Peterbilt launches Model 587

| March 24, 2010
Peterbilt Model 587
Peterbilt Model 587

Peterbilt Motors Co. today, March 24, introduced the new on-highway, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s SmartWay-certified Model 587.

The company said as an evolution of its Model 387, the new Model 587 is Peterbilt’s new standard for on-highway fuel efficiency, technology and serviceability.

Available with two sleepers or in a day cab configuration, the Model 587 is designed for long-haul fleets, driving teams and owner-operators.

The Model 587 day cab captures the fuel efficiency and aerodynamic styling of the Model 587 and transforms it into a day cab configuration for tanker and regional haul applications.  The cab interior has swivel seats, dual arm rests and a 30-inch walk-through space.

According to the company, the new Model 587 features:

•           Aerodynamics – A 2.5 percent decrease in drag that results in a 1.25 percent fuel efficiency gain.

•           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 down road visibility.  Optional High Intensity Discharge lights provide over a 200 percent increase in brightness. 

•           Battery/tool box – A new gas spring design facilitates opening and closing and includes a T-handle lock. 

•           Safety – The Model 587 comes equipped with standard front Bendix air disc brakes.

•           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. 


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.  

Peterbilt also announced the availability of the new Paccar MX engine for Class 8 vehicles. Beginning in summer 2010, the new engine will be available in Peterbilt Models 587, 388, 386, 384, 367 and 365. The engine is available with a horsepower range of 380hp-485hp and torque outputs up to 1,750 lb.-ft. with a displacement of 12.9 liters. The engine uses Selective Catalytic Reduction in combination with exhaust gas recirculation to meet the EPA 2010 diesel engine emissions regulations.

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.

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