Volvo Trucks Australia Launches 780hp FH16

Volvo Trucks has taken the wraps off the highest horsepower FH16 it has offered in Australia to date. The powerful new D17 engine was launched in Sweden to much acclaim in February 2024 with a new range of horsepower ratings stretching from 600hp to 780hp.
Volvo Truck 780hp FH16

Volvo Trucks Australia has now announced that the entire D17 power train offering with power options up to and including 780hp will be launched locally mid-2024 making the new FH16 Australia’s most powerful on-highway truck.   


Along with the added power ratings, the updated FH16 also sees a significant jump in torque.  


The 600hp variant now offers 3000Nm of torque, while the 700hp offers 3400Nm, the range topping 780hp option brings 3800Nm to bear.   


The 17-litre, Euro 6 powerplant shares the same basic architecture as the 16-litre engine it replaces with the extra capacity resulting from an increase in cylinder bore.  


In pursuit of efficiency and cleaner operation, the engine also features a new fuel injection system, low friction cylinder liners as well as wave top pistons to ensure optimised combustion.  


All power ratings are HVO (Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil) compatible.  


“A world of possibilities has been built into this engine platform,” says Shayne Commons, Director of Product and Performance, Volvo Group Australia, “Highly efficient drive trains capable of using alternative fuels will be a key part of our path to net zero emissions.” 


“More power gives us the option of gearing our trucks for more efficiency on highway, more torque means less gear changes and more top gear time.”  


“However, for the person behind the wheel, the performance of the D17 engine in the new FH16 will impress, driver feedback so far has been overwhelmingly positive, especially in regard to holding road speed in undulating terrain.”  


“Drivers will want to drive this FH16.”  


The new FH16 and D17 engine will be available to order for Australian customers from July 2024.  

For further information, please contact: 


Matt Wood

Public Relations and Media Manager (Volvo Group Australia)

Mobile: +61 (0)436 681 117


About Volvo Group Australia


Volvo Group Australia is responsible for Mack, Volvo truck brands within Australia, New Zealand, New Caledonia, Papua New Guinea, East Timor and the South Pacific Islands. Mack and Volvo Trucks proudly carry the Australian Made certification for trucks built at the local Wacol factory in Brisbane. Volvo Group Australia is the sole authorised distributor for UD Trucks in Australia. 


We provide complete transport solutions for professional and demanding customers, including complete solutions for financing and service. Over 1400 people are employed by Volvo Group Australia across the country, with over 80 suppliers also benefitting from local production. Volvo Group boasts the largest dealer network in Australia and New Zealand with service points across the country giving access to metropolitan and regional customers.