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Pickuptrucks.com is reporting today that Ford will increase power in its Power Stroke diesel at some point in the not-too-distant future.
Ford had announced that the 2011 Ford F-Series Super Duty with the 6.7-liter Power Stroke turbodiesel would make 390 horsepower and 735 lb-ft of torque. General Motors recently revealed that its 2011 Chevrolet Silverado HD and 2011 GMC Sierra HD trucks will have a 6.6-liter Duramax that makes 397 horsepower and 765 lb-ft of torque.
For fans of the domestic truck market, seeing Ford and GM fight for superiority is not new. In this case, it's possible that Ford could boost power to 400 horsepower and 775 lb-ft of torque, according to Pickuptrucks.com. Pickuptrucks.com is also saying that Ford buyers who purchase the truck when it goes on sale this April with the current power numbers might not have any reason to regret not waiting--the Web site says that boosting the power may be a matter of simply re-flashing the ECM.
A good old-fashioned power war is fun for auto journalists and advertisers, but buyers will be more concerned with capabilities, such as towing ability and payload. As Pickuptrucks.com notes, manufacturers also face balancing act between power and emissions and fuel-economy concerns.
Either way, this could be fun to watch. Grab a bag of popcorn and a cold one, and see what develops.