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Truck & Driver|July 2020

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We spend a couple of weeks with Iveco’s top-spec Stralis 570XP - possibly the best kept secret on the road right now
Dougie Rankine, Chris Maddison
The most powerful 13-litre truck on the market is produced by Iveco, but curiously the Italian manufacturer has never shouted about it. The 570hp Cursor 13 engine hasn’t picked up many sales in the UK (neither has the 510hp version) but they have accumulated a cult following. Mated to the TraXon auto box running Iveco’s bespoke software, the range-topping Stralis has a character like no other truck. It’s powerful, responsive and rewarding to drive.

The Stralis is of course right at the end of its production life, with the S-Way finally due to arrive here this summer. The new truck is sure to attract much greater interest. Underneath the existing Stralis cab, the driveline that’ll be used in the S-Way has been in service since 2017 and the update to Euro 6c, then 6d.

It was with great delight we were able to get hold of Iveco’s own press demonstrator in March, right before the Covid-19 lockdown. A flagship 570XP, it would not only give us the opportunity to say farewell to the Stralis, but it would also give us an idea of what to expect performance-wise from the new S-Way.

The 69 plates Stralis was delivered to Iveco dealers North West Truck & Van in Newcastle, where I picked it up for four days driving with W Martin Oliver Transport (who I ran the Range-T High Racing Sport for a few weeks before).

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Having spent a lot of time in Stralis units from 2017 until I got the T&D job, ranging from a million mile 55 plate 480 to a brand new gas-powered 400, I’m familiar with the trucks and have really grown to like them. I’ve always felt the online vitriol aimed at the model to be unfair; the Stralis has ended up the underdog, but in the case of the 570 it’s more than capable of scalping many rivals.

I’d been after one of these for a while. It swallows a full week's worth of tramping gear no problem. The truck has the big under bunk fridge; the standard one located beside the driver seat is still there and doesn’t appear to be hooked up, but it still functions as storage. The overhead lockers are on the small side, but all my bulky luggage is safely stored on the upper bunk.

There’s so much storage in a Stralis, on the cab walls, and under the bunk. Also there are four external lockers, a box under the seat, loads of space in the door pockets, and I love the three holders on the front of the little fridge for my mug, flask, and a spray bottle of G101. I get pretty much everything squared away so it’s tidy, and it’s just where I can reach it.

All I have to do that night is head up to Oliver’s yard on the A69 and hook into a trailer ready for delivery the following day. I was pleased to find this model has the luxury bunk, the solid, standard version has made the Stralis no friends over the years but this one was very comfortable and I enjoy a fine night’s sleep.

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July 2020