The order book is open and dealer demonstrations are underway for the all-new McCormick X8 VT-Drive tractor, which is being produced with three engine power outputs of 264hp, 286hp and 310hp.

The new range takes the McCormick marque into a new performance class above the X7 VT-Drive 141-192hp and X7 P6-Drive 141-225hp models, which have stepless and semi-powershift transmissions, respectively.

Ray Spinks, sales director and general manager at McCormick distributor AgriArgo UK says: “The McCormick name is closely associated with efficient power and performance and the new X8 VT-Drive tractors represent the ultimate expression of that image.

“They have great driver appeal and the unique combination of fuel-efficient BetaPower by FPT engine, ZF heavy-duty transmission and high-capacity hydraulics make it a powerful performer in the field.”

Ploughing, cultivating, sowing and powering big grass mowers and other harvesting machinery will be the main roles performed by these big tractors but road work with large capacity slurry tankers, muck spreaders and trailers will also be in their remit.

Key features include a heavy-duty CVT transmission providing fine speed control, different operating modes for optimum performance and cost-saving fuel efficiency. Electronically-controlled hydraulics with 157-litre or 212-litre load-sensing pumps – plus 115-litres/min dedicated to steering and other ancillary systems – are also part of the package.

An integral front three-point linkage and pto assembly on the cast steel load-bearing chassis complements the 12 tonne capacity rear three-point hitch, while tyres up 900/60 R42 on the rear axle will enable the tractors to put the power down while operating with low inflation pressures for maximum traction and soil protection.

The McCormick Premierecab completes a driver-focused package; apart from providing a comfortable workplace for long hours in the seat, the cab ensures the operator has excellent all-round visibility – especially forwards through the wide one-piece windscreen. It also provides fingertip control of all functions via a seat-mounted console and the touch-screen colour display with ISOBUS capability.

Optional precision steering using satellite-based positioning and the high-ratio EasySteer system for less arm twirling during headland turns, are available for accurate bout-matching and least effort for a highly productive operating experience.

AgriArgo’s 264hp X8.660 VT-Drive finished in eye-catching metallic red, is now doing the rounds of McCormick dealers to give farmers and contractors a closer look at the new power unit. Locations and dates are detailed on the McCormick Agri UK page on Facebook.