Volvo Iron Knight Truck

Aug 26, 2016

Category: Rides

Usually when people think of Volvo, images of family-friendly station wagons are conjured in their minds. And those are exactly the kinds of values that Volvo has built their reputation upon: family, safety, and little else. So when we tell you that this colossus of theirs, The Iron Knight, has broken two world speed records – we hope that your jaws drop the way that ours did.

Outfitted with a beastly quad-turbocharged 13-liter diesel engine, the mid-mounted power plant pumps out 2,400 ponies along with a whopping 4,425 lb-ft of torque. This setup helps the 10,000 pound truck sprint to 62 mph from a complete standstill in just 4.6 seconds on its way to a top speed of 171.5 mph. The truck set two new land speed records, including the 500 meter (reached in just 13.71 seconds with an average speed of 81.6 mph) and the 1,000 meter (reached in 21.29 seconds with an average speed of 109 mph) – both from a standing start. What’s even more impressive, however, is that this truck was custom made aside from two major features: the engine and the I-Shift Dual Clutch transmission, which are both built and tuned to factory standards. That means the engine and gear box under the hood of this monster are available to the general public. Sure, you’re not likely to get your hands on the Iron Knight itself, but the fact that Volvo built this vehicle to showcase some widely available tech makes it all the more impressive. See this thing in action in the video below.

Volvo Iron Knight Truck 0

Volvo Iron Knight 4

Volvo Iron Knight Truck 2

HiConsumption is reader-supported. When you buy through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more

More From Rides

Fuel Up Your Tech-Filled Days With Fresh Homemade Nitro Cold Brew

GrowlerWerks’ uKeg Nitro Cold Brew Coffee Maker lets you be your own barista.

Posted By Johnny Brayson

Partner

Give Dad The Knife He Deserves This Year With 'The Pike' By The James Brand

Pairing beautiful rosewood scales with a hard-wearing Sandvik 12c27 steel blade.

Posted By Gray Van Dyke

Partner
Featured Image

ABT’s Johann Abt Signature Edition Audi RS6s Is An 800HP Hyper-Wagon

Honoring ABT's founder and 125th anniversary with 64 JAS Edition RS6s.

Posted By

Jun 11, 2021

Featured Image

You Could Own This Ultra-Rare 75 Turbo Evoluzione, The ‘Last True Alfa’ Ever

Powered by the first supercharged engine the Italian automaker built for the masses.

Posted By

Jun 11, 2021

Featured Image

Toyota Revamped The Legendary Land Cruiser For The First Time Since 2007

Adopting the GA-F platform for improved handling both on- and off-road.

Posted By

Jun 10, 2021

Featured Image

This Supercharged GR 86 Proves Toyota’s Coupe Is Prime Tuning Material

Gaining a GT2 supercharger kit and a slew of stylistic updates all around.

Posted By

Jun 10, 2021