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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.



[Source: PickupTrucks]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      How stupid. Just make the trucks and let us see who wins.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The funny part is its amazing that Ford can compete with GM considering that Ford cant tax the people like GM can! Ford only has its own money!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm a Ford truck guy, but I have to admit that the Duramax is one heck of a motor. Much better than the 6.0L and 6.4L Powerstrokes. Here's hoping Ford's in house diesel turns out to be as good as the Duramax.

      I remember when my dad first got a 7.3L Powerstroke. Great engine for its day but can't really compare to these modern diesels.
        • 5 Years Ago
        BS. My '08 6.4 PowerStroke is a fantastic motor with 110,000 miles on it already, and I'd put it up against any Duramax, including the 103k mile '05 LLY Duramax with a blown turbo that I traded in for it:) The Ford is not as luxurious as the GM was, but it tows 3x as well (both 3/4 ton, CCSB, 4WD).......the Ford suspension and frame are noticeably more stable when towing. No idea why, but I have no regrets.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Things will get interesting real fast if this power war keeps going on, because the motors keep getting more fuel efficent as well its crazy but I love it!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Good to see the 2 domestics fighting with each other again. Signals they are not as scared about mere existence.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yaroukh :

        Neither was Custer.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @henrykrinkle: and that's exactly my point :)
        • 5 Years Ago
        Had their BK happened outside the deep recession caused by the housing market, GM would most likely have been allowed to be really carved up, and not saved w/taxpayer money like it was.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Seriously. Honestly I see noting but good going on for American brands.
      • 5 Years Ago
      super duty horsepower wars? ehhh......im in!
        • 5 Years Ago
        Saw this one coming a mile away - expect Ford's new 6.7L PS Diesel to break 800 ft-lbs next year and distance themselves from the old GM diesel... The tip was when the Ford engineers at the SD test drive review said the new 6-speed TorqShift auto trans cold handle "... way more torque..."...!
      • 5 Years Ago
      This is so childish - why can't they just compare their members on the toilet?
      Where is this going to end? 1500 HP for a truck in some years?
      I'm sure that somebody here is able to explain me why a good truck should have 1500 HP at least to suit him...
      • 5 Years Ago
      What's next? Ford will chrome the windshield to extend the apparent area of the grille?
      • 5 Years Ago
      I totally understand the motivations behind the HP wars, and for the most part the customer wins regardless of which maker currently has bragging rights. But I'd be satisfied if Ford's new motor could simply do its duty without consuming head gaskets on an alarmingly regular schedule like the Navistar-sourced Power Strokes.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The Ford vs Chevy wars are back.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Que rumors of power numbers for GM's new 6.8 liter Duramax.

      I love a good horsepower war, just not sure much either company will benefit from winning in this particular segment.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I'll bet if they were fighting a fuel-economy war with their big trucks instead of a horsepower war, they'd get a lot of people sitting on the fence about purchasing right now to pull the trigger.

        One-upping each other in hp might get one dude to switch from GM to Ford this year.... and then another dude to switch from Ford to GM when they respond...
        Net sum = zero.

        They are currently stealing away sales of the Tacoma, Frontier, Colorado, and Dakota segment because the full-size F-150 gets as good or better mileage with its new engine/tranny.

        So while you're stealing away sales of mid-sizes to half-tons, have some of your half-ton buyers upgrade to 3/4 or 1-tons, but making the diesels 30+% more efficient than even the already excellent half-tons. Upgrades make you money.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I think it is both cool and silly that they are competing tit-for-tat at this level.

      Customers tend to settle for one truck brand or another. I'm not likely to stitch to Ford over Chevy or vice-versa when one has 1001 lb-ft and the other only has 999.
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