On Thursday, March 27, at the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Ky., Mack introduced its Pinnacle Rawhide Edition, building on its Pinnacle Axle Forward model with an updated exterior and a new level of interior comfort.
Target markets are fleets concerned about “driver recruitment and retention, as well as discerning owner-operators,” said Jerry Warmkessel, Mack Trucks marketing manager of highway products.
The truck is available in three cab configurations: 60- and 70-inch midrise sleepers, plus daycab. Features include a “Texas-style” chrome bumper, stainless-steel cab and sleeper skirts, forward-mounted dual 7-inch bullhorn exhaust stacks, a 13-inch stainless steel exterior sunvisor and four chrome air horns.
The interior has button-tuck Ultraleather and two-tone embroidered seats. The brushed nickel dash features Mack’s Co-Pilot driver display; the leather-grip steering wheel includes chromed spokes.
Mack also introduced its Titan heavy transport, heavy construction tractor to the trucking industry during the show, calling it “the most powerful Class 8 truck in the industry.” The company previously rolled out the Titan to vocational customers during the CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2008 Exposition in Las Vegas.
Powered by the all-new MP10, a 16-liter diesel engine with a top rating of 605 hp and 2,060 lb.-ft. of torque, the truck is designed “for any application that requires brute strength performance,” said Warmkessel.
The truck is tall, with a long hood and high ground clearance. The cab is set high in a classic “heavy haul” position to ensure driver visibility. Titan touts lots of chrome, including a large grill surround featuring four inches of chromed cast aluminum and Mack’s new twin cowl-mounted “Growler” air intakes.
The MP10 is matched to Mack’s T300ES series 10-, 13- and 18-speed transmissions with triple countershaft performance. Eaton transmissions are available as options. Titan rides on Mack’s Cornerstone chassis, offered in three frame rail thicknesses – 8, 9.5 and 11 millimeters.
Customers may preorder the Titan now, with production to begin in November.