New Iveco Powerstar hits the road

Following extensive evaluations, Iveco sings the praises of its new flagship, the Powerstar 7800.

New Iveco Powerstar hits the road
The Australian designed and built Powerstar 7800 is a heavy duty workhorse which can haul up to 140 tonnes GCM


The Powerstar 7800 is the latest addition to the Iveco Powerstar range and flagship of the Iveco fleet. The 7800 is a heavy duty workhorse designed to haul the biggest loads, with a 140 tonne gross combination mass (GCM).

The new Iveco Powerstar 7800 has been specifically developed in Australia to withstand the country’s harsh climatic extremes and physical road conditions.

According to Marco Quaranta, Product Planning Manager at Iveco Trucks Australia, the Powerstar 7800 is simply in a league of its own.

"Our product engineers have worked incredibly hard to develop a unique product that blends an American driveline and European comfort into an Australian made truck," Quaranta says.

Greg Robertson, Managing Director of Robertson’s Transport, was the first person to take delivery of the new Powerstar 7800.

"We received the 7800 from Iveco in October 2012 to evaluate in our fleet of 18 roadtrains. It has travelled around 250,000km since then on all types of roads and back tracks throughout Western Australia, Northern Territory and Queensland pulling B-doubles and two or three trailer roadtrains grossing up to 130 tonnes," Robertson says.

"I think Iveco has developed a prime mover that is world-class."


Powered by the 15-litre, 600hp engine, the Powerstar 7800 delivers 2,050ft-lb of torque through its Eaton 18-speed Roadranger transmission.

The operating temperature of the engine is controlled by a 12,452 sq. cm (1,930 sq. in.) radiator/cooling package. The engine also uses cooled Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) to comply with emissions regulations.

Fuel for the massive engine is supplied from the four standard 450-litre capacity round aluminium fuel tanks.

The engine and powertrain are mounted on a steel c-wrap chassis designed and built in the Iveco manufacturing facility in Dandenong, Victoria.

The Powerstar 7800 cab gives increased visibility along with high levels of comfort and superior ergonomics, lessening the impact on the driver’s body.

The sleeper cab is spacious, with plenty of locker space, and an inner spring mattress guaranteeing comfort on even the toughest jobs.

Custom options include an in-cab fridge, flat-screen TV with DVD player and an ISRI ‘Big Boy’ air suspended seat and "reach and tilt" steering column.

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