All hope for an armistice in the pickup truck power wars appears to have been pushed out of a seventh-story window. Although General Motors currently has bragging rights over Ford and Dodge (er, Ram), it seems Ford is fervently working on a few small revisions that could once again crown it king of the hill.
Presently, GM’s revised 6.6-liter, twin-turbocharged Duramax diesel V-8 cranks out 397 horsepower and 765 pound-feet of torque — roughly seven horsepower and 30 pound-feet better than the new 6.7-liter Power Stroke turbo-diesel V-8 offered in the new 2011 Ford Super Duty. According to the folks at PickupTrucks.com, that could change within the next several months.
According to the truck enthusiast site, Ford is working on a high-output version of the 6.7 Power Stroke that could produce around 400 horsepower and “at least” 800 pound-feet of torque by tweaking the engine controller. This coincides with earlier reports that suggested Ford could easily tune the engine to produce more power, but it seems the revised ECU may be accompanied by a few hardware changes to either the engine or transmission.
If all goes according to plan, look for the upgraded Super Duty trucks — possibly billed as 2011.5 models — to roll off the line in Louisville, Kentucky, later this year.
Could we see a diesel counterstrike from GM or Dodge/Ram? Perhaps, but not in the near future. We’ve heard Chrysler is working with Cummins to release the full potential of the turbo-diesel inline-six, although a revised package may not arrive until 2012 or so. GM, on the other hand, has admitted its current Duramax is as far as the company can go without crafting an all-new engine.