GmbH | www.transport.de B 11694 D FOTOS: R. DOMINA TEST Volvo FH 500 I-Save 1st Place Fuel Consumption Highest Average Speed An undeniable success TRUCK-TEST We knew that the turbo compound engine would live up to its epithet “I-Save”, but with its latest model upgrades, the Gothenburg-based company has gone one better: With small but highly effective changes to the aerodynamics, software and drivetrain, the turbo compound pulls narrowly ahead of its rivals from Södertälje – and is even a touch faster. The two Scandinavian truck manufacturers are currently competing head-to-head in the 500-hp segment. While the new Scania 500 Super (see Transport 7/22) left the competition far behind in the last issue, the upgraded Volvo FH 500 is now attracting attention and ousting the Scania – albeit only very narrowly – from first place in our all-time best list. Well okay, it also has nearly ten extra horsepower under the bonnet and in the end, the turbo compound boasts a power rating of 374 kW, which (times 1.36) actually equates to just short of 509 hp. An understatement? Possibly, but the fact is, ‘500’ is written on the door and Volvo officially names this FH the FH 500. But wait a minute, none of this really matters when you look at the torque, as rarely if ever do we drive in the rated power range, but this is where the torque is highest, and here we see a massive 2,800 Nm in the Volvo data sheet. In comparison, the Scania 500 Super is rated at 2,650 Nm and the Actros 510 at 2,500 Nm. So where is the power really coming from? Definitely from the torque. Yet even that is only half of the truth. Although it‘s true that Volvo has set the turbo compound to 2,800 Nm, it is only called upon when necessary – and that is something new. In practical terms, the FH has two torque performance curves: one for 2,800 Nm and one for around 400 Nm less, i.e. 2,400 Nm. Where there’s smoke, there’s fire That is extremely clever of course. And you don’t even notice it in practice. I assume