• Sep 21st 2010 at 5:29PM
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Wards Auto has crowned its king of the 2011 diesel pickup engine crowd. The editors pitted the mills in the 2011 Dodge Ram HD, Ford Super Duty and the GMC Sierra Denali HD against each other in one epic battle royale at the Robert Bosch LLC test track, and while each of the three oil-burners did a smart job of hauling payloads and the like, Wards clearly favored one above the rest. The publication said that the powerhouse 6.7-liter turbocharged V8 in the Super Duty was the clear winner, despite being the most expensive of the three engines.

The editors chose the Ford over its competitors because of its ridiculous 800 pound-feet of torque, quietness and effortless towing, even though the 6.6-liter turbocharged Duramax V8 in the GMC produced faster 0-60 times in tests. Interestingly enough, Pickuptrucks.com skipped the Powerstroke in the Super Duty in favor of the Duramax Sierra. Given the obsessively thorough testing by Mike Levine and the rest of the Pickuptrucks.com crew, we're a little more inclined to agree with those results. Still, you know what they say about opinions and elbows.



[Source: Wards Auto]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Kudos Ford.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Cue the truck/SUV haters........
      • 5 Years Ago
      Love the front end. Now Ford, do a real update on the rest of the exterior. DStill a nice lookin truck tho!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Funny is this the same Wards that named the 6.0l PS Diesel a 10 best engine in 03????? Hopefully they get this one right!!!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm a ford guy so part of me is happy about this. The engineer part of me says who cares any of these trucks have plenty of power now. No more worrying about the hills when you tow your boat trough the mountains!!
        • 5 Years Ago
        There's no worrying about boats when you are towing mountains either..

        800 pound feet if torque.. Who'd a thought my 420/42o hemi would sound wimpy?
      • 5 Years Ago
      The Duramax was a second quicker to 60 unloaded and quicker to 60 loaded. I don't think the software change made much difference.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I can't get over that horrible front end and compact car sized tires.

      No thanks.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Can't say I disagree on that. Tires look much too small for an F-250...
        • 5 Years Ago
        Trust me, the tires are fine. They need to be that small for when your loads are huge and pushing the limits.

        Truthfully, most people who get larger tires don't use them for work OR are posers with a need for genital compensation.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This is awesome. I really do like the new Super Duty. My dad's F450 just came in and is getting a reflash next month. So far, we've loved it. It's replacing his 09 Sierra daily driver because he likes having a HD for daily work, and his 08 Sierra crapped out on him after trying to move several head of cattle.

      I'm looking into a F250 or F350 SRW because I still love my 07 DRW.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The Ford weighs more too. Theoretically the GM trucks had more horsepower.

      It just goes to show that 0-60 times mean squat and I agree.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Not much of a test for heavy haulers. More important to me is braking of a max weight vehicle and stability at highway speeds. A diesel engine is simple to make more power just by increasing fuel flow but the internals of the engine and drive train need to handle it. The internals of the new Dmax were tweaked for the added power as was the Allison tranny for long term durability. The new Ford still has to prove its longevity.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hard to see how they chose the Ford over the others(especially the Duramax) based on the linked article. They admitted that the Duramax was fastest in all the tests, as well as being a pretty affordable option. But, they seemed to have declared the Ford the winner solely because it is a clean sheet design, has more power on paper, and "sounds" like it's not working as hard as the others. They also mention that it's quieter than the others, as if that's ever been a concern for diesel truck buyers.

      A few quotes for the article:
      - "In 0-60 acceleration runs with 10,000-lb. trailers supplied by GM, the Ram was outgunned badly by its rivals. And as good as the new Power Stroke is, GM’s Duramax consistently delivered the fastest times." -
      - "The least-expensive engine is GM’s Duramax V-8, option priced at $7,195" - Yes the Sierra's price increases the total cost, but they do mention that the Chevy HD could be had for less cash. Wasn't this test about the engine?
      - "But one engine proves better than the others for its lightweight construction, innovative materials, sophisticated aftertreatment, clever packaging and, yes, its ability to squeal the tires while hauling 10,000 lbs.: the Power Stroke V-8 in the Ford Super Duty." -

      So, they admit that the GM hauls loads better, but the Ford wins due to a couple of things not really related to usefulness? Not sure I follow that logic. That's sort of like testing a couple of sports cars and declaring the slower one the winner because it has a few more cupholders.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Uhm...Not related to usefulness?

        The Super Duty’s Power Stroke had a much broader and flatter peak torque curve than the GMC’s Duramax, with near-peak torque starting around 1,800 rpm and stretching to about 2,800 rpm. Altitude seemed to play a role, since Denver is about 5,500 feet above sea level. It pushed the peak numbers up the rpm range versus their sea-level-rated measurements. The Duramax was especially high up in the revs, with peak torque at 2,380 rpm instead of 1,600 rpm.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Well, we're NOT comparing sports cars. That's the key.

        The peeps who haul around that kind of weight for a living, or for pleasure, tend to spend a LOT of time in these vehicles. Since they all tow enough to pull the moon out of orbit, they surely can satisfy any work task handed to them ... but if someone's going to be spending that kind of money, I would certainly demand some pretty impressive creature comforts such as 15 billion cupholders, incredible leather seats, updated touchpoints and industry-leading infotainment tech (like Sync) to help win me over.

        • 5 Years Ago
        All anyone cares about is 0-60 times with a HD pickup
        • 5 Years Ago
        @ respecom:

        Which the Sierra has as well.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Yes this is the same crew that picked the 6.0 as a top 10 engine...........What a joke!!!!, I work @ a ford dealership 6.0 top 10 for what ???????, I get it for repairs and breakdowns. The Duramax is where you should spend your money, my dealer also sells Chevy, Duramax is the king even after the upgrade for the powerstroke.
      • 5 Years Ago
      needs a bigger grille...
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