Volvo Trucks Launches 780hp FH16 in New Zealand

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Volvo Trucks has taken the wraps off the highest horsepower FH16 it has offered in New Zealand to date. The powerful new D17 engine was launched in Sweden to much acclaim in January 2024 with a new range of horsepower ratings stretching from 600hp to 780hp.
Volvo Trucks Launches 780hp FH16 in New Zealand

Volvo Trucks New Zealand has announced that the entire D17 power train offering with power options up to and including 780hp will be launched locally mid-2024, making the new FH16 most powerful on-highway truck in New Zealand.  


Along with the added power ratings, the updated FH16 also sees a significant jump in torque. 


The 600hp variant now offers 3000Nm of torque, while the 700hp offers 3400Nm, the range topping 780hp option brings 3800Nm to bear.  


The 17-litre, Euro 6 powerplant shares the same basic architecture as the 16-litre engine it replaces with the extra capacity resulting from an increase in cylinder bore. 


In pursuit of efficiency and cleaner operation, the engine also features a new fuel injection system, low friction cylinder liners as well as wave top pistons to ensure optimised combustion. 


All power ratings are HVO (Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil) compatible. 


“A world of possibilities has been built into this engine platform,” says Shayne Commons, Director of Product and Performance, Volvo Group Australia, “Highly efficient drive trains capable of using alternative fuels will be a key part of our path to net zero emissions.”


“More power gives us the option of gearing our trucks for more efficiency on highway, more torque means less gear changes and more top gear time.” 


“However, for the person behind the wheel, the performance of the D17 engine in the new FH16 will impress, driver feedback so far has been overwhelmingly positive, especially in regard to holding road speed in undulating terrain.” 


“Drivers will want to drive this FH16.” 


The new FH16 and D17 engine will be available to order in New Zealand from July 2024. 



For further information, please contact:

Annie Monk – for Volvo Trucks New Zealand

Marketing Executive

Sime Darby Motors NZ.

Mobile: +64 21 243 7515




Volvo Trucks supplies complete transport solutions for discerning professional customers with its full range of medium and heavy-duty trucks. Customer support is provided via a global network of dealers with 2,200 service points in about 130 countries.


Volvo trucks are assembled in 12 countries across the globe including Australia, where they are designed and manufactured for the New Zealand market by Volvo Group Australia.


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With a focus on customers, Volvo Trucks New Zealand provides full transport solutions, and are supported by the largest nationwide network of after-sales service through Truck Stops and Alliance Truck and Bus. Sime Darby Commercial holds the sole distribution rights for Volvo Trucks and Buses in New Zealand.


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