Diesel pusher chassis supplier Spartan Motors Inc. unveiled its new K3 model during the National RV Trade Show in Louisville last week.
The K3 features what Spartan believes is the strongest frame structure in the motorhome industry, allowing OEMs to design floorplans where slideouts can be deployed at both sides of the coach at the same time.
It includes a 525-hp Cummins ISX engine and an Allison 4000MH six-speed automatic transmission that provides 1,650 foot-pounds of torque and offers a towing capacity of 15,000 pounds.
The K3’s strength comes from a reinforced raised structural frame consisting of a web of steel frame rails and substructural support beams.
“We expect the K3 chassis to expand Spartan’s market share leadership in the upper-end diesel segment, where our innovation, structural integrity and custom features stand out from the competition,” said John Sztykiel, Spartan’s president and CEO.
“While the entry-level diesel sector is showing strong unit growth, the fastest growing segment is 500-hp and above motorhomes,” Sztykiel added. “The K3 specifically targets this trend and we expect it to be the standard bearer for OEMs and end-users looking for the premier chassis in the world.”
So far, Spartan has delivered K3 prototypes to motorhome builders and regular K3 production is scheduled to begin during the second quarter of 2004.