Originally Posted by Roadhouse
When talking about truck motors and towing, who cares about HP, isn't TQ more important.?
1/2 tons are still primarily used as daily drivers, not workhorses.
And tq is meaningless if it can't be put to the road. Horsepower is the measure of torque applied at road speed.
All of the specs I've seen show outputs around ~275hp/500 ftlbs. I could see low 300s with comp controlled torque curves clipping the low end torque to save the drivelines.
In most real world driving, 1/2 throttle accels, etc, diesels feel faster than they are. But when the numbers are run, horsepower is horsepower. Especially now that better 5 and 6 speed transmissions and variable valve timing are coming into the picture.
If the prices aren't stupid, I'll take a 275hp diesel that will get me a solid 18-19 mpg CITY, over a 400 hp gasser.