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The 2017 Chevrolet Silverado Duramax engine is getting a huge boost in power - enough to properly compete with the toughest trucks from Ford and Ram.

TorqueNews reports 2017 Chevrolet Silverado HD Diesel Gets a Massive Increase in HP, TQ

General Motors has announced the official power numbers for the 2017 Chevrolet Silverado HD with the 6.6L Duramax diesel and after lingering far below the competition over the past few years, the GM diesel finally has the power to properly compete with the Ford PowerStroke and the Ram Cummins – although we still don’t have towing or hauling numbers for the new Chevy.

Over the past few years, Ford and Ram have been engaged in a tight battle over who has the most powerful and the most capable heavy duty truck. The Ford PowerStroke and the Ram Cummins have both taken turns being the truck with the most torque and the most capable of towing, but along the way, the Chevrolet Silverado has gone relatively unmentioned in that battle – due mostly to the fact that the GM Duramax diesel engine has been far less powerful than the other two engines.
That all changes with the 2017 Chevrolet Silverado, as GM has beefed up their Duramax diesel to produce the kind of power needed to really compete with Ford and Ram. In fact, the 2017 Silverado will offer more horsepower than both the Ram and the Ford, while packing more torque than the Ram and only slightly less than the Ford.
2017 Silverado HD Diesel Power
The 2017 Chevrolet Silverado HD will be powered by a similar 6.6L Duramax diesel as the current (2016) models, but GM has completely revamped this engine for the new model year. As a result, the horsepower rating climbs from 397 horsepower to a segment-leading 445 horsepower while torque levels climb from 765lb-ft to 910lb-ft – improvements of 12% and 19%, respectively. That is obviously a big jump in power for Chevy, but more importantly, these new numbers compare far more favorably to the competition.

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