LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Coming off a year with record Class 8 market share, Kenworth marked its return to the Mid-America Trucking Show after a one-year absence by highlighting its red, white and blue decaled Kenworth T680 Advantage 76-inch sleeper — also called “the driver’s truck”– taking center stage.
“The Kenworth T680 has established a high standard for excellence with its superior fuel efficiency, performance and comfort. There’s been a phenomenal customer response ranging from large fleets to owner-operators since the T680’s introduction five years ago at Mid-America,” said Mike Dozier, Kenworth general manager and Paccar vice president. “The T680 truly is ‘the driver’s truck,’ and has become the fastest-selling model in Kenworth history. It’s helping our customers reduce operating costs through its fuel-saving aerodynamics, while enhancing driver retention and recruitment by keeping drivers extremely happy … .”
The truck starts with an optimized powertrain of a 2017 Paccar MX-13 455-hp engine, new Paccar 40K tandem rear axle and Eaton Fuller Advantage automated 10-speed transmission. It also offers the lightweight Meritor MFS+ 12,500-lb front steer axle with integral knuckle for air disc brakes, and new Kenworth taperleaf lightweight springs for a comfortable ride.
The T680 Advantage is loaded with driver technology features.
“The Kenworth Nav+ HD system with virtual gauges features a high-resolution seven-inch color screen for navigation, audio control — including satellite radio — along with internet access,” Dozier said. “Our Driver Performance Center with useful technology aids for the driver, and Predictive Cruise Control both help enhance fuel economy. We also spec’d the Bendix Wingman Fusion driver assistance system, as well as a lane departure system. Plus, the T680 comes with Kenworth TruckTech+ Remote Diagnostics to help drive uptime by speeding service and repair at Kenworth dealerships.”
The T680 also includes the “driver’s studio” with a range of premium features that combine to create a luxurious, relaxing and comfortable living environment.
For eating meals, there’s a 180-degree swivel passenger seat and rotating table to accommodate two people, a drawer-style refrigerator and a convenient space ideal for a microwave. Kenworth’s premium audio package — with 320-watt amp, 10-inch subwoofer and eight speakers; swivel TV mount for up to a 28-inch flat screen TV; and the optional EpicVue pre-wire for satellite TV, provides the entertainment. The Driver’s Studio offers a full-size wardrobe space for hanging clothes, multiple storage drawers, and a large storage space under the lower bunk. And when it’s time to get some restful sleep, there’s the 8-inch thick, luxury pocket coil mattress.
“While we feel the T680’s ride is unmatched, so too is its comfort level and design. For those who have not stepped inside our 76-inch sleeper, they’ll be impressed,” Dozer said. “We don’t think you’ll find a more comfortable sleeper on the market. It’s a home-run for those who spend extensive time on the road.”
During a news conference at the show, company officials said the new Kenworth T880S recently entered into product and trucks are rolling down the assembly line to fill current orders.
The T880S is Kenworth’s newest configuration and features a set-forward front axle, adding to the popular T880 lineup.
“The T880S is well-suited for truck operators in ready-mix, dump and mobile crane applications where every incremental pound of payload delivered contributes directly to the bottom line,” said Kevin Baney, Kenworth assistant general manager for sales and marketing. “The T880S enters into the market in the midst of an excellent vocational market, and we’re receiving strong T880S orders from customers.”
The T880S is offered with a set-forward front axle ranging from 14,600 pounds to 22,800 pounds, and is standard with the Paccar MX-13 engine with up to 510-hp and 1,850 lb-ft of torque. For weight-sensitive applications, the 10.8-liter Paccar MX-11 engine is 400 pounds lighter compared to larger displacement engines, and provides up to 430-hp and 1,650 lb-ft of torque.
The T880S has a 114-inch BBC and best-in-class 28-inch bumper setting. Also offered is the 29.5-inch bumper setting, typical in dump applications, as well as the 31.5-inch bumper setting with a sturdy box bumper. “These bumper settings provide the flexibility for customers to meet Bridge Formula requirements and stay under the 40-foot length limit,” Baney said.
The T880S uses a number of key features from the T880. “One especially key feature is the five-piece hood design with bolt-on fenders for minimal downtime in event of a repair. Getting the truck back into service and delivering loads is the name of the game with these vocational applications, and customers see the real value of the bolt-on fenders in the T880S,” he said.
Single, tandem or tridem drive axles and a wide variety of factory-installed lift axles, are among a range of options available to meet demanding jobsite requirements. The T880 and T880S also provide clear back-of-cab options that make it easy to configure the truck body, handle extreme loads and make it easier for body upfitting.