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Diesel Power magazine, a publication dedicated to compression-ignition pickup trucks and the people that love them, has released its list of the Top 10 Diesel Engines. Now, considering the difficulty of naming 10 diesel engines that have been sold here in the US - much less making a case for the inclusion of each on a top-10 list - the editors decided to have a bit of fun with this task. How much fun? Well, the massive Wartsila-Sulzer ship engine and its 1,556,002 cubic inches of displacement (that's no typo, and it works out to over 25,000 liters) slotted in at #9 on the list.

For those not willing to think outside the world of passenger vehicles, the relevant entries break down like so - the B-series Cummins squeaked in at #10, the GM/Isuzu Duramax slots in at #6, the Ford/International 7.3L Powerstroke slides in at #5, and the VW 5.3L V10 is a bit of a surprise at #3. Now, it remains to be seen how Diesel Power's readers accept this rankings, and we're guessing that it's going to be a busy month in its mailroom.

[Source: Diesel Power]



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      • 8 Years Ago
      I hope the magazine was making us a joke because thet are completly wrong
      • 8 Years Ago
      that a pretty stupid list. there are tons of better diesels than those. the aforementioned Audi LeMans engine immediately came to mind as a no-brainer addition to this list. a lot of the european passenger diesels also would make sense. like the Honda Accord Diesel plant always gets great critical reviews especially being from a first time manufacturer.

      in fact this whole list is basically made up of the clackity noisy diesels that give passenger car diesels a bad name.
      • 8 Years Ago
      The 6.0L Ford Powerstroke is the one that's a POS. There's a few guys at work with these engines. Driveability issues and one injector oil pump failure at only 24K. The oil pump failed as he was 100 mi. in the bush and 600 mi. from home. The subsequent hassles and loss of faith in the engine had him trade it in on a Dodge/Cummins combo.
      • 8 Years Ago
      GEEZUS, what a redneck report!!

      Where are the Audi, BMW and Mercedes diesels? They are truly revolutionary.

      Idiots.
      • 8 Years Ago
      #1 Rudolph Diesel’s First Working Engine
      "Why We Dig It: Without this piece of history, we’d have nothing to write about."

      They are totaly objective :)
      • 8 Years Ago
      No EMD 567? C'mon.
      • 8 Years Ago
      rudolph diesels original: 60.oL fired on peanut oil (BIODIESEL!)... governed speed: "slow as death" haha.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I think you guys are missing a point here they said the greatest engines that have been sold in the US the european and japanese diesels that you are quoteing have not been sold in the US since the 80's except for the new mercedes but those were a far cry from what they are today so when americans end there hatred of diesels and relise that they get better mileage than those stupid hybrid's while still having a little power to do things like pull hills then you can replace some of the motors on the list with those motors. And BTW where are the two stroke detroits they made the idustry.
        • 6 Years Ago
        they are alive and well in fire trucks that have to go regardless reliable forever YESSSSSS
      merle howard
      • 7 Years Ago
      I worked on a cooper-bessamer that ran 450 rpm, I loved the sound it made, I would love to hear the sound of the Wartsia- Sulzer at 100 rpm, even with 12 cylenders
      it must be a hoot to hear, how about takeing a recorder and placeing some sound with the picturs???
      • 8 Years Ago
      I don't like Ford, but the Ford engine they are talking about is the one BEFORE the current POS one. From what I know, the older 7.3 liter was a OK engine, and is VERY popular, can be tuned easily, etc. IIRC, it was the first diesel truck engine to be really drivable and usable as they all are now.

      But yeah, the Cummins should have been first or near first.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I'm impressed like most people at the size and torque of these engines, but in the end there are too many old-school diesels that sound like a box of rocks when they are running. I hate being next to any diesel truck at a stop light with my windows down -- loud and pointless noise pollution.

      There's a Powerstroke that starts outside my window every morning at 4:45 AM and wakes me up, so of course I'm biased. Why the hell can't Ford figure out how to make it run quietly? I drove a VW TDI for years in Europe, and it was quiet -- why can't Ford do the same?
      • 6 Years Ago
      The Detroit 71 series , 671 in perticular. 60 years of service 6 wars,. I know a lobsterman who got 65,000 hours on a nateral 671 before rebuild! Sure power to weight ratio could be better but the engine as a whole may have been resposible for winning WW2 !
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