Volvo presented the forward control F88 in 1965. The truck was the first part of the company's export-oriented "System 8", which served as basis for the truck giant Volvo is today. The F88 sold well internationally and began a reputation for durable cab-over trucks.
The F88 cab had already been introduced on the predecessor Titan Tiptop in 1964, but the rest of the truck was redesigned. This included a new engine, a new eight-speed gear box and stronger chassis and suspension.
A derivative was the G88 introduced in 1970, which was basically the same vehicle but with the front axle fitted 300 mm (11.8 in) further forward to allow greater axle spread. This was necessary to increase the GCWR up to 52.5 tonnes (51.7 long tons).
In 1971 the larger 'F89' was introduced, with the new twelve litre engine, which development started in 1969. The truck and the engine were designed to meet a West German regulation that put a lower limit for the number of horsepower per GCWR. In order to continue selling trucks in the heaviest class, Volvo developed a new, more powerful engine and the F89 was the first Volvo truck to be sold with turbo engines only. The TD120 engine was so tall that it must be mounted inclined in the frame to fit under the cab. This made it impossible to convert the truck for right-hand drive. Countries with left-hand traffic had to make do with a stronger version of the F88 with its engine power boosted to 312 hk (229 kW).
|F88||1965-77||Volvo D100: I6 ohv||9,602 cc (585.9 cu in)||200 bhp (149 kW)||Diesel engine|
|F88||1965-77||Volvo TD100: I6 ohv||9,602 cc (585.9 cu in)||260–312 hk (191–229 kW)||Turbodiesel|
|F89||1970-77||Volvo TD120: I6 ohv||11,979 cc (731.0 cu in)||330 bhp (246 kW)||Turbodiesel|
Volvo G88 dashboard.
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- Volvo Trucks Global - F88
- Volvo Trucks Global - F89
Volvo Trucks timeline, 1920s - 1960s