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2010-09-01 08:43

Isuzu's KB is an endurance record holder. Now a new derivative celebrates this status.

General Motors SA has announced the KB72 bakkie, an added-value version of the popular KB250 LE Double Cab, to commemorate Isuzu’s record-breaking 72-hour challenge.

At the heart of that challenge was a drive to beat time and distance records set in 2003 for diesel bakkies. During the challenge Isuzu demonstrated the reliability, durability and economy of its proven diesel technology.

Fundamental to the success in the quest for new records was the capability of the vehicles to be driven non-stop on the limit for a period of 72 hours with fuel economy having a direct effect on the result as time taken to refuel the vehicles translated into time and kilometres lost on the track.

The KB 300 diesel set the pace in the challenge and covered 12 243,38km in the 72-hour period at an average speed of 170.047km/h. These numbers significantly exceeded the previous records of 11 520.664km and 160 009km/h held by a 2.7-litre petrol engine pick-up.

A surprise result was the records set by the Isuzu KB250 diesel pick-up. This model improved on the existing three-litre diesel records by 470km and five km/h, within a hair’sbreadth of beating the 2.7-litre petrol records, falling just 25km short of that mark or just 0.4km/h slower.

It is this remarkable success of the KB250 LE that Isuzu is inviting customers to share with the release of a limited number of KB72 Double Cabs with the option of either 4x2 or 4x4 drive train. The KB72 has enhanced specification, visual appeal, and value at a substantially reduced cost than if the same enhancements were made by the customer with the addition of similar aftermarket options.

The KB72 specification includes 16" alloy rims fitted with 245/70 R16 tyres (15" alloy with 245/75 R15 tyres standard); body colour front bumper; body colour wheel-arch mouldings; body colour door mouldings and aluminium running boards. The value of these items fitted as an aftermarket option by the customer would cost about R19 000.

In the KB72 package, they add just a fraction of that to the KB250 LE price.

Recommended retail prices for the two KB72 models:

KB72 Double Cab 4x2 - R314 500
KB72 Double Cab 4x4 - R358 500

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