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MAN TGX XXL Rigid Tractor 6x4
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by: Frederick Boucher [ JPTRR ]

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MAN TGX XXL rigid tractor 6x4
Item 158626
Scale 1/87
Collection: CARS&TRUCKS
Brochure Herpa Cars & Trucks 2011 / 07-08

Rolled out to the public at the 2007 European Transport Road Show the MAN TGX V8 is the flagship of MAN Nutzfahrzeuge Trucknology® Generation series. Declared the most powerful truck in Europe, the TGX V8 is designed to carry the heaviest loads over the most challenging terrain for long distances.

MAN TGX series is a family of rigid and articulated trucks. The vehicles are powered by 4 or 6-cylinder MAN engines of the D20 or D26 series generating from 264 KW (360 HP) up to 397 KW (540 HP), connected to an advanced MAN transmission. MAN constructs the frame in a ladder design supported by 4X2 and 6X4 axle configurations. Vehicle length is 10725 mm (35 ft.) with a GVM of 26,000 kg (57,320 lbs.).

MAN’s new 680 HP (500 KW) 8-cylinder common-rail V8 is claimed to be the most powerful in Europe. It complies with Euro 5 SCR exhaust technology standards. A MAN ZF AS-Tronic “Tipmatic” transmission transmits the power to the drivetrain. Driver reports compare the acceleration as similar to some sports cars, even under load!

For driver comfort MAN offers the option of the XLX or XXL cab. The XXL cab is designed for long haul with high-class standards for the TGX V8 top model. Distinctive external identifiers include the V8 logos on the front and side, the special exhaust damper fairing as well as the exclusive aluminum wheel rims with V-spoke design.1

MAN TGX XXL Rigid Tractor 6x4
This model is fully assembled and packed in a light plastic form-fitted tray secured in a light cardboard box with a cellophane display window and opening ends. I cannot find any flaws in the molding nor assembly. The exterior features fine recessed lines for doors and hoods and panels. The chassis is very detailed with the frame, battery box, fuel tanks, transmission, drive shaft, differential, axles, and suspension. The front axle can be made steerable with a Herpa steering kit.

Topside is a fifth-wheel and the detailed cab.

The windshield and windows are free of distortion. You can see the nice interior.

Each of the 10 wheels has rubber tires and plastic hubcaps.

Individual clear lenses simulate the headlights and tinted clear lenses detail the tail lights.

The windshield wipers are part of the separate black chrome combing around the windshield. The model has slots in the front of the cab doors where the optional separate side view mirrors are inserted. Although the mirrors are delicate, it is a simple process.

Herpa engineered the soft plastic tires to slip over the rims. They display good detail.

Inside of the cab is detail almost worth popping the cab off for, with bucket seats, the steering wheel, console, stick shift, and dashboard detailing.

The cab tilts forward to expose a detailed V8 engine.

Livery and Finish
The model and components are molded in color. MAN’s logo and other features are chromed. Other emblems and markings are sharply printed, not decals. Herpa does not use decals.

This model is available in rot/red.

This MAN TGX is an impressive model with good plastic detail and great finishing. It has a detailed chassis, lenses for lights, a detailed interior which is visible through the clear windows, and the tilting cab to reveal the V8. Printing is sharp. Highly recommended.

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1 MAN Truck & Bus. XXL Cab. http://www.mantruckandbus.com/en/Products_and_solutions/MAN_Lkw/productdetails/XXL_cab.jsp?openAsPopup=true. N.d.
Highs: Excellent molding and detail, detailed cab interior, and V8 engine. Clear lenses for lights.
Lows: Only in red.
Verdict: An impressive model of this exception heavy-haul truck.
Percentage Rating
  Scale: 1:87
  Mfg. ID: 158626
  Suggested Retail: €11,50
  Related Link: MAN TGX Models
  PUBLISHED: Aug 20, 2011

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About Frederick Boucher (JPTRR)

I'm a professional pilot with a degree in art. My first model was an AMT semi dump truck. Then Monogram's Lunar Lander right after the lunar landing. Next, Revell's 1/32 Bf-109G...cried havoc and released the dogs of modeling! My interests--if built before 1900, or after 1955, then I proba...

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