Isuzu Commercial Truck of America, Inc. is proud to announce the results of a recent independent test of the all-new FTR. The Class 6 FTR went up against five of its top competitors in acceleration, braking, maneuverability, fuel economy and more. The FTR has a 5.2-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that provides 215 hp and 520 lbs-ft of torque.
Isuzu aknowledged there were some in the industry who had doubts the new four-cylinder Class 6 FTR could compete with similar six-cylinder models, but testing has proven the FTR is tops in maneuverability and fuel economy.
The FTR competed against the following trucks:
- Freightliner M2 106
- Navistar DuraStar 4300
- Hino 268A
- Ford F-650
- Kenworth K270
The tests were conducted by Pro Formance Group, Inc. (PFG), in Chandler, Arizona, with results certified by the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA).
The tests were:
- Fuel economy (measured on both a 198.7-mile mountain route and a 120.7-mile city route with 24 “delivery stops”)
- Acceleration (0–20, 0–30, 0–40, 0–50, 0–60 and 30–50 miles per hour)
- Braking (55–0 and 30–0 mph)
- Time and speed on two separate hill climbs
- Measured turning radius
Results for the FTR were:
- Fuel economy: Placed first on the mountain route and in stop-and-go city driving
- Acceleration: Consistently in the middle of the pack
- Braking: Averaged a distance of 180 ft from 55mph – 0, and a distance of 53 ft from 30mph – 0
- Hill Climb: 2,180 to 2,600 feet: 02:23.69 minutes at a maximum speed of 35.1 mph
3,520 to 4,500 feet: 05:15.97 minutes at a maximum speed of 34.6 mph
- Maneuverability: Clear winner – with a curb-to-curb turning diameter of 49.08 feet. Besting second-place by 1.79 feet and last-place by nearly 20 feet.
This allows the FTR to carry a 24-foot dry freight box on a wheelbase of only 212 inches, compared to a 250-inch wheelbase required by all the competing vehicles.