MAN launches a mid-range M90
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• MAN launched its M90 this week in Germany, with a cab similar to that of the heavier F90. It comes in two versions: a 1.59-metre-long day cab and a 2.04-metre-long two-berth sleeper.
There are 12, 14 and 17tonne models, but only the 17tonners will be available in the UK initially. The 17.192 and 17.232 models are offered for rigid and drawbar operation with six wheelbase dimensions ranging from 3.6 to 5.8 metres.
MAN's new D08 four-stroke six-cylinder diesel engine with four-jet injectors is common to both, giving greater torque. The manufacturer claims it makes starting easier and gives cleaner emissions.
The 17.192, powered by a turbocharged unit designated 1)08 26TF, is rated at 1371cW (186hp) at 2,600rpm with a maximum torque of 645Nm at 1,200 to 1,500rpm. The engine's specific fuel consumption is 199g/kWh and it has a dry weight of 495kg.
The 17.232's turbocharged and charge-cooled D0826LF engine is rated at 169kW (230hp) at 2,600 rpm and it has a maximum torque of 792m generated at 1,200 to 1,500rpm. Its specific fuel con sumption is 195g/kWh and it has a dry weight of 532kg.
MAN's long-awaited 32tonne tractor will make its debut at October's NEC motor show. The 17.262 will be fitted with the new charge-cooled MAN D2865LF five-cylinder engine which has a power output of 191kW (256hp). It will be offered with a choice of two ZF Ecomid gearboxes: the nine-speed 9S-109 and the 16speed 168-109.
Right-hand-drive production starts in January 1989. The 17.262 will be a part of the F90 range, fitted with the "standard" narrow day cab, with a selector option. It will be available as a 3.2mwheelbase 4x2 or as a twinsteer 22.262 which will be built to special order.
The 4x2 tractor will have steel suspension with an air option for the drive axle, while the twin-steer will have air suspension as standard on the second and third axles.
Although the 17.262 will principally be sold as a 32tonner, it will be offered in downplated 26 and 28-tonne versions, and it could, at a pinch, be operated as a 38tonner. MAN sees it as a "bread and butter" fleet machine, to compete with established vehicles like the Scalia P93, the Leyland Daf 2500 and Cruiser and the lighter ERFs.
The 17.262 fills the gap left by the now-defunct 16.240 and its five-cylinder engine will also be used in a revised eightwheeler, the 30.262, which is due to be released in the middle of next year.
The kerb weight of the basic 17.626, with oil and water but without fuel, driver or fifth wheel, is 6,150kg.