Ford confirmed one of the industry's worst-kept secrets last week: It's dropping the 6.0-liter Power Stroke diesel V-8 from the Super Duty lineup at the end of the year. It'll be replaced early next year by an even bigger diesel, a 6.4-liter V-8 with piezo fuel injectors and a particulate filter trap.
Ford won't say how much power the 6.4-liter develops, but Googling the new engine turns up plenty of chatter among Ford's legion of diesel fanatics. Word on the Net has the new engine putting out 350 hp and 650 pounds-feet of torque, and Ford insiders won't deny it.
But will the new engine be enough to make angry consumers - who dealt with quality problems with early versions of the 6.0-liter diesel - forgive and forget? Ford has an answer for that, too: a beefed-up warranty that covers the engine for five years or 100,000 miles.