Up close look at CAT’s new Class 8 truck

Recently, Caterpillar announced a second model to its new line of vocationally-focused work trucks and unveiled the Class 8 CT681 truck at the company’s Edwards Proving Grounds outside of Peoria, Ill.

The CT681 borrows heavily from the existing CT660 model, but also features a host of enhancements designed specifically for tough vocational applications such as snowplow, mixer, dump and super dump.

The truck features a set-forward front axle for a longer wheelbase with a 114-inch BBC measurement.

Power is provided by CAT’s CT Series Vocational Truck Engine family, with several ratings from 365 to 430 horsepower available. Schmitz says CAT’s truck engine philosophy is “still evolving,” but says additional, higher horsepower ratings will appear in the near future.

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