Scania celebrates 50 years of its V8 engine

Swedish truck manufacturer Scania is launching a limited edition of 25 flagship S-series Highline tractor units to celebrate the 50th anniversary of its V8 engine. 

Available in either two- or three-axle format, each truck in the series will be individually numbered and distinguished by a range of features unique to the edition. In addition, each vehicle will be appointed with Scania’s high-end V8 styling package.

The truck is available in three anniversary colours – Ruby Red, Arctic Silver and Sapphire Blue. Key features of the series include anniversary cab badges displaying each vehicle’s individual limited edition number, exclusive puddle lights and badged hub caps and mudflaps.  In addition, every owner will be presented with a specially commissioned numbered certificate commemorating their purchase of a 50th anniversary Scania V8.

Other external features include chrome trim grille air intakes, side windows and door handles and a rectangular left-side exhaust pipe design. Inside, there is a specially-designed 50th V8 anniversary badge, as well as the V8’s unique chrome door sill strip and styled pedals with rubber pads.  Additional luxury fitments in the limited edition include embossed leather seats with exclusive red V8 stitching, a microwave oven, coffee machine and a large screen infotainment system.

Scania first introduced its V8 engine in 1969, in response to operators demanding more power than the company’s established 11-litre straight six could deliver and it developed 350hp. Since then, the V8 has been gradually developed further and today it has a displacement of 16.4-litres and is available in power steps of 520, 580, 650 and 730hp.

“Since its debut in 1969, the Scania V8 has been turning heads around the world. Today, it enjoys legendary status among operators and drivers alike and is regarded by many as the King of the Road,” comments Vincente Connolly, UK Sales Director for Scania (Great Britain) Ltd. “In the UK, the V8 is an integral part of our success story representing a significant proportion of our sales – especially to long-haul operators, particularly those in Scotland and Northern Ireland.  We are therefore delighted to be celebrating the engine’s golden anniversary with this unique limited edition, and I would encourage anyone interested to contact their local Scania dealer as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.”

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Dan Parton
Dan Parton
Dan Parton is a former editor of Truck & Driver, the UK’s biggest selling truck magazine. He is now writes for The Van Expert and The Truck Expert.

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