As we moved off the highway onto two-lane back roads, my confidence remained high. The combination of engine power and tight steering held into the hill country as sharp curves and steep grades appeared out of the mist. The CT660 gobbled up everything the road had to offer without a hiccup. Very few drivers behind us seemed to feel the need to pass, even on this hilly, two-lane highway.
Based on my time behind the wheel of the CT660, you can expect Caterpillar to make its mark on trucking in a new way.
2012 CAT CT660 DRIVE TEST SPECS
GVWR: 66,000 pounds.
STARTABILITY/GRADEABILITY: 36.30 percent/2.83 percent at 55 mph
FUEL ECONOMY: 6.47 mpg at 55 mph
DIMENSIONS: Wheelbase: 207 inches; cab to axle: 145 inches; usable cab to axle: 139 inches; axle to frame: 63 inches
ENGINE: CT13, 475 hp at 1,700 rpm; 1,700 lb.-ft. torque at 1,000 rpm; 2,100 governed rpm
AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION: Caterpillar CX31, six speeds, with PTO, provision for on/off highway
FRONT AXLE, NONDRIVING: Meritor MFS-20-133A wide-track, I-beam type, 20,000-pound capacity
REAR AXLE, TANDEM: Meritor RT-46-164P, single-reduction, standard width, 46,000-pound capacity. Rear axle gear ratio: 4.89
REAR SUSPENSION, TANDEM: Hendrickson Primaax EX 55-inch axle spacing; 46,000-pound capacity