International 8500 Nears Full Production

International Truck and Engine Corp has debuted the new International 8500 tractor. Available only in tractor configurations, this vehicle offers a multiplex electrical system and increased payload capacity. Superior throttle response in stop-and-go traffic comes from a powertrain featuring the International HT 530 engine, and synchronized routine maintenance schedules simplify maintenance. Highlights of this tractor include:

  • An I-6 engine, the HT 530, with an electronically controlled, variable-geometry turbocharger that delivers up to 340 horsepower with 700 ft-lb of clutch engagement torque.

  • Parabolic taper leaf front springs with shock absorbers.

  • Sloped hood is designed with three-piece construction and replaceable fenders and grille.

  • Multiplexing technology enables one wire to carry signals for several devices, resulting in up to 40% less wiring.

  • Roll-proof D-style steel fuel tanks and fuel system plumbing with quick-connect fitting, an O-ring seal, and nylon lines.

  • 107" bumper-to-back of cab, 50° wheel cut, and high-pressure power steering system.

  • More headroom and belly room, improved HVAC performance, ergonomic dashboard wing panel, and improved insulation and seals.

  • Tilted, swept-back, and curved windshield with 50% more surface area.

  • Transmission cover filters out vehicle noise.

  • Steps are evenly spaced and use wide-tread, offset stair-type steps with a three-point entry system.

  • Overall repair times are reduced 20%.

  • Breakaway mirrors for replacing damaged or missing glass.

  • 24-hour service at participating dealers.

Full production of the International 8500, which replaces the International 8100 with International engines, will begin in October 2001.

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