Mack Titan

  • 25-Jul-2008 09:49 EDT
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The Mack Titan, powered by the new 16-L MP10 engine, was designed for heavy transport and construction activities.

Mack's new Titan model, designed for heavy transport and construction applications, is the most powerful truck in Mack’s 108-year history.

Relying on the new MP10 16-L inline six-cylinder (see "High torque is focus of new Mack engine," May/June 08) producing between 515 and 605 hp (384 to 451 kW) and 1860 to 2060 ft·lb (2520 and 2793 N·m), the truck is ready for almost any heavy transport or construction situation. Mack’s T-300 ES transmission transfers the power and is available in 10-, 13-, and 18-speed variations.

The chassis is the same Cornerstone model used by the Granite-series Macks and is available in 8, 9.5, and 11 mm (0.31, 0.37, and 0.43 in) thicknesses with optional channel reinforcements and application-specific crossmembers. Front axles and suspensions are available from 12,000- to 20,000-lb (5400- to 9100-kg) capacity, while rear axles and suspensions vary from 38,000 to 65,000 lb (17,200 to 29,500 kg).

The body of the Mack is liberally coated in chrome or polished metal; the grille surround, grille lettering, headlight bezels, bumper, steps, fuel tanks, mirrors, horns, wheel arch trim, side body trim, exhaust stacks, wheels, and air intake covers are all plated or polished. The air intakes, equipped for decorative reasons with small LEDs, prevent moisture and debris from reaching the internal filter element.

The truck is designed with a long nose and a raised cab to allow for better airflow and ground clearance and to rectify the lack of a “big and bold image,” according to Mack.

Inside, the truck anticipates the driver by incorporating an infinitely positionable steering wheel that can adjust for maximum comfort, increased belly room, and improved visibility of all gauges for drivers of any size, says Mack. The cab rides on twin airbags to absorb bumps with stabilizers underneath to prevent swaying.

Three trim levels are available: Pedigree, Champion, and Rawhide Edition, which comes, ironically, with finished “Ultra Leather” seats and door trim embossed with longhorn skulls. The dashboard, available in either brushed nickel or simulated woodgrain, houses the Mack Co-Pilot display, which provides real-time truck system information. Optional is a Lectronix T7000 infotainment system and blind spot camera.

Offered as both a truck and a tractor, the Titan will not be available with a sleeper cab when it reaches dealers later this year.

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