Ford Ups 6.7L Power
When Ford introduced the 2011 Super Duty, the 6.7L Power Stoke turbodiesel was rated at 390 horsepower and 735 lb-ft of torque. Then came along General Motors and their 2011 trucks sporting a revised 6.6L Duramax with a Super Duty-thumping 397 horsepower and 765 lb-ft of torque. Not content to let GM hold the title, Ford has anounced that all new F-250, F-350, and F-450 Super Duty trucks will benefit from an engine management calibration that will up the Power Stroke output to 400 horsepower and 800 lb-ft of torque. Thanks to an all-new 6R140 TorqShift six-speed that has been thoroughly over-engineered, the Ford has room to grow. Best of all, early 2011 Super Duty 6.7Ls can be brought up to this revised spec with a quick trip to the dealer.
Eight Speeds for Ram
Chrysler and ZF recently announced that Chrysler has acquired the supply and manufacturing rights to ZF's excellent 8HP eight-speed automatic transmission for use in Chrysler vehicles. The 8HP offers a significant decrease in fuel consumption and lightning-quick 200-millisecond shifts, and is currently used by BMW, Land Rover and Rolls-Royce. According to ZF's website, the 8HP can handle up to 1,000 newton-meters, or nearly 750 lb-ft of torque, which makes for a real nice Ram transmission on paper, especially with next-generation Cummins turbodiesels on the horizon. The 8HP is also start/stop capable for further fuel savings. Chrysler will build the 8HP in Kokomo, Indiana, as soon as its $300-million-dollar renovation in the Indiana Transmission Plant 1 is complete.
Bigfoot Switches Sides
After 35-years of exclusively running Ford-bodied Bigfoot trucks, the original monster truck appeared as a Chevrolet during Major League Baseball's 81st annual All-Star Game festivities in Anaheim, California. Ford dropped the Bigfoot sponsorship back in 2007, leaving Firestone as the primary sponsor of the Bigfoot team. Firestone also happened to be a major sponsor of the All-Star Game, so Bigfoot 4x4 worked with MLB and the other major sponsor, Chevrolet. This one-off Chevy-bodied Bigfoot is also Chevy-powered because Bigfoot 4x4 doesn't believe in brand mixing. There are no current plans to switch the rest of the Bigfoot fleet over to Chevrolets.
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