Spartan Unveiling Extol ‘Concept’ Gas Chassis
Spartan Chassis Inc., a subsidiary of Spartan Motors Inc., today (Nov. 27) presented a new Class A Front Engine Gasoline (FEG) concept chassis to capitalize on the growth of smaller Class A recreational vehicles (22K to 28K GVWR) and the increasing demand for gasoline powered engines in the motorized segment.
Code named the Extol, this chassis presented at the RVIA National RV Trade Show in Louisville, Ky., offers signigficant powertrain and chassis performance improvements which will enable RV OEMs and their dealers to capture additional sales, according to a news release.
Powered by an 8.8 Liter engine that offers 430 HP and 512 lb.-ft. of torque (@3400 RPM) the engine offers a sizable performance improvement over current offerings in the market today. Branded Spartan and developed in cooperation with Power Solutions International, Inc. (PSI) (OTCBB:PSIX.OB) a leader in the design, engineering and manufacture of engines for industrial and off/on-road markets, the engine is right-sized to the Class A growth opportunity and offers the performance end-users seek for an improved driving and ownership experience.
“This new chassis development illustrates both our long-term commitment to the RV business and, more importantly, our interest to continually find new business growth opportunities for our OEM partners in the RV industry.”
The Extol value proposition includes multiple dimensions including:
- Chassis performance: a superior ride quality achieved through use of Spartan’s proprietary suspension and the new Compression Fluid Strut.
- Superior handling: achieved by tuning the chassis to the size, weight distribution, and profile of the RV OEM’s body.
- Engine performance: the 8.8-liter gasoline engine provides a durable, high-performance big block engine which delivers a 20% improvement in power and 15% better fuel-efficiency than previous models.
- Engine durability: the heavy-duty, durable design includes a significantly stronger crankcase and a forged and induction hardened crankshaft, creating a block that can deliver 1,000 ft-lb of torque.
About Spartan Chassis Inc.
Spartan Chassis Inc. is a world-class leader in the engineering, manufacturing and marketing of chassis and aftermarket parts for emergency-response, recreational vehicle (RV), defense and specialty vehicles. End users recognize and request the Spartan Chassis brand, which consistently delivers superior performance, exceptional safety ratings and innovations which distinguish us from the competition. Visit Spartan Chassis at www.spartanchassis.com.