Iveco Powerstar at Brisbane Truck Show. Photo Keith Hawley
Iveco Powerstar at Brisbane Truck Show. Photo Keith Hawley Keith Hawley

Iveco struts in red

WE WERE stunned when Iveco rolled out their Powerstar 7800 at the Brisbane Truck Show this year.

While they didn't pick up any truck show awards, word on the street was that the Powerstar should have won.

Iveco launched an upgraded version of its 13-litre engine, the Cursor Series II, at the show by unveiling the standout Ferrari red heavy-duty Powerstar.

The truck was modified to the tune of $80,000 worth of extras, just for the show, total cost of build was about $430,000.

Some of the items of note were custom square fuel tanks, a one-off Texas front bumper, a carbon fibre wrapped sun visor, stainless air intakes, LED headlights, custom turntable, guards, caps and covers.

Iveco Powerstar at Brisbane Truck Show. Photo Keith Hawley
Iveco Powerstar at Brisbane Truck Show. Photo Keith Hawley Keith Hawley

The final product included a full-length deck plate, huge aftermarket tail pipes, automatic lubrication and an Icepack.

PJ's Truck Mechanical completed the accessories on the truck, Ultimate Bull Bars supplied the front bar, Big Boys Truck Wash spent hours detailing the truck and cleaned it over the four days of the truck show.

Progressive Panel and Paint supplied the tanks, Iveco Spare Parts covered the hub nut covers, Fleet Imaging did the scroll work, Hyway Truck Accessories did the reflectors and Briskair installed the automatic greasing system.

Iveco engineer Chris Andel was involved with customising the truck.

He said they were going for a highway road train look to show off the versatility of the Powerstar, which could be used for cattle crates or low loaders.

"We wanted a slick-looking road train, something different," he said.

"It was awesome, I loved it."

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