Scania’s Super new 13-litre engine offers 8% better fuel economy

Will Shiers
November 11, 2021

Scania has launched what it claims to be “the world’s most sustainable powertrain with a combustion engine”, and is promising an improvement in fuel economy of at least 8%. In a nod to its heritage, the driveline, which consists of a new 6-cylinder 13-litre engine, gearbox and back axle, will be known as the Scania Super Powertrain.

The DC13 engine, which contributes 5% of the fuel economy improvement, features a dual overhead camshaft and a twin SCR AdBlue dosing system first seen on its latest V8.

The 12.74-litre engine will be offered in power ratings of 420hp (2,300Nm), 460hp (2,500Nm), 500hp (2,650Nm) and 560hp (2,800Nm). All versions can run on HVO, and the two middle rated ones can be adapted to run on 100% renewable biodiesel.

The engine is matched to a pair of Opticruise gearboxes, the recently launched G33CM and the new G25CM. They contribute 1% to the overall fuel efficiency improvement. A further 1% comes the new R756 single reduction low-friction rear axle, which was developed by sister company MAN.

This is the first common driveline for Traton, and although launched initially in a Scania, it will be available to Navistar in 2023 and MAN in 2024. “It will be the group’s 13-litre, and will bring scale and fantastic performance to the brands that utilise it,” explained Christian Levin, CEO and president of Scania and Traton.

Scania is also launching a new chassis layout, which it is calling Modular Architecture Chassis (MACH). With a new set of frame hole patterns, it is said to offer increased flexibility, so increasing the number of chassis layouts available. There is a completely new range of diesel fuel tanks too, ranging from 165 to 700 litres.

Other than a Super badge and graphics, there are no other external modifications to the cab. It’s a similar story inside too, where the only changes are additional colour schemes and new mattresses.

The Scania Super is available to order now, with first UK deliveries expected in October 2022.


  • Scania has launched Scania Mirror View Camera (SMVC), an optional camera and screen system to replace the conventional mirrors. Unlike competitors’ systems, the cameras are mounted significantly lower. Peter Hellberg, product manager at Scania Accessories, said: “By placing the camera unit at the door, just below the side window, the connection between what the camera sees and what the driver will experience in the display become natural and instinctive compared with having the camera positioned elsewhere on the cab.” The cameras are foldable, and the lenses are heated.

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Will Shiers

Will has been the editor of Commercial Motor magazine since 2011 and is the UK jury member of the International Truck of the Year.

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