August 2014

Overdrive Magazine | Trucking Business News & Owner Operator Info

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48 | Overdrive | August 2014 Drive TesT Gaining an Advantage K enworth recently sent its T680 highway tractor back to the drawing board. The resulting T680 Advantage builds on the truck's already slippery profile while adding internal and external enhancements for increased efficiency and fuel economy in long-haul applications. Brett VanVoorhis, Kenworth's on-highway marketing manager, told me about the new model during a test drive out of Birmingham, Ala. Most notable among the additions, VanVoorhis said, are the front air dam and larger side extenders, as well as a redesigned rear fairing and standard wheel covers. "These components reduce the trailer gap, move through the air more efficiently and combine to add just over a 1 percent improvement in fuel economy," he said. Under the hood, Kenworth has embraced the new highly optimized Kenworth's T680 Advantage mates a Paccar MX13 diesel engine with an Eaton Advantage automated manual transmission. Kenworth's updated T680 has integrated drivetrain and improved aerodynamics BY JACK ROBERTS 48 | Overdrive | August 2014 T680 AdvAnTAge specs Configuration: 76-in. full-height sleeper Wheelbase: 226 in. Engine: Paccar MX13 Power rating: 455 hp Torque: 1,550 lb.-ft. Transmission: Eaton Advantage Automated FAOM-15810S-EP3 10-speed Rear axle: Meritor Fuelite MA40-165 40K DualTrac, Dead Axle Tandem Axle ratio: 2.93

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