Few can resist Tatra Phoenix
TATRA'S first foray into the Brisbane Show was in 2017, when it debuted with a knockout 8x8 tipper that looked ready to cart a mountain.
Distributor Offroad Trucks Australia made a clear statement then that the Czech-built off-road specialist builder was serious about expanding its foothold into the Australian heavy-duty off-road market.
Few attendees could resist a look over the impressive rig, and Offroad Trucks' owner Larry Gill regaled his audience with a constant stream of Tatra stats largely unknown to many Australian off-road operators.
This year Tatra's back, but with restricted space has a somewhat milder version of its unique off-road technology on display.
The Phoenix 6x6 tipper is all-Tatra from the ground up, but has a PACCAR 13-litre MX engine, 16-speed ZF AS-Tronic AMT transmission and is topped off by a fully electronic cab from the DAF CF range.
Tatra's all-wheel drive system depends on a central tubular chassis with modular swing-axle components added as required. For example, you could keep ticking boxes up to a 16x16 whopper with a 1417kW and 7000Nm CAT C32 V12 that's operating deep in the heart of the Siberian oil fields.
The Phoenix is a fairly simple set-up in Tatra terms. A 6x6 tipper with 340kW and 2300Nm of torque, the truck on display has an ultra heavy-duty three-way tipper body from Czech-based VS Mont. It has a 53-tonne GCM, swinging tailgate with double rear doors, hydraulic sides on left and right with Australian homologation.
Each axle can be fixed or steerable, and as in all Tatras, the Phoenix allows the driver to tailor the driveline to the conditions on the fly. Tatra trucks will never win a tare weight battle, but instead bring a bullet-proof central tube chassis and modular driveline to the worst possible off-road truck tasks.