Four tracks, 650hp+, rigid chassis … meet the new, high-horsepower Xerion. In this Claas Xerion 12.650 TerraTrac: Big and not so bendy tractor test video, we drive a pre-production 12.650.

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Top model — 653hp

There are two models in the new range, the Xerion 12.590, which maxes at 585hp, and the 12.650 with 653hp. Interestingly Claas says those involved in the survey wanted max outputs of up to 650hp, hence it is not breaking new ground in this mega mover segment.

Under the bonnet of both models is the Mercedes OM473LA six-cylinder inline unit that is also found in the Lexion 8700 and Jaguar 950/960. This mighty 15.6-litre motor delivers a maximum torque of 3,100Nm at the crank while purring at a modest 1,300rpm — all part of the low-speed concept 2.0. The necessary fuel is stowed in a pair of tanks, one under and one behind the cab and with a combined capacity of 1,400 litres. Claas says that this should be enough for 12 hours at average load.

Another request from potential owners was that even inexperienced operators should be able to hop on the tractor and get optimum efficiency. Hence the maker fits a stepless transmission so the tractor will always select the most efficient engine/forward speed ratio.

Find out more about the Claas Xerion 12.650 TerraTrac in our full report here.

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