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Ford Gives Power Boost to 2011 Super Duty Pickups

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Ford has announced that it's raising power levels in its new 6.7-liter Power Stroke turbocharged diesel engine to a 400 horsepower and 800 pounds-feet of torque.

Introduced in April 2010, Ford's F-250, F-350 and F-450 trucks equipped with its new 6.7-liter Power Stroke V-8 turbocharged diesel engine now get 390 horsepower and 735 foot-pounds of torque, which helps with acceleration and towing.

By reprogramming the trucks' software, the 6.7-liter Power Stroke will be upgraded to 800 lbs.-ft. of torque and 400 horsepower, an increase of 65 lbs.-ft. of torque and 10 horsepower.

By comparison, GM's new 6.6-liter Duramax turbocharged diesel gets 397 horsepower and 765 foot-pounds of torque.
Ford said that the trucks made after Wednesday will automatically have the upgraded engines.

Starting Aug. 31 and continuing for the next 12 months, 6.7 Power Stroke owners can have their engine control unit software updated for free at their local Ford dealer. The upgrade process is similar to a firmware update in a smart phone or PC and is expected to take about 30 minutes.

Along with more power, Ford said the engine will be 2 percent more efficient, making the 2011 F-Series Super Duty 6.7-liter Power Stroke diesel 20 percent more fuel efficient than the old 2010 6.4-liter Power Stroke V-8 model.


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