In partnership with: Neoplan with EcoLife
ENGINE 12.4-litre 6-cylinder MAN D26 POWER 420bhp (309kW) @1,800rpm
EMISSIONS Euro 6, using EGR and SCR GEARBOX ZF EcoLife six-speed automatic TYRES 295/70 R22.5
Few minor changes are
necessary to the driveline
to accommodate EcoLife
The fi rst EcoLife-equipped
Tourliner to arrive in the UK
is a 12.1m P21 model
TOURLINER GETS ZF ECOLIFE
The Neoplan Tourliner range is now as competitive as any other, thanks to
one of its mainattractions will be the addition of a fully-autogearbox
The new Neoplan Tourliner is an example
of evolution rather than revolution.
By adding the ZF EcoLife automatic
gearbox as an option, MAN has widened the
EcoLife is now available in every
Tourliner variant in the UK: The tri-axle P20
and P22, the 12.1m two-axle P21, and the
forthcoming 13.1m P10 that will permit
57 seats on two axles for the fi rst time.
The P21 is 12.1m long and seats
a maximum of 53, or 51 with a toilet.
As with the whole Tourliner range, it has
a flat fl oor and can be ordered in accessible
format with a cassette wheelchair lift.
A flat gangway gives the additional
benefi t of increasing underfl oor luggage
Changes to the driveline to accommodate
the EcoLife are minimal. Thanks to the
torque converter, a dual-mass fl ywheel
is no longer necessary, while the axle
ratio is altered to allow the engine speed
in top gear to remain similar, regardless
of gearbox choice.
MAN has standardised on the D26 in the
Tourliner at Euro 6c.
Its lowest output is 420bhp and
performance is sparkling.
Speed is gained rapidly, with the coach
showing an over-ambitious lorry driver
a very clean pair of heels away from traffi c
lights. Similarly, when joining the M602
from a standing start, the Tourliner was
up to the limited speed very quickly.
The fully-automatic option takes
a driveline that, at Euro 6c, is already
among the best and makes it even better,
while retaining good fuel effi ciency.
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20 / ROUTEONE.NET 25 JULY 2018