Scania torques big over upgraded six cylinder

New 540hp engine claims to deliver more torque and improved fuel efficiency

Scania torques big over upgraded six cylinder
Scania's R 500 series gains an extra 40hp


Scania has announced a newcomer to its powertrain range – a higher output, range-topping six-cylinder 13-litre Euro 6 engine aimed at long-haul operations.

The new Scania 540hp engine is being hailed as a match for the power of its rivals, although Scania says, with 2700Nm available between 1000 and 1300rpm, it goes once step better.

According to Scania, the new engine delivers more low-down driveability and grunt to shift loads seamlessly up hills, turning a six-cylinder 13-litre driven prime mover into a genuine long-distance interstate B-double hauler.

The 540hp engine is being offered in the G-series mid-size, and the R-series full-size cabs, augmenting the six-cylinder engine range that was previously topped out with the 500hp/2550Nm variant.

Fitted in the G 500 and R 500, Scania says the six-cylinder engine has been widely praised since its 2018 launch for its performance, fuel efficiency and drivability. However, the extra 40hp and 150Nm of additional torque is expected to make the experience even more effortless.

The 540 engine features Scania XPI fuel injection, and a new ball-bearing fixed geometry turbocharger, to help reach the new elevated output. The engine is mated to a Scania GRSO905R overdrive 14-speed gearbox, with ratios selected via the Scania fully automated Opticruise gearshift. Braking is assisted by the Scania R3500 Retarder.

Scania points out that these trucks are also fitted with a cooling package for hilly terrain and heavy loads.


As with all New Truck Generation trucks sold in Australia, Scania says the new G 540 and R 540 are fitted with a high level of active and passive safety systems, including side curtain airbags as standard.

Further safety features include driver and passenger seat belt pre-tensioners, driver steering wheel air bag, electronic stabiliser program (ESP), lane departure warning (LDW), advanced emergency braking (AEB), and adaptive cruise control (ACC), auto hill hold, and auto headlights. An electro-pneumatic parking brake is fitted to the G 540.

Fuel tank packages up to 1000-litres are available, along with 105-litres of AdBlue.

Scania says the 540-powered R- and G-series cabs have been specified for this market with a high level of standard equipment and features, including DuraBright aluminium wheels.

"Scania is very pleased to add the 540hp engine to the very successful six-cylinder 13-litre engine range," says Dean Dal Santo, director of truck sales for Scania Australia.

"Since its launch in Australia, the R 500 and G 500 variants have been among our most popular as they offer an excellent mix of performance and economy.


"Scania continues to provide greater torque than its rivals at identical horsepower outputs and the new 540 is no different, giving our customers an advantage in terms of driveability and fuel efficiency.

"The additional power, and particularly torque will be welcomed by operators who have wanted to access a bit more grunt for B-double work at higher weights for intra- and interstate work, or while traversing hilly terrain, without reverting to our famous Scania V8 engine.

"The 540 provides a reduced front axle weight compared with the 520 V8, allowing for more loading flexibility," Del Santo says.

"The Scania 540 engine has proven itself in many Scania global markets for some time, offering reliable, durable and efficient performance.

"Early reports from the first trucks delivered in Australia show exceptional fuel burn, delighting our customers.

"When matched with one of Scania’s flexible maintenance plans, the new 540 makes for an irresistible package for any sized fleet."

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