Which new 2022 heavy-duty diesel pickup truck is the quickest? Which one put the power down in the most effective way? We put the latest 2022 Ford F-250 Power Stroke, 2022 Chevy Silverado 2500 HD Duramax, and a 2022 Ram 2500 HD Cummins on our new airstrip 1/4-mile track. We let these new torque-rich pickups really stretch their legs.
Here are the trucks we are testing.
|Ford F-250||Chevy Silverado HD||Ram HD|
|Engine||6.7L turbo-diesel V8||6.6L turbo-diesel V8||6.7L turbo-diesel I6 S.O.|
|Power||475 HP||445 HP||370 HP|
|Torque||1,050 Lb-Ft||910 Lb-Ft||850 Lb-Ft|
|Transmission||10-speed Auto||10-speed Auto||6-speed Auto|
|Curb Weight||~ 8,000 lbs||~ 8,200 lbs||~ 7,700 lbs|
The standard output 6.7L Cummins straight-six in the Ram 2500 HD is the least powerful, but this Ram 2500 Big Horn crew-cab 4×4 has the lightest curb weight.
Spoiler alert: here are the final 1/4-mile drag race results (according to our SoloDL GPS device). All tests are performed at Christman Field runway in Colorado. The elevation is 5,160 feet above sea level (about 1-mile high), so acceleration times are a bit slower than if tested at sea level.
As you can see, the Chevy HD Duramax is very effective at putting its power to the ground. It has a significantly better 60-foot time and initial speed. The Ford Power Stroke appears to do some “torque management” even with traction control and Advance-Trac systems disabled. The Ford appears to be limiting the torque and power at first to prevent wheel spin. The Cummins has a decent launch, but the acceleration slows down after 1,000 feet. The Power Stroke does the opposite. The Ford comes to life further down the track and begins to pull away.
In the end, the stock Cummins ran a 17.05-second 1/4-mile. The stock Duramax ran a 16.51-second 1/4-mile, and the Power Stroke was the quickest at 16.05 seconds.
Please stay tuned for more fun drag races coming very soon.