Light and pickup truck performance has come a long way in recent times as this 2017 Chevy Silverado Towing Performance review shows. This Silverado HD Duramax 6.6L diesel is put against a stop watch on a speedway track, not usual for a truck . First test is a 0 to 60 mph hard out acceleration run with 2 people on board, result is an impressive 7.51 seconds. Two more tests follow with 3 people on board and this time towing a 10,000lb trailer. These test were 0 to 60 mph, and 40 to 60 mph with both returning impressive times as you will see in the video below.
It’s not that long ago a pickup truck, especially a diesel, was considered a slow hard beast to drive any distance even if did have a 4 speed gearbox. When it came to stopping brakes worked okay until you added a load or a trailer, then it could become very interesting in the ‘whoa’ department. The engine would be noisy, smelly and not want to do anything in a hurry. Get a very cold morning and the damn thing wouldnt want to start either. A trick that helped here was to take off the aircleaner, soak a rag in kerosene or meths, set it on fire then hold it above the air intake while cranking the engine over. The hot air was enough to give the gloplugs a chance to do their job. Down side was unburnt diesel in the cylinders would create a massive black smoke screen when it fired up.
Now, it is safe to say the diesel has come of age thanks to turbo’s, inter-coolers, computer controlled injectors and technology in general, so now light trucks and pickups drive and perform as good as, if not better, than some cars do.
This new 6.6L Duramax diesel is certainly no exception. With 445 hp, 910 ft lb of torque coupled to a 6 speed Allison auto it is all about performance.
Enjoy this review of the Chevy doing its stuff, and the video below on the all new Duramax engine.
Thank you to Fast Lane Trucks for another top rate review.
The 2017 6.6L Duramax engine is 90% impressive new design.