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Rumormill: Ford's Power Stroke diesel getting power increase to beat GM Duramax



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Volatile gas prices and increasingly stiff emissions standards were supposed to kill the auto industry's horsepower wars, or so we thought feared. Recent news out of the General Motors and Ford camps appears to prove otherwise. The second act in the battle for power supremacy took a turn for the better last November when The Blue Oval announced that the 2011 Mustang would receive a 305-horsepower 3.7-liter V6 powertrain; a hair more punch than the 2010 Chevrolet Camaro V6's 304-hp output. But what's one extra horse between neighbors, right?

The General struck back a couple weeks ago when it announced power figures for the 6.6-liter Duramax diesel available in the 2011 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra heavy duty pickups. The new Duramax pumps out 397 hp and 765 lb-ft of torque, besting Ford's 6.7-liter Power Stroke diesel that was announced just a few weeks earlier by seven hp and 30 lb-ft. Ford likely isn't going to take this Super Duty setback lying down, and sources tell our friends over at PickupTrucks.com that the company Henry built is looking to regain the power lead within a year.

PickupTrucks.com reports that the new 6.7-liter Power Stroke diesel engine is an all-new architecture that likely has plenty of room for more punch, while the 6.6-liter Duramax is an older engine with less room for improvement, so the seesaw battle may not last too long. And sources say Ford engineers could crank the mill beyond 400 ponies and 775 lb-ft; or enough power to tow Florida closer to Texas.

But for now GM's new fullsize pickups hold the power figure crown while Ford engineers look on with malice in their micrometers. At least Ford has that one pony lead over the Camaro, right? Rumor has it that the Bowtie brand is working on that one, too.

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Re: Rumormill: Ford's Power Stroke diesel getting power increase to beat GM Duramax

This is getting silly. The Camaro is getting more power and fuel economy to beat the Mustang, Ford is getting more power for their powerstroke, Gm will go and squeeze more out of their diesel...

These things are more powerful than semi trailers already, do they need more power?

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Re: Rumormill: Ford's Power Stroke diesel getting power increase to beat GM Duramax

Ford likely sandbagged Government Motors. Don't think for a minute that Ford didn't have a cushion on power ratings knowing full well that Chevrolet, er, GMC, would try to one up Ford. And what is the harm of the competition? We get better trucks and Government Motors is put back in their place with their lightweight HD trucks.
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Re: Rumormill: Ford's Power Stroke diesel getting power increase to beat GM Duramax

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Ford likely sandbagged Government Motors. Don't think for a minute that Ford didn't have a cushion on power ratings knowing full well that Chevrolet, er, GMC, would try to one up Ford. And what is the harm of the competition? We get better trucks and Government Motors is put back in their place with their lightweight HD trucks.
GM and Ford are both good at this.
We all know GM is 60% controlled by the Federal government and the rest is controlled by unions and former owners.
There is no need to call names.

Both Ford and GM Engines are new. They can probably be massaged to pump more that 1000 ft pounds of torque. the customer wins.

Like another poster said, this is getting silly. There is a point at which it does not matter. When you have more power than a Semi in a small pick up, clearly, its overkill.

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Re: Rumormill: Ford's Power Stroke diesel getting power increase to beat GM Duramax

I know I'm probably in the minority, but to me that is one butt ugly front end. That cheap plastic grille and headlights just look terrible to me but whatever.
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