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Powertrain

Powerful performance
on rugged terrain.

Engineered for the Middle East. All components of the Actros powertrain, including the powerful engines, are designed to withstand the tough requirements of the region. Everything from the double-plate clutch to the climate control system are designed with safety and comfort in mind. However extreme the climatic conditions and however difficult the terrain, the Actros will continue to operate smoothly.

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Engine designation OM501 LA OM501 LA OM501 LA OM501 LA OM502 LA OM502 LA
Engine type V6 V6 V6 V6 V8 V8
Displacement (l) 11,946 11,946 11,946 11,946 15,928 15,928
KW 230 260 290 315 350 390
Horsepower 313 354 394 428 476 530
Max torque (Nm) 1,530 1,730 1,850 2,000 2,300 2,400
Emission class Euro 2 Euro 2 Euro 2 Euro 2 Euro 2 Euro 2
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Engine designation OM501 LA OM501 LA OM501 LA OM501 LA OM502 LA OM502 LA OM502 LA
Engine type V6 V6 V6 V6 V8 V8 V8
Displacement (l) 11,946 11,946 11,946 11,946 15,928 15,928 15,928
KW 235 265 300 320 370 395 425
Horsepower 320 360 408 435 503 537 578
Max torque (Nm) 1,650 1,850 2,000 2,100 2,400 2,500 2,700
Emission class Euro 3 Euro 3 Euro 3 Euro 3 Euro 3 Euro 3 Euro 3
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G210-16 G240-16 G280 -16 G330-12
Gearshift options
  • Telligent Gearshift II
  • Telligent Automated Gearshift II
  • Hydraulic Gearshift
  • Telligent Gearshift II
  • Telligent Automated Gearshift II
  • Hydraulic Gearshift

PowerShift*

PowerShift*

Forward gears 16 16 16 12
Reverse gears 2 2 4 4
Ratio spread 14.2 - 0.83 11.7 - 0.69 11.7 - 0.69 11.63 - 0.77
* only with Euro 3
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Proven V6 engines offer excellent fuel efficiency.

The Actros V6 engines with a displacement of 11.9 litres are available in performance categories from 230 kW (313 hp) to 320 kW (435 hp). Equipped with an exhaust turbocharger with charge-air intercooling, maximum torque is already achieved at 1080 rpm. This optimum power characteristic is very fuel-efficient.

These 6-cylinder engines with electronic control have been on the market many years and are used predominantly for short-radius transport tasks (construction sites, deliveries, waste disposal). However, the 394 hp version is also used for long-distance traffic.

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Our most powerful V8 engine: for the longest, heaviest tasks.

The powerful V8 engines are perfect for demanding long-distance transport tasks and for heavy construction assignments, e.g. in conjunction with the 3-axle tipping semitrailer for heavy-duty use. They have an output ranging from 350 kW (476 hp) to 425 kW (578 hp) and a displacement of 15.9 litres. The fan boost system improves the cooling power. Fuel consumption remains modest and the ample power is always on tap due to the fact that the maximum torque is already achieved at only 1080 rpm.

High-performance engine cooling keeps you going in any weather.

High-performance engine cooling keeps you going in any weather.

However searing the heat, the Actros never loses its cool. An ultra-high-performance engine cooling system takes care of everything from the cooling duct in the pistons to the maintenance-free fan boost system. Thanks to its ample safety reserves, the system ensures that engine and gearbox temperatures always remain down in the green range.

Optional clutch for high loads and especially easy operation.

The single-plate dry clutch with a diameter of 395 mm is fitted as standard for all Actros vehicles. It ensures that the clutch operation with a minimum of effort, thanks to the pneumatic pressure booster. A reinforced single-plate clutch with 430 mm diameter is optionally available and is particularly suitable for demanding applications with higher loads and in off-road conditions. Thanks to its design, it significantly reduces wear and tear.

Optional clutch for high loads and especially easy operation.
Gearboxes minimise stress – for the driver and the powertrain.

Gearboxes minimise stress – for the driver and the powertrain.

The constant-mesh gearboxes for the Actros offer optimum gear spread matched to engine power ratings – thanks to 16 forward and 2 reverse gears. The driver can change gears using the Telligent® shift system or the Telligent® automatic shift system. Both options combine easy shifting with minimal mechanical stress on the power train. Hydraulic manual shifting is also available.

Ultra-strong, customisable axles meet all transport needs.

Ultra-strong, customisable axles meet all transport needs.

In the Middle East, axles have to stand up to a great deal. Cast axles are used in most Actros applications. The rear axles are of the cast-steel planetary-drive type with the option of either disc or drum brakes. And the Actros’ standard 5-leaf spring has earned the reputation of being “indestructible” – making it an ideal choice for harsh conditions.

Smart transmission options boost comfort and efficiency.

Smart transmission options boost comfort and efficiency.

The Actros transmission comes with four different gearshift options:

  • Manual shifting
  • Telligent® shift system
  • Telligent® automatic shift system
  • PowerShift automatic gearshift system

The Telligent® gearshift system reduces shifting effort to a minimum. All the driver has to do is move the gear lever slightly forward or back and press the clutch to confirm his choice. The Telligent® shift system then selects the correct gear. This protects the powertrain and reduces the driver’s workload.

The Telligent® automatic gearshift system monitors engine speed, load, and road speed to select the ideal gear. It shifts automatically and the driver simply selects the starting gear and does not have to either operate the clutch or shift gears.

Mercedes-Benz PowerShift®. Gear shifting that saves fuel.

The PowerShift® automatic gearshift system is, thanks to its rugged gearbox technology and a superior shift strategy, the number one choice even in the case of demanding topography. The functionalities that can be selected by the driver mean greater economy, comfort and enhanced everyday operation:

  • Greater economy thanks to EcoRoll mode.
  • Enhanced everyday operation thanks to Manoeuvring mode, Rock-free mode and Power mode.
  • Enhanced operating comfort thanks to fast reverse gears and direct shift from 1st gear to Reverse.
Mercedes-Benz PowerShift<sup>®</sup>. Gear shifting that saves fuel.
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