Tiger breaks cover
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• Leyland Bus's most powerful Tiger coach chassis — the Cununins LTA10-290-powered Tiger 290 — breaks cover next week when it makes its debut at the Bus and Coach Council's annual PSV exhibition at the NEC.
The Tiger 290 has an allnew chassis frame to accommodate the horizontal, mid-mounted, charge-cooled Cummins L10 engine, rated at 216kW (8581bft) at 1,300rpm.
As well as the more powerful engine, the 6.2 metrewheelbase Tiger 290 has a revised front axle and driving compartment, and rearmounted fuel tanks.
Operators will initially be able to specify the fully airsuspended Tiger 290 chassis with either ZF S6-150C manual transmission. The latter, however, will only be offered for a short period as Leyland Bus intends to standardise on the ZF S6-90 box for all manual gearbox versions.
The 290 will be built at LB's Farington plant alongside the existing Tiger coach chassis range, which is offered with either the LTA10-290 Cummins; 194,163, or 127kW versions of the Leyland TL11 engine; or Gardner power units. An Econocruise speed limiter is standard on all 290 chassis.
Leyland Bus says that it has no plans to fit the LTA10-290 Cummins in its Royal Tiger Doyen integral coach, which will continue to be available only with the 194kW TL11 engine — at least for the 1988 season.
The Tiger 290 is intended for 12-metre long bodywork and is already available with bodies by Duple, Plaxtons and Van HooL Leyland Bus expects the Tiger 290 to appeal to both private and public PSV operators.
Four bodied Tiger 290s will be at the BCC show, among the first operators to take delivery of a production model is Eastern Scottish, which has been running a prototype for some 12 months.