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Numbers like maximum horsepower, torque and tow ratings are the heart and soul of the full-size heavy duty pickup truck segment. No shocker there. But how much reliance can consumers actually put on figures provided by the manufacturer? And, keeping in mind that the average test drive doesn't include hooking up a ten-ton trailer, how might we all get a proper frame of reference when judging one massive diesel beast with another?

Such questions may soon get an answer... other than this one, decided upon just a few weeks back. It seems that General Motors has issued a pretty straightforward challenge to Ford: a towing duel up mountain grades, followed by a comparison of factory-issued exhaust brakes on the way back down. (Sorry, Ram... guess you're not invited out to play.) Seems simple enough, no?

Here are some relevant statistics: Ford's (reflashed) 6.7-liter Power Stroke diesel V8 engine punishes the tarmac with an even 400 horsepower and 800 pound-feet of torque. That's class-leading, as GM's 6.6-liter Duramax pumps out 397 horses and 765 pound-feet. Looking at those numbers, Ford wins... right?

Not so fast, says Chevrolet Silverado Marketing Manager Tony Truelove, "Numbers on paper are fine," he said. "Let's go work these trucks in the mountains, and may the best truck win." To which Ford Trucks spokeswoman Anne Marie Gattari replied, "We challenge our trucks against the competition in grueling prove-out tests continually, and the customer gives us the results – sales leadership year after year."

That's right, The Blue Oval plainly and unsurprisingly declined Chevrolet's invitation. But the show must go on, and our friends at Pickuptrucks.com promise to be on hand in their very best black-and-white-striped shirts to serve as referees for the main event. Let's get ready to rumble!



[Source: PickupTrucks.com]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Politically I see where they are coming from. They are already on top and sell the most HD pick up trucks, they have nothing to prove when you establish yourself in that arena. You have the magazine media who will do more than enough tests on this anyways, and thats fine too.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Only on top because of badge marketing by GM.
      • 4 Years Ago
      They can both pull your house off the foundation. Move on.
        • 4 Years Ago
        But I'd like to see a video of them towing ridiculously heavy trailers up and down a mountain road. Just for the fun of it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Probably smart on Ford's part. If they're the best selling truck, then they have something to lose in this competition. If Chevy is not the best selling truck, then they have something to gain. Ford doesn't really have anything to gain.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Unless the testers go out to buy random vehicles from dealers, there will always be a question about how thoroughly massaged the ones in the test are. You don't actually think there would be an honest example given to a magazine, or used in a commercial, do you?
      • 4 Years Ago
      The McDonald's cheeseburger is the best-selling burger of all time, so naturally, it's the best burger...

      Bud Light its the best-selling beer in the country, with over 19% market share, so naturally, it's the best beer...

      The Toyota Camry is the best-selling car in the country, so naturally, it's the best car...
      • 4 Years Ago
      I wonder who will win in MPG. They both have plenty of power and towing capability.
        • 4 Years Ago
        "During our time behind the wheel, one 80-mile segment was meant to be an economy run. We were too eager to hit our hotel's buffet tables, and averaged about 20 mpg in our F-250 Super Duty King Ranch 4x4 with the new Power Stroke. The mpg winners, however, averaged 29 mpg over the same distance in an equivalent truck, and they were only minutes later to dinner."

        http://www.autoblog.com/2010/03/08/2011-ford-f-series-super-duty-first-drive/

        I think Ford has the upper-hand so far!
      • 4 Years Ago
      If brand issues a challenge you know they already bought the competition and did the test first.
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      • 4 Years Ago
      People buy a truck for more reasons than just horsepower and towing. It doesn't matter who's got the most muscle. The biggest muscle doesn't always get the girl.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Went over to pickuptrucks.com to read the shootout and first thing I read the specs of the trucks: i haven''t yet read how it ends, but the Powerstroke figures are pre-reflashing (390HP, 765lb-ft).
      Now back to reading.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Calm down ford. It's okay, just keep runnning around town yelling ecoboost ecoboost ecoboost. Sell the hell out of those, then close up shop when all the dumb hicks blow up zzz turbos and come running with pitch forks.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Ford commands over 50% of the HD market. This means Ford sells more HD trucks than Chevy, GMC, and Dodge combined. They have nothing to prove.

      A couple of points. Ford will never agree to a challenge. It doesn't matter if it is trucks, cars, boats, or planes. They have never taken one up, as any test is loaded.

      Another point, towing is not about how fast you are. When you have two trucks that are within 1/2 of one second from 0-60................. and both are powerful enough to pull a house off of its foundation, who brags about speed when towing?? Towing is about control, not speed. I see the speedy trucks, towing TT's, all the time................. on their sides.

      That said, the GM trucks have always been faster, as they have always been significantly lighter. It is now closer than it has ever been. However, I did note that nowhere in GM's challenge, did they mention fuel economy.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Presumably, the Chevy gets better fuel economy, as you actually need to travel some number of miles for the fuel economy to be measurable. If your Ford can't ever make it up the hill, it calculates to ZERO miles per gallon.
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