If the leaked document is true, Chevrolet is taking the power game to a new level with its 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD pickups.
In a report from Truck Trend, leaked dealer info stated that the new Duramax 6.6L is going to be rated at 910 foot pounds of torque at 1,600 RPM. That is going to be taking the Chevy diesel power battle to a whole new level.
With the 2016 Chevrolet 2500HD boasting just 765lbs/ft, the new rating is a stunner. To accommodated all the new power, Chevy has already shown off the new two-path intake system that will help cool the 2017 model. With the new hood, you will be able to tell the 2017 2500HD at first glance.
After trailing in the diesel power market for a while now, Chevrolet is making a bold statement with its 2017 heavy-duty truck lineup. While the 2500HD will still trail the Ford F250 in the torque numbers by 15lbs/ft, it will have 5 more horsepower.
It seems the game is afoot in Detroit to see if who can rip the crust of the earth with their diesel powered truck first. If these numbers turn out to be true, Dodge will be a distant third. It’s
is rated at 380hp and 850lbs/ft from its venerable in-line six.
The drive behind the big power push from the big three is the ever increasing numbers of RV’s and toy haulers hitting the road. As the baby boomers retire, they are hitting the roads in unheard of numbers. The increasing towing capability of the trucks will continue to drive the advancement in the RV market.
It remains to be seen what the new Chevrolet 2500HD will be tow rated at. The 2017 Ford is rated at 21,000lbs of traditional towing. If you go to the 5th wheel option it gets to 27,500lbs. The Ram 2500 is rated only to 17,980 with its most powerful power plant.
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While there is always room for more power, chassis capability might slow the battle. The next wave of improvements could wind up being interior and accessories. The spartan interiors of the standard HD pickups might be coming to an end.
As more of the HD models are sold at the consumer level, demand for advanced features will increase. A new generation of luxury HD trucks may emerge that are not specially branded. That would be a win for the truck buyer not wanting to spend King Ranch money.
With Chevrolet upgrading their HD truck line, someone is going to break 1000lbs/ft very soon. Unheard of power numbers in the recent past. The diesel power war is in full swing, and we are all going to win. I can’t wait to drive one, and I am not alone.