QOTD: Is Too Much Not Enough?
America’s truck wars are in full swing, with torque ratings going though the ceiling and the level of manufacturer braggadocio reaching a fever pitch. Where one goes, the other attempts to stomp.
That level of competition was on full display at last week’s drive event of the new Chevy Silverado HD. With Ram having snatched the torque crown to the tune of 1000lb-ft, The General was quick to point out their trucks accelerated faster despite the difference in twist. Ram, predictably, was quick to clap back.
Asserting their acceleration dominance, GM reps showed stats alleging their 3500 DRW diesel pickup scoots to 60mph in 7.4 seconds, two ticks quicker than Ram. Burdened with an 18,000lb trailer, that gap stretches to 2.6 seconds — measured as 19.9 and 22.5 seconds respectively.
Here’s our question: would any of this matter to you as a HD truck buyer? Would you sign on the line that is dotted simply because the truck has four-figure torque? Or because of manufacturer-provided acceleration times? At what point is it all for bragging rights instead of actual functionality?
Your author, of course, loves this stuff and encourages truck manufacturers to after each other with hammers and tongs. Competition improves the breed, whether that’s interior comfort, powertrain tech, or trailering aids. I think it’s great. How about you?
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Matthew buys, sells, fixes, & races cars. As a human index of auto & auction knowledge, he is fond of making money and offering loud opinions.
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