Irizar i8: Coach of the Year 2018 – Busworld Europe
Attractive styling and reliable built of the new Irizar i8 has won tons of accolades.
World´s leading bus and coach maker Irizar made a vibrant premiere of its flagship i8 luxury coach at this year edition of Busworld Europe event in Kortrijk, Belgium. The i8 has been nominated as the Best Coach of the Year 2018 in Europe by a jury of specialist journalists from the continent. The award is also claimed as a recognition to the bus maker´s strategic efforts to in recent times to position itself among the top independent OEMs in the industry.
Akin to other Irizar PB and Century coach ranges, the `i´ series is well-recognized in the European market for its dynamic design cues and innovative built. The latest i8 takes this unique personality of the buses to whole new levels, thanks to its strong visual impressions and bold stance. Take for instance the pronounced line that flows across all sides of the coach – a styling element that is far more refined and harmonious that most of its rivals. Not to miss out the abrupt lines generating suave reflections on the body.
The eye-ball grabbing V-shaped stainless trim on its chest, flanked on both sides by the new LED headlights, combined with the nicely fashioned windshield is revolutionary. The rear profile of the coach is even more evocative, thanks to aggressive tail lamps and air louvres for the engine compartment, in-sync with the coach’s style. On the inside, the highest level of personalisation is eminent, with driver and passenger comfort and utility given utmost preference.
Irizar i8 is available in four lengths – 12.4 m, 13.2 m. 14 m, and 14.98 metre. Seating arrangement can be either 2+2, 2+1 or 1+1 uber luxurious seating, with kitchen and washroom, and a variety of entertainment systems and fabric finishes. Powertrain options for the i8 touring coach includes a 10.8-litre and 12.9-litre 6-cylinder diesel engines (Euro 6), with the later generating up to 510 hp of power and 2,500 Nm of torque.
Buyers can either opt ZF Ecolife 6-speed automatic gearbox with torque converter, or a ZF AS Tronic fully-automated 12-speed manual transmission. The buses are also equipped with electronically-controlled pneumatic suspension (ECAS) and braking assistance using ABS and ESC technologies, aided by EBD.
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