Ford Unveils Another Piece of the 2011 Super Duty Puzzle

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In an announcement earlier today, Ford released the code name for its new Power Stroke diesel engine: "Scorpion." The engine will make its debut along with the 2011 Super Duty lineup at the Texas State Fair in September. The 6.7-liter Power Stroke V-8 also is capable of drinking B20 biodiesel (a 20/80 mix of bio and standard diesel fuel).

Ford has parted ways with its previous Power Stroke supplier Navistar (parent company of International) and decided to build the Scorpion in-house. The two have battled in court over warranty and cost issues regarding the previous generation Power Stroke engines.

The official press release claims improvements in torque, horsepower, and fuel economy over the previous Power Stroke diesel. For the first time in a modern production diesel the exhaust gasses exit into the valley of the engine where the turbo sits. The single-sequential turbocharger boosts to 30 psi, 10 psi fewer than the 6.4-liter Power Stroke it replaces.

The Ford engineers were able to shed an impressive 160 pounds off the new powerplant helping to boost fuel economy. Ford is also up to snuff environmentally with the new engine, reducing nitrous oxide and soot emissions by 90 percent. Rumored to be the most expensive engine program in company's history, you can bet the Scorpion will command an impressive premium on the options list.

Source: Ford

I'm really starting to question the intelligence of all of the not-so-Big Three. It is common knowledge (although no one wants to admit it) that fuel prices will rise exponentially when the economy recovers. So Ford is, by its own admission, spending the most it ever has on powerplant development for a diesel TRUCK motor that will probably be illegal to produce domestically by the time it is ready for production (see cap-and-trade legislation).Why don't you pull your heads out of your asses and bring over some of your euro-spec passenger car diesels that get 40+mpg already in the pipeline?Oh right. Because the European market doesn't have the nazis at the UAW.Ford, kill this project before it kills you! Stick to sure things like the Crown Vic.

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