GMC Teases New Duramax with Photos of 2017 Hood Scoop
Scoop Is “Functional”
There are few sectors of the truck market that are more symbolically significant, and more brag-worthy than 3/4 and 1-ton diesel trucks. As a visit to any diesel truck forum can attest, owners of Rams, Chevys, GMCs and Fords all passionately defend their rides, and passionately believe their diesel engines are the best. While that eternal argument may never be settled, General Motors is about to throw more fuel onto the diesel enthusiast fire with the 2017 HD trucks. GMC today released photos of the front end of the 2017 Sierra Denali 2500 HD with a clearly visible hood scoop (something we’ve seen in recent spy photos) that GM claims is “functional.”
What we’re reading into that is that this is going to be one beastly diesel. The current high water mark for horsepower in the class is the Ford 6.7L “Scorpion” Power Stroke with 440 hp, and the bar for torque stands at a thundering 900 lb-ft for the 6.7L Cummins I-6 in the Ram 3500. With those numbers in mind, we’re expecting the new 6.6L Duramax to easily top 400 hp and 800 lb-ft of torque. Also unknown is what the all-important regular production order (RPO) code will be for the new engine. There is not an exact sequence to it, as the Duramax, over its five generations, has gone from LB7, LLY, LBZ, LMM to LML. Regardless, we’re confident it will be the most powerful, most refined and most capable Duramax to date. We can’t wait to get more info on the General’s new diesel beast!