Some have described its looks in rather derogatory terms, with a face only a mother could love. But when you’re working in Astra 8x8 territory, it’s performance not appearance that matters.
The Astra 8x8 is an off-road workhorse which is purpose-built to handle the roughest and toughest applications imaginable. The Astra is distributed in Australia as part of the Iveco Trucks range and is actually from an Italian manufacturer which was founded in the late 1940s.
It is the largest vehicle in the Iveco Trucks product range and features an impressive list of components which establish its credentials as a practical, functional vehicle for applications including exploration, water haulage, forestry, drilling, mining, elevated work platform jobs, off-road tipper work and concrete pumping.
Well Credentialed for Purpose
A very specialist vehicle, the Astra has massive ground clearance, all wheel drive 8x8, Cursor 13 engine with choice of 480 hp or 520 hp, differential locks on all axles, Iveco parabolic cantilever and the ZF Eurotronic II 16 speed automated transmission fitted as standard. This durable and intuitive transmission is an appreciated plus to relieve driver stress in the terrains where the Astra excels.
For applications which require a full automatic transmission, the Allison 4700 is available as an option.
As you would expect, the chassis is strong! High tensile steel C-section reinforced with cross members so it is well-suited for a wide range of bodies with minimal modification.
The Astra has GVM of 48 tonne and GCM of 70 tonne so it is more than capable of handling large loads. Suspension features include parabolic front leaf springs, rear Iveco cantilever springs and standard stabiliser bars on both the first and fourth axles.
The Cursor 13 engine is equipped with SCR (Selective Catalytic Reduction) technology which meets current Euro5/ADR 80-03 standards while improving fuel consumption and engine efficiency.
No-Nonsense Looks Conceal Hidden Comforts
Despite being a seriously, heavy-duty workhorse, the Astra is not lacking on driver enhancements. Behind the utilitarian façade is well-equipped cab, reached by a three step ladder and grab rails.
Driver comfort is enhance from the spring suspended cabin and the IRIS air suspended seat which has a wide range of adjustments. Electric windows, four speed ventilation and heating system, ergonomically-designed dashboard and thoughtfully, controls which can be operated while wearing work gloves, all add to the comfort and convenience factor. For practicality, heavy duty seals assist in keeping the dust out and the interior is washable and fireproof.
Specialist Vehicle, Superb Support
While a specialist vehicle with a niche market, the Astra 8x8 still comes with the same Iveco after sales service and support from its dealer network across the country.
So if it’s function over appearance you’re after, the Astra 8x8 is worth considering for off-road working environments where you really want a vehicle with proven performance in the toughest conditions.
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Before heading to your local Iveco dealer for an Astra demo, why not speak with Jade Truck Loans first for pre-arranged finance or try our online truck loan repayment calculator here.
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