Which Automaker Makes the Fastest Factory Diesel Pickup?


We know that how fast a pickup truck accelerates to 60 mph or merges into highway traffic is not a priority for most pickup buyers. Nevertheless, that information does let buyers know how strong a truck can pull or how well the transmission is matched to the engine.

The last thing you want is a monster engine with clunky shifting or butter-smooths shifts with all the thrust of a hybrid powertrain.

Here at PickupTrucks.com, we know what you want, and the best way we know how to show you how well a pickup's powertrain is integrated is to take it to the track. And as odd as it might sound, some of the most fun we've had with pickups on a quarter-mile track was when they had a modern turbo-diesel engine under the hood.

We've pulled the figures below from two recent Challenges: the 2017 3/4-Ton Premium Truck Challenge and the 2016 Texas Truck Showdown: Maximum MPG.

Here's the finishing order of the all the diesel pickups we've track-tested — with empty beds — at zero-to-60 mph.

  1. 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 LTZ Midnight Edition (6.6-liter V-8 Duramax): 7.3 seconds
  2. 2017 Ford Super Duty F-250 King Ranch (6.7-liter V-8 Power Stroke): 7.9 seconds
  3. 2017 Ram 2500 Laramie Longhorn (6.7-liter inline-six-cylinder Cummins): 8.3 seconds
  4. 2016 Ram 1500 High Fuel Efficiency (3.0-liter V-6 EcoDiesel): 8.9 seconds
  5. 2017 Nissan Titan XD Platinum Reserve (5.0-liter V-8 Cummins): 9.7 seconds

The only other diesel pickups available are GM's Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon, but we haven't track-tested the Duramax 2.8-liter inline four-cylinder available in those pickups. We should note that the zero-to-60 mph times in our 2016 Midsize Pickup Challenge were 8.2 seconds for the V-6 gas Colorado (crew cab with a 6.5-foot bed) and 7.9 seconds for the V-6 gas Canyon (crew cab with a 5.5-foot bed). The baby Duramaxes would be slower.

Cars.com photo by Angela Conners


Ford Super Duty:

Fastest diesel truck that meets requirements!

Real world 0-60 mph on my 2.8L Duramax in line 4 is 9.1 seconds. Just to throw that in the mix. Not a drag race truck for sure but can tow a load very well and get 30 mpg average per tank of fuel.

Oh, that is a crew cab long box Canyon SLT Duramax .^^^^^^^

Hard to beat a Chevy motor

Bogus, results, we all know GM cheated, so they should not count, the only thing they have going for them is the fact that luckily the duramax is not all GM

GM is the fastest with an illegal engine.


I do not think the 0 to 60 times matter much around here. Usually when they are on a entrance ramp to the highway, by the time they are at the bottom of the ramp they are doing 40mph with their elbow resting on the window sill with phone to their ear.
Wonder how much they could take off those times with a wt truck inside of the top of the line. No leather, navs, cameras and wiring. options cost money and weight..

GM theoretically fastest 0-60 by .6 seconds, but a significant distant third place in sales.

@FXDX1450 Check your facts next time ya muppet


Hard to beat a Chevy motor

Posted by: Jason | May 31, 2017 2:07:33 PM

Try again, it's an Isuzu Motor :D

Well, now that we know shaky cheating GOVT motor oil burners can't be trusted, Ford is the winner once again - best in-house built engines ever!

It's not an Isuzu motor. Isuszu helped design and build the first gen motor but since then I'm sure that design has shifted more "in house".
For that matter, at the time the first gen motor was designed, GM held a huge stake in Isuzu maybe as much as 40% so technically the Duramax has always been a GM motor.

Anyone want to talk about when GM held stake in VM Motori?

And it's damn hard to beat a Chevy motor!

I love how the FORD fan-boys always come up with excuses when a superior truck made by GM beats it. You guys are exactly like my nephew, brother in law, and father in law...all Ford lovers and they have excuses after excuses, every time FORD get beat in a competition!! UNREAL!!!


Great point! But ford and ford fans are not interested in facts.......like politicians!


Hey look who is following FORD STEPS just like GARBAGE MOTORS. follow the leader leader leader follow the leader. Good bye gaymi.

Rumor: I-4 Turbo to Replace Pentastar V-6, I-6 Turbo to Replace 5.7 Hemi in FCA LineupBig Changes Possibly Coming for FCA Powerplant.
The last five to seven years have seen some major developments in truck and SUV powertrains, with eight, nine and 10-speed automatics going from the realm of exotic to mainstream, and forced-induction six-cylinders becoming accepted by the notoriously traditional full-size truck market. Well, if you thought the Ford EcoBoost V-6 in the F-150 was a mind-blowing game-changer, be prepared to have your mind blown again, if a report from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) enthusiast blog Allpar.com is true.

The site is claiming that the well-regarded Pentastar V-6 is headed into its golden years, and at best has another 6-10 years left in it before it’s replaced by a turbocharged I-4 across the FCA lineup. The I-4 engine, codenamed “GME” will displace approximately 2.4 liters, and will reportedly feature direct fuel injection, a close-coupled catalyst, a twin-scroll turbocharged, offset crankshaft, belt starter/generator (facilitating auto stop-start functionality), and a variable flow electric water pump. The high-tech engine will reportedly be offered in two stages of tune, one making between 240-260 horsepower, and a high-output version making around 300 horsepower, reportedly slated for the JL Wrangler, and possibly for the Ram 1500. Additional potential applications include the Jeep Cherokee and Grand Cherokee, and the next-generation Dodge Charger and Chrysler 300, as well as the Pacifica minivan.

You may remember a few months ago when we reported that production of the 5.7L Hemi was being wound down, in parallel with the model cycle for the Ram 1500. In this latest update, Allpar claims the 5.7L Hemi will be replaced by a high-tech turbocharged I-6 engine, featuring many of the same features as the GME I-4. Exact displacement is unknown, but will likely be between 3.0 and 3.6 liters, with output of more than 400 hp and 400 lb-ft of torque. What this means for the future of the Hemi V-8 is also unknown. The 6.4L and 6.2L supercharged Hemi engines will likely live on another 3–5 years in the SRT models, and the 6.4L V-8 will likely continue to be offered in the Ram HD models. However, the 5.7L’s days may be numbered in the Ram 1500 and Grand Cherokee. While we’re all for technology and progress, we have to admit we’ll be a little sad to see the curtains come down on the 5.7L Hemi. Will turbocharged, downsized power get Mopar enthusiasts just as excited? We may be about to find out in the near future.

Hey! That old 7.3 and 6.0! Now that's fine Ford.....uh.........oh yeah International work!!

Well at least Ram has a oops! Cummins!!!

Chin, Ford wins again.


Posted by: Trucky048 | May 31, 2017 3:43:07 PM
Like your Living in the past ,lol .Ford beats GM
Who is #2 , not #1 that is reserved for FORD.
Kemit do you have 2017 numbers??? Yeah thats what I thought.

Ford-King of the recalls.
Quality is job none.

If you like slower, by a Ford or one of the other Chevy competitors.

0 to 60 at what cost? Aluminum axles housings instead of steal?
C channel instead of solid boxed? CV boot axles instead of a solid axle? Aluminum bed instead of steal? I think durability is number one in H.D. vs quick. Plastic is quicker than steal. I perfer steal especially in a Heavy Duty truck.

All HDs are boxed and faster than the Ram. Ram uses the most plastic and sticker pkgs and has the worst crash test ratings and worst reliability and are the slowest.

To all those who are ranting about the Duramax emissions scam, who cares?
Do you really think most HD diesel owners care? It will cost GM millions, maybe billions but it won't hurt sales.
Could this possibly be the reason Ford is having trouble getting power to the rear wheels? Don't know how they rate hp/torque when considering emissions equipment. Perhaps Ford actually has a system that works??

As far as acceleration, get me to the speed limit and I am fine. Hauling cattle tonight and my small block V8 does fine. I rarely see a on ramp and that is the way I like it.

Looks like Ran has taken a page out of the Ford playbook.

Ram has taken a page out of the Ford playbook.

Where is johnny dumb dumb. I bet he is hiding just like a little queer. And hey johnny dumb dumb quit using my user name you @$$ hole

And yes ford is the king of TRUCKS. Not like garbage motors that is cheating, big @$$ liar!!!!

There are so many​ ignorant people on here...

A) The Duramax has been 100% in house since the LMM before that, 60-40 GM
B) GM hasn't cheated on anything..there is a bogus liberal Law Suit... And we all know the EPA is a joke..
C) the L5P has zero in common with the original LB7 Duramax apart from displacement...

Get over it.. The Duramax started the torque war in 01 and has won every legitimate test since.. and will continue..

Fords are just paper champs...The Durmax/Allison buts the power to the ground!

The Duramax is a General Motors diesel engine family for trucks, designed by GM and Isuzu. The 6.6-liter Duramax is produced by DMAX, a joint venture between GM and Isuzu in Moraine, Ohio.


GM, Isuzu Invest More in Duramax Plant
Posted by Mark Williams | December 15, 2015

The Moraine, Ohio, facility that produces GM's Duramax turbo-diesel 6.6-liter V-8 engine is going through another plant expansion to accommodate increased demand for the heavy-duty engine.


GM/Isuzu to Invest $60 million at Duramax Plant
Posted by Mark Williams | February 5, 2014
GM/Isuzu to Invest $60 million at Duramax PlantGM and Isuzu are investing $60 million in the plant producing the 6.6-liter Duramax TD engines.



DMAX of Moraine, Ohio, is a manufacturer of diesel engines for trucks. DMAX, originally announced in December 1998, is a joint venture between and operated by General Motors and Isuzu. The company's Duramax V8 engine has been extremely successful[clarification needed] for GM.

The DMAX plant was built on a land grant site adjacent to a GM plant that made the 6.2/6.5 L 6.2 L Diesel V8. Production of that engine began in 1982.

Circle L engine – 1.7 L I4 (produced at Isuzu Motors Polska)
DMAX V6 engine – 3.0 L V6 (produced in Fujisawa, Kanagawa, Japan)
Duramax V8 engine – 6.6 L V8 (produced at DMAX)


GM, Isuzu hit the gas on expansion of engine production at joint factory
Apr 11, 2017, 10:38am EDT

Days after engine No. 2 million rolled off the lines at DMAX Ltd., employees celebrated — and went back to work. The Moraine-based plant that is operated as a joint venture between Detroit's General Motors and Japan's Isuzu is busier than ever.

Recently, Plant Manager Pat Curtis walked among the bustling lines in the busy engine plant as robot dollies deliver parts to assembly lines where workers build them into Duramax diesel engines for heavy-duty Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickup trucks, military Humvees and more. The joint venture between General Motors (NYSE: GM) and Isuzu is hiring nearly 200 workers and hopes to grow its workforce to 750 this year, including third-party vendors on site.
The Duramax Engine plant in Moraine, Ohio, is jointly operated by General Motors and Isuzu.
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The Duramax Engine plant in Moraine, Ohio, is jointly operated by General Motors and… more

Note: Click the photos above to see inside the high-tech plant.

"There's a great sense of pride here," said Curtis, who joined DMAX as plant manager just two months ago coming from a Michigan GM facility. "Truck people know the name Duramax."

Most joint ventures last only a few years, but with 17 years under its belt, the engine manufacturer has no intention of stopping. In fact, additional investment from its parent groups are priming the factory for growth.

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All HDs are boxed and faster than the Ram. Ram uses the most plastic and sticker pkgs and has the worst crash test ratings and worst reliability and are the slowest.

Posted by: Danny | May 31, 2017 6:53:53 PM




A diesel is not meant for fast acceleration, it's meant for getting a load moving with maximum torque at low RPMs.

Chevy's front end is not cut out for heavy loads. Fords Aluminum bed isn't either.




Looks like Ford needs to rename its "Super Duty" to "Stupor Duty". Good job GM, skunked them all again!

Better luck next time Fecal Matter Company. Chevy always wins and Fecal always loses.


I was just looking at what some global diesel pickups are capable of.

The V6 diesel VW Amarok does a 0-60 in 7.5 sec, not bad. It also has a top speed of over 120mph, much faster than any of our pickups.

Some food food for thought.

I'd expect the V6 diesel Mercedes Benz midsizer to become the world's quickest diesel pickup in 0-60 and top speed.

We might have some work to do to at least keep the quickest stock 0-60 diesel pickup. We can't keep the fastest as our pickups are speed limited to 98mph. Even a European 2.2 litre diesel pickup is faster than that.

While people may compare times from different tests, it is best to use the times from the same track and conditions. For comparison, Car and Driver got 6.2 second 0-60 from a '17 2500 HD Silverado. To me this is merely a data point. These rigs are not road or drag strip queens. While it's impressive amongst all of these, let's not get wrapped around the axle about this.

I swear this site baits the brand loyalists so they can step up and defend their favorite machine be it GM, Ford, Ram
Ford won comparison referenced in the article because there is a lot more to life than straight line acceleration. The GM had 3:73 rear the Ford 3:55 - any of you gear heads know if this mattered given the final drive ratio of the drivetrain.

I stand corrected, maybe GM will show increase in profits now that they cut even more jobs, totaling 5K.....ouch.


The GM had 3:73 rear the Ford 3:55 - any of you gear heads know if this mattered given the final drive ratio of the drivetrain.

Posted by: Grnzel1 | Jun 1, 2017 6:14:08 AM

Ford claims to have more torque. It should have been able to over come a very slight gearing disadvantage.

Not necessarily true. We would really need to know the 1/8 mile trap speed. "Torque gets you there, horsepower gets you there quicker". The difference is .5 second but the GM was about 1 mph faster. This was won by horsepower or drive ratio, not torque.

Looking back at the article dyno testing the GM developed more torque 775 vs 721 and more HP 385 vs 369. Yet the Ford was within a half second with a slightly taller rear end.

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