The arms race for more torque in the heavy-duty pickup segment is getting out of control. We've already seen trucks top 700 pound-feet, with the current GM Heavy Duty pickups at the top of the heap, packing 765 pound-feet of torque from their Duramax V-8 diesels. But according to the latest reports, Ford may be eyeballing the 800 pound-foot mark.
The new 6.7-liter Powerstroke diesel V-8 that could deliver the massive figure will be under the hoods of the "Job 2" Super Duty trucks coming toward the end of 2010. The source of the extra torque? According to PickupTrucks.com, it's unlocked by a stronger compacted graphite iron block, which can better withstand the pressures needed to reach such torquey totals, combined with an up-rated six-speed automatic transmission, pushing the numbers up from the current 6.7-Liter Powerstroke's 735 pound-feet output.
We'll have to wait another few months to see if the figures come true, and likely a few months more to see if owners that buy before the upgraded figures roll out of the factory will be able to join the party--it may be more than a simple ECU reflash.
For more on the 2011 Ford Super Duty trucks, check out our previous coverage here.