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Cummins 2018 X12: Taking Innovative Technology Further at JEP

Built at Cummins Jamestown Engine Plant (JEP) on the same production line as the well-proven X15, the Cummins X12 is the next generation of the JEP’s legendary heavy-duty lineup. Leveraging over four decades of medium-bore heavy-duty engine experience and relentless dedication to quality, the X12 brings a lot to the table.

The Cummins X12 for 2018 weighs 600 lb less than other medium-bore engines, and 150 lb less than the nearest competitor in its class. It delivers up to 500 hp and 1700 lb-ft of peak torque. Plus, it can also lower cost of operation with a low-friction design that delivers high fuel economy numbers, and extended maintenance intervals for more time on the road.

In the video above, Plant Manager Mike Abbate takes us through the tremendous legacy behind the development of the X12 for 2018 and the benefits of lighter engine weight in the medium-bore market.

Cummins 2018 X12 Competes Above Its Weight Class in Tractor Pulls

It may surprise some people to see a stock daycab with the new Cummins 12 liter engine showing up to a county fair and competing in a truck pull, but the truth is that it shouldn’t. Dating back to Cummins early beginnings, the company has held a belief in putting its products on display and letting their performance speak for itself. When Cummins built the 2018 X12 engine, the X12 team didn’t want customers to just take their word that it was lighter and stronger – they set out to prove it.

Cummins X12 Technical Leader, Craig Hetisimer, took on the challenge of competing against the big dogs with the X12. Smaller in displacement and much lighter in weight, can the X12 hold its own at a local truck pull against the legendary and bulletproof N14? Watch the video above to see for yourself.

For more details on Cummins X12 engine, visit or download the X12 brochure.

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