<span class="ev_code_RED">New W25.5 Gas Chassis Leads Latest Offerings
UNION CITY, IN, Nov. 29, 2005
"” A raft of exciting new products await visitors to the Workhorse booth at the National RV Trade Show. Three trends are evident: big keeps getting bigger, power keeps getting more powerful "” and Workhorse keeps setting the standard for others to imitate.
First, Workhorse continues to take the gasoline Class A platform deep into diesel territory with the introduction of the W25.5 "” a 25,500 lb. GVWR gasoline chassis.
It's the latest addition to a lineup that includes Workhorse's popular W24 platform "” up until now the largest capacity gas motor home chassis. The W25.5 will be coming off the line for OEMs to use in February. Any manufacturer with a model currently built on the W24 will be able to instantly use the W25.5.
Like the W24, the W25.5 gives motor home manufacturers extra capacity to put more diesel-like amenities into their gas coaches. The W25.5 has beefed up axle ratings and suspensions attached to a 50,000 psi steel frame with heavy-duty 9.6-inch steel rails. Those features and others found on the W24 continue to set the pace of chassis development "” including electronic throttle control, optional push-button shifter, Transmission Grade Braking, advanced Quadraulic™ disc brakes, standard rear track bar, dual exhausts, new-technology two-leaf parabolic springs and unique Like-Air™ auxiliary springs.
The customer-driven thought behind this platform is evident in such things as the lower doghouse and a leather-wrapped, 18-inch steering wheel that makes it easy to see the gauges and obtain a comfortable driving position. The platform also boasts the new Allison six-speed 2100 MH transmission, the only six-speed transmission in a gas platform that helps take the performance of GM's Big Block 8.1L Vortec engine to a new level.
Super Sport Chassis takes motor home owners back to muscle-car days
Workhorse Custom Chassis is also putting more muscle into its popular W Series gas platform by introducing a new, limited-edition super sport chassis option for its 2006 W20, W22, W24 and W25.5 models.
The SSC option brings a whole new "muscle-car"¯
experience to the Vortec-powered chassis. Its stainless-steel tuned headers improve the GM Big Block engine's exhaust flow, lowering back pressure and increasing performance. The 8.1L engine has always been a leader in gasoline motor home performance. Now, new data shows the Workhorse chassis owns an even more superior advantage over its competition.
"Recently released test data shows that our standard chassis still has significant performance advantages over the new Ford. We're introducing the SSC to widen the gap between us and the competition,"¯ said Bob Wert, vice president of sales, marketing and product planning for Workhorse. "We became accustomed to out-performing the others. Now, we are out-performing ourselves."¯
For instance, the new SSC can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in only 25.4 seconds. That would put you ahead of the top-performing standard Workhorse chassis by almost two seconds. When pulling out into traffic that's a huge advantage over any other motor home.
But that's just the beginning of this new "sport"¯ option. Workhorse has enhanced the suspension with a rear track bar along with performance-tuned Bilstein® shocks to further boost the superior handling of the W Series platform. This means it performs and handles more like a sports car than you ever thought a motor home chassis could.
Drivers will immediately know they are in a muscle motor home when they sit behind the wheel. Staring back at them is a deluxe instrument panel that can track transmission temperature, manifold intake pressure and engine intake air temperature. And lookers-on will know there's something special under the motor home as well. Dual chrome exhaust tips, SSC coach decals and a pair of exclusive owner jackets will broadcast the bragging rights of this chassis all over the campgrounds.
The chassis is available to all manufacturers, and motor home buyers are encouraged to request the SSC package when ordering from their dealers. The platform is a limited edition and is expected to be in hot demand. The package's suggested retail price is $3,579.
Below are the results of extensive testing Workhorse conducted at Bosch Proving Grounds in South Bend, IN.
Metric Workhorse SSC Option
0-60mph(solo) 27.2sec 25.4sec
0-60mph(tow) 31.5sec 30.1sec
40-60mph(merge) 14.3sec 13.9sec
50-70mph(pass) 20.2sec 19.6sec
New Six-Speed Allison Tranny has RVers Talking
If five is good, six is a lot better. That's what RVers have been telling Workhorse representatives at the fall shows. The new Allison six-speed transmission has definitely captured the fancy of RV'ers who appreciate top-notch performance.
Coupled with GM's Vortec™ 8.1 L engine, the new Allison tranny provides unsurpassed passing and merging acceleration. Another great feature is its two overdrive gears, which allow RVers to go down the highway at reduced RPMs,
providing a quieter and more comfortable ride.
No other gas motor home chassis offers a six-speed transmission. Workhorse has equipped the W24 and W25.5 with the Allison 2100 MH Series transmission, while the W20 and W22 have the Allison 1000 MH Series automatic.
The transmission comes with Castrol TranSynd™
synthetic fluid that increases its maintenance interval to 100,000 miles and extends its warranty to five years or 200,000 miles, the most extensive warranty available for a gas-powered platform.
RVers also will enjoy the Transmission Grade Braking
built into the Allison. This helps slow the coach when it's descending steep grades, making the ride feel safer and more secure while extending brake life.
Specializing in the manufacture of chassis for motor homes, walk-in trucks and buses, as well as integrated walk-in trucks, Workhorse Custom Chassis is ISO 9001 certified and considered a leader in the motor home and walk-in truck industries. For more information call toll-free 877-294-6773 or visit Workhorse.com