It seems that GM has posted certain statistics unintentionally regarding their new heavy duty pickup Duramax diesel engine. It happened over the weekend, and it looks like the pickup has 5 HP more that the Ford’s Power Stroke. We still have to wait and see if the numbers are precise and true, but if they do come truth, Ford will continue being up on peak torque, but Chevrolet will still be improving on stock output.
2017 Chevrolet trucks will have a major functional hood scoop and obviously other engine improvements. Screenshots of the accidentally posted GM specifications display new ratings of 445 HP at 2,800 RPM and 910 lb-ft of torque at 1,600 RPM. This was quickly grabbed by Truck Trend.
The current Duramax engine with 6.6-liter capacity is optional on the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra. This unit offers 397 HP at 3,000 RPM and 765 lb-ft of torque at 1,600 RPM.
Probably those commercials for K&N filters came out to be truth at the end. Maybe this new intake that should be used can really improve horsepower and torque rating by that much!
GM says the 60 percent of the powerplant’s air will come from the new scoop. That is a significant change and big improvement.
Most probably more details regarding the new Duramax will be given very soon, at the State Fair of Texas. GM is expected to present these HP and torque figures over there.
On the other hand, Chevrolet is not the only company improving and increasing power. Recently, Ford did it with the Power Stroke. The 6.7-liter engine option on 2017 heavy-duty F-Series trucks is rated at 440 hp at 2,800 RPM and 925 lb-ft of torque at 1,800 RPM. Engineers from Ford explained that peak torque is limited in the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd gear. As far as it could be heard, the truck has enormous, huge amount of towing power and it feels really quick like nothing is carried.
Now that both Chevy and Ford will have similar power numbers (if the post turns out to be the truth), it will be interesting to see who is going for maximum towing and who is going for acceleration. One is for sure, GM is planning to be better in at least one of these two categories.
However, we still have to see what does Ram have to say for the year 2017. Maybe they will also improve the current frugal 900 ft-lbs.