The front of the Renault Skorpion 8x4 evokes memories of a knight from a fantasy world. Knights may not exist anymore in real life, but you can get the truck as a currently available special model for the construction industry.
Broad chest clad in armor, a poisonous insect as its heraldic animal – as the successor to the time-honored Kerax, at least the Renault K's extravagant design leaves no doubt as to its calling. The message of the heavy armor measuring up to half the total height of the driver's cab, with echoes of similar previous heavy-duty transport designs, is: This vehicle is not afraid of much.
How a car driver seeing this knight in armor fast approaching in the rear-view mirror might feel is another question. At least, both Mercedes and Renault seem in agreement that dump trucks are – today more than ever – allowed to look fearsome, something long-haul trucks have long had to resist doing for reasons of political correctness.
But there are also other considerations for this. Some manufacturers of heavy-duty trucks for the construction industry no longer want the expense of deep-mounted driver's cabs such as in the DAF CF Construction or Volvo FMX with correspondingly low entry. In which case, it is the visual appearance that must distinguish it from a heavy-duty truck.
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