The horsepower (and more importantly, torque) wars are heating up between GM and Ford. Last month Ford released the power numbers for its new 6.7-liter Power Stroke V8 in the all-new F-Series Super Duty, rating the truck at 390-hp and 735 ft-lbs of torque. Then just a few weeks later GM announced its numbers for the 6.6-liter Duramax V8 in the new 2011 Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra HD pickups at 397-hp and 765 ft-lbs of torque.
Word comes from the folks at PickupTrucks.com that Ford isn’t prepared to sit back and take second place, with an increase in power numbers due out as early as next year. There’s even a suggestion of 400-hp and 775 ft-lbs of torque. Ford certainly has the upper hand as the all-new Power Stroke 6.7-liter has plenty of potential left in it, while the 6.6-liter Duramax is a revised version of an older engine design and has used up much of its potential already. The problem will be increasing power while hitting fuel economy and emissions targets.
Ford’s motivation is clearly from the marketing side here. Sure added power and torque make for a more capable truck, but Ford already leads GM in both towing and payload, even with the lower engine numbers. The new Duramax Silverado HD can tow up to 20,000 lbs and has a payload rating of 6,335 lbs. The F-Series Super Duty (F-350) is rated at 21,600 lbs and a payload rating of 6,520 lbs.
This battle is just the latest in a horsepower war between GM and Ford, with GM planning to deliver a more powerful V6 Camaro next year, while rumors suggest a twin-turbo V6 is on the way to rival Ford’s EcoBoost.
GALLERY: 2011 F-Series Super Duty