The new four-cylinder Isuzu FTR truck achieved a competitive all-around showing in independent testing, according to results announced by Isuzu Commercial Truck of America.
The program tested the acceleration, braking, turning radius, hill climbing, and fuel economy of the FTR. Tests were conducted by Pro Formance Group in Chandler, Ariz., and the results were certified by the Sports Car Club of America.
“We’re thrilled with the results of these tests, which were conducted independently, verified and certified,” said Shaun Skinner, president of Isuzu Commercial Truck of America.
One of the Isuzu FTR’s strengths was in fuel economy for both mountain routes and in stop-and-go city driving. The acceleration tests, which looked at 0-20, 0-30, 0-40, 0-50, 0-60, and 30-50 miles per hour acceleration, showed how well the 5.2 liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine managed across the board. The engine produces 215 horsepower and 520 lbs.-ft. of torque.
In braking, the FTR averaged a 55-0 mile per hour stopping distance of 180 feet and a 30-0 mile per hour stopping distance of 53 feet.
The hill-climb tests measured time and speed to altitude. From 3,520 to 4,500 feet, the FTR averaged a time of 05:15.97 minutes at a maximum speed of 34.6 miles per hour, and averaged 02:23.69 minutes at a maximum speed of 35.1 miles per hour from 2,180 to 2,600 feet. In maneuverability testing, the FTR had a measured curb-to-curb turning diameter of 49.0833 feet.
The testing methods were designed by PFG to emphasize consistency and repeatability of results. In addition to SCCA — which sanctioned, observed and validated all testing procedures — PFG engaged Trivinci Systems of Ashburn, Va., to provide all instrumentation and an engineer to capture, record, and analyze all data during testing.