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MCI's J4500 Motor Coach

Driving Impressions
 
Posted December 14 2012 12:04 PM by Mike McGlothlin 
Filed under: What's New, Past Diesel Events

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    Now that we've been behind the wheel of Motor Coach Industries' new J4500 motor coach, we've put together a preliminary driving impression for you...


 Our best description of driving this house on wheels falls somewhere between a giant minivan and an overloaded FL80 Freightliner. Although, at more than 45-feet long, we have to admit it's the longest single vehicle we've ever piloted—and its length is most obvious when you need to make a lane-change in traffic. But while the J4500 is big, it's much more nimble than it looks.

 As pickup enthusiasts, we're obviously in no position to make an authoritative statement regarding touring coaches. But having said that, the J4500 rides like a Cadillac, and the entire vehicle reeks of refinement and quality engineering. You'll see exactly what we mean in the April, 2013 issue. Make sure you pick up a copy on February 26th.

Passengers are treated to comfortable, true leather seats, and tiered (theatre-style) seating the first three rows.
The J4500 we drove was powered by a Detroit Diesel DD13 (410 hp at 1,800 rpm, and 1,450 lb-ft at 1,100 rpm)




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