FUEL EFFICIENT, QUIET ENGINE
The DMC-80 prototype is driven by a
water-cooled, six cylinder, horizontal,
in-line 200 hp (net) diesel engine which
can be supplied by either MAN or
Mercedes-Benz. Optional 240 hp (net)
and 280 hp (net) engines are available.
The sound absorbing engine
compartment provides quiet operation.
While accelerating at a maximum rate,
engine noise level is only 74dbA at a
distance of 23 feet from the bus.
The DMC-80 utilizes a proven automatic
transmission with hydraulic retarder.
Both 3- and 4-speed versions of the
transmission are available.
AIR SUSPENSION AND
The bus is supported by two air bellows
at the front and four air bellows at the
rear. Suspension travel is controlled by
four shock absorbers at each axle.
Loading on the single real axle is legal in
all 50 states.
Three independent braking systems
minimize the probability of total brake
failure. In Hamburg, the fleet average
brake lining life, without retarder, was
The first generation DMC-80 will use
fully warranted, medium profile tires;
later versions may feature the low
profile tire now in development.