In 2012 Volvo will begin to produce the Volvo FH16 750 which will be its and the world’s most powerful truck.

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2012 is also the 25th Anniversary of the launch of Volvo’s 16-litre engine which we first saw in 1987 in a Volvo F16-470.

So how much has changed in that 25 year period?  There’s only one way to find out.

Tachoblog’s good friend Brian Weatherly (former editor-in-chief of ‘Commercial Motor’ and ‘Truck & Driver’, freelance writer, founder of the Biglorryblog – oh and he’s the UK’s International Truck of the Year jury member too)  put the original Volvo 470hp F16 head-to-head with the new Volvo FH16-750 in a heritage haulage challenge.

[How come we never get to try things like that wonders Tachoblog]

Both trucks were driven a distance of 2,200 metres on a seven per cent gradient, up one of Sweden’s toughest ascents – known as the Gothenburg hill located just outside Jönköping.

Now click below to see what happened when the Volvo FH16 750 took on the F16 470…

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For Brian, driving the Volvo F16-470 again, after so many years, brought back a great many memories and served as a reminder of how advanced the original 16-litre was when it was first released.

However, the relative ease with which the Volvo FH16-750 powered up the Gothenburg hill really hit home and showed just how much progress has been made since then.

And you can see Brian’s video report below.