Peterbilt unveils aerodynamic Model 587 tractor

On Wednesday, March 24, 2010, in Louisville, Ky., Peterbilt introduced the new on-highway, EPA SmartWay certified Model 587, a truck the company calls a dynamic evolution of its Model 387 and “the new Peterbilt standard for on-highway fuel efficiency, technology and serviceability.”

“The new Model 587 is the culmination of design, engineering and customer feedback which resulted in an optimized truck that sets the standard for operational efficiency, operator comfort and safety for on-highway Class 8 trucks,” notes Bill Jackson, Peterbilt General Manager and Paccar vice president. “The Model 587 is available with the new Paccar MX engine, which brings a new level of innovation through industry-leading quality, exceptional reliability and proven performance.”

The Model 587 has earned the Environmental Protection Agency’s SmartWay certification, meaning the truck has been recognized as fuel efficient and environmentally friendly according to its comprehensive set of fuel-saving low-emissions equipment specifications for new Class 8 long-haul tractors and trailers. In accordance with that criteria, Peterbilt engineers note that the Model 587 offers customers fuel savings, lower greenhouse gas emissions, and significantly reduces NOx, particulate matter and other air pollutants.

The Model 587 is available with two sleepers or in a day cab configuration, making it an ideal aerodynamic option for long-haul fleets, driving teams or owner-operators. The cab interior has swivel seats, dual arm rests and a roomy 30-inch walk-through space providing a comfortable work and living environment for the operator. The dash layout features stylish colors and textures while gauges and switches are positioned within easy reach to provide an ergonomic work environment.


The new Model 587 features:

    • Aerodynamics – Peterbilt engineers designed a 2.5 percent decrease in drag that results in a 1.25 percent fuel efficiency gain. This is the result of a new streamlined hood design and molded bumper, tested and validated through wind tunnel and computational fluid dynamics testing.
    • Better Overall Visibility – The Model 587 provides an over 2 foot improvement in the driver’s forward line of sight.
    • Increased Maneuverability – The newly designed steering geometry improved curb-to-curb maneuverability by 12 percent.
    • Improved Forward Lighting – An increase of 35 percent brightness is achieved with the Model 587’s standard halogen lights. A projector module design is utilized for low beam lighting to provide enhanced road coverage and consistent light distribution. Complex reflector technology is used for high beam lighting to extend the light pattern for exceptional down road visibility. Optional High Intensity Discharge (HID) lights provide over a 200 percent increase in brightness.
    • Battery/Tool Box – A new robust gas spring design facilitates opening and closing and a durable, T-handle lock ensures items are stored away safety and securely.
    • Safety – The Model 587 comes equipped with standard front Bendix air disc brakes for exceptional performance in stopping distance, brake handling and ease of maintenance – an industry first according to Jackson.
    •  Serviceability – The hood features tilt-assist to facilitate hood opening and closing as well as an advanced anti-blow down protection device to help protect technicians  performing service. Landon Sproull, Peterbilt Chief Engineer, says particular attention was paid to serviceability features such as bonded construction, advanced circuit board technology and reduced wiring.

The Model 587 features the new 2010 PACCAR MX engine rated at 380 – 485 horsepower or the 2010 Cummins ISX15 available with a horsepower range of 400 to 600. Fuller Manual and Automatic transmissions are available with axle ratings up to 46,000 lbs.

In other news, Peterbilt:

    • Unveiled the Model 382 day cab for regional and shorter haul applications. It is powered by a new 2010 Cummins ISL9 with ratings range from 345-380 hp with a maximum 1300 lb.-ft. of torque;
    • Announced the availability of the new Paccar in-dash system, SmartNav, which features the navigation, vehicle diagnostics, communication and entertainment technologies in a touch-screen-operated unit customized for the trucking industry. SmartNav will be standard on all Peterbilt Premium level interiors, and as an available option on other interiors beginning in September;
    • Announced it will offer the Bendix Wingman Active Cruise with Braking, a radar-based collision mitigation technology, on the Models 389, 388, 587, 386, 384, 382, 367 and 365;
    • Announced the availability of an extended day cab for its complete lineup of Class 8 vehicles.  The extended day cab option adds 10 inches to its standard cab length. Additionally, the extended cab offers 2.5 inches of additional seat travel behind the wheel, 92 percent more seat room to recline and 4.5 cubic feet of storage behind the driver’s seat;
    • Announced immediate availability of the Fuller UltraShift PLUS Linehaul Active Shifting (Vocational Construction Series and Vocational Multipurpose Series) transmissions for Peterbilt Models 389, 388, 587, 386, 384, 367 and 365;
    • Announced the launch of its SmartSound package, designed to reduce cab noise and driver fatigue;
    • Announced the limited production availability of the Model 320 Hybrid Class 8 refuse truck;
    • Announced full production capability of natural gas powered Peterbilt truck Models 384, 365 and 320;
    • Announced an All-Wheel Drive option available for Models 337 and 348.