The diesel truck wars between General Motors’ GMC and Chevrolet divisions and Ford Motor Company heated up this week as Ford announced that the 6.7-liter turbocharged diesel under the hood of its 2011 F-Series Super Duty would be the recipient of an up grade in torque (to 800 lb.-ft) and horsepower (400).
The upgrade will begin immediately for those trucks in production. And in a move that could only be accomplished through the wonders of modern software, all 2011 F-Series Super Duty trucks currently in dealer stock as well as those previously purchased by consumers will also receive the upgrade.
How do it know?
“We want to take care of our loyal, F-Series Super Duty pickup owners who supported us when we debuted our all-new Ford-designed, Ford-engineered and Ford-built Power Stroke earlier this year and reward them by offering them the same best-in-class torque, horsepower and fuel economy our new customers are receiving right now,” said Barb Samardzich, Ford Motor Company’s vice president of powertrain engineering.
So, does this mean Ford dealers will have to start pulling turbo diesel engines and replacing them with new units? Not hardly.
Beginning no later than August 31st and continuing for the next 12 months, all customers that purchased a Super Duty with the aforementioned 6.2-liter Power Stroke V8 will be receiving a letter in the mail inviting them into their Ford dealer for a free software upgrade to their truck’s power control module – an upgrade that should take about 30 minutes to complete.
Along with the increased horsepower and torque upgrades, owners should also expect additional fuel economy improvements. Don’t you just love it when a plan comes together?
all images courtesy of Ford Motor Company