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Diesel Mustang: Contemplating a 570 lb.-ft. Mustang with Exhaust Smelling of French Fries

Posted December 20, 2017 9:00 AM by dstrohl
Pathfinder Tags: diesel mustang Power Stroke

While facing the unenviable task of lugging my life’s belongings to a new domicile a while back, I had the opportunity to step into a new Ford F250 Super Duty Power Stroke Turbo Diesel. I knew the Power Stroke name but, harboring no interest in trucks beyond my ability to borrow one occasionally, I had not experienced one. I’ve driven enough modern trucks to know that they’re more car-like than a lot of cars (this, while cars now aspire to be trucks), but this was my first real crack at a diesel since I rode shotgun in Mark Szabo’s clanky old Olds Custom Cruiser oil-burner back in high school. I wasn’t expecting much.

Boy, what a surprise. The current Power Stroke diesel in the truck I drove was a turbocharged, all-iron pushrod four-valve 6.0-liter V-8 that pumped out 325 horsepower and—wait for it—570 pound-foot of torque—at just 2,000 rpm! Just a tickle of the accelerator (you can’t really call it a gas pedal) sends you hurling forward smoothly and impossibly fast for something that size. There wasn’t that snap of the neck when you stomped the pedal, no shredding of those tall tires, but you got moving faster than you had any right to. This, in a truck that (in its lightest guise) weighs upwards of three tons, probably closer to 6,500 pounds, and sports the aerodynamic prowess of a supermarket.

Well Power Stroke has arrived in a sports car.

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Re: Diesel Mustang: Contemplating a 570 lb.-ft. Mustang with Exhaust Smelling of French Fries

12/20/2017 4:58 PM

It's been done. On a much grander scale.

1970 Cuda. "Torc"

6.7L Cummins diesel.

1500 rear wheel horse power.

3000+ foot pounds torque.

http://hot-cars.org/2016/03/08/1970-plymouth-cuda-torc-6-7l-nos-turbo-diesel/

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