Kenworth’s new T880 chassis is designed for vocational applications.

Kenworth T880 available for order

Nov. 1, 2013
  THE all-new Kenworth T880—the flagship of Kenworth’s vocational lineup—is now available for order, according to Alan Fennimore, vocational marketing manager.

THE all-new Kenworth T880—the flagship of Kenworth’s vocational lineup—is now available for order, according to Alan Fennimore, vocational marketing manager.

Introduced at the Mid-America Trucking Show earlier this year, the Kenworth T880 is especially suited for vocational customers who demand a durable and reliable truck, including dump, mixer, refuse, and heavy-haul applications.

The T880 comes standard with the PACCAR MX-13 engine rated up to 500 hp and 1850 lb-ft of torque. The MX-13 provides a lightweight, fuel-efficient engine for vocational applications, including dumps and heavy-haul applications over 100,000 lbs. The T880 can be ordered with a 116.5-inch BBC hood optimized for the MX-13 engine or with the 122.5-inch BBC hood.

The T880 features a panoramic windshield for enhanced visibility, quiet cab with triple-sealed doors, five-piece hood for easier and faster repairs, air-assisted hydraulic clutch, complex reflector headlamps, and new lightweight, factory-installed lift axles.

The T880 uses Kenworth’s 2.1-meter wide, stamped aluminum cab, which is robotically assembled. The cab has 23 inches of room between the seats.

The T880 is featured in the current 2013 Kenworth Road Tour, which also includes the new T680 52-inch sleeper and the MX-13 engine. The tour is visiting Kenworth dealer locations in the United States and Canada.

Doug Powell medium-duty marketing manager, said Kenworth now offers its latest Cabover Body Builder Manual, which contains useful information and guidelines for truck specification and design during the body planning and installation processes.

The manual’s information is specific to Kenworth K270 Class 6 and Kenworth K370 Class 7 cabovers. The comprehensive 96-page Kenworth Cabover Body Builder Manual contains detailed sections on cab and chassis dimensions, 2013 engines, exhaust and aftertreatment designs and functionality, frame layouts, chassis and cab electrical systems, body mounting, frame modifications, and routing.

The K270 and K370 cabovers are for beverage distributors, pick-up and delivery, furniture, food processors, landscape, towing, and other urban delivery applications. A key advantage is a 55-degree wheel cut for a tighter turning radius and greater maneuverability for operating in crowded urban environments.

The bumper to back of cab (BBC) of only 63.4 inches for the Kenworth cabovers—compared to a 106-inch BBC on medium-duty conventionals—also provides plenty of room for a large van body. This enables the K270 and K370 to haul more payload with a shorter overall length. This is especially important as overall truck length is becoming more regulated in some major metropolitan cities. In addition, the Kenworth cabovers offer a large windshield for enhanced visibility, and room to carry a three-person crew with a driver air-suspended seat and two-person bench seat.

Both the K270 and K370 are powered by a 6.7-liter PACCAR PX-7 engine with a standard 220-hp rating and 520 lb-ft of maximum torque. Optional ratings are 240-hp and 560 lb-ft of torque and 250-hp with 660 lb-ft of torque.  Both models are available with Allison five-speed transmissions. ♦

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