THE ABNORMAL LOAD INDUSTRY’S HEAVY, AND SUPER-HEAVY HAULERS, NEED HORSEPOWER AND TORQUE. SITTING IN THE TOP BRANCHES OF THIS BEEFY TREE ARE SCANIA WITH THEIR R730 8X4 TRACTORS. ALTHOUGH ITS NEW HEAVY HAULAGE SPECIALIST CHASSIS WILL BE A LITTLE WHILE COMING ALONG, IAN NORWELL TAKES A LOOK AT THE NEW R AND S SERIES FROM SCANIA, TO SEE WHAT’S IN STORE.
New truck introduction programmes inevitably start with the regular tractors that make up the bulk of the sales volumes. Towards the end of a new model phase-in, the niche vehicles finally appear. In Scania’s case, the replacement for the current R-series heavy hauler tractors, the R730 8x4 for example, is expected to be about 12 months away. This is worth bearing in mind if you are going to be replacing fleet at that time, and might be considering a Scania. There is not expected to be a ‘break in service’, so the current model will still be on the line until then, but the new model will certainly be worth waiting for. HeavyTorque has been to the glitzy launch in Paris, driven the first right-hand-drive specimens in the UK, and taken some winter driving tuition in Norway which raised a few eyebrows.