EVOLUTION OF THE DURAMAX ENGINE
What makes a great car? Is it the luxury features and flamboyant interior? Is it the structural design and the wheel fitment? Oh….. Wait the engine! The power house built and divided into chambers with the most intricate alloy technology which utilizes combustion of fuel to generate power and speed for road and track performances. There are hundreds of engine brands, unique and quite powerful but the one engine model that has caught the curiosity and attention of enthusiast in the automotive industry is the Duramax.
Let us take a trip down memory lane to further emphasize the quality and resilience of the Duramax engine.
Duramax LB7 (2001 to 2004)
This model gained an early out break as its features got the automotive community abuzz. The LB7 featured 6.6L V8 and 4-valves per cylinder iron cast engine forged with aluminum tops. It ran a capacity of 300hp at 3,100rpm with 520 Lb-ft at 1,800 rpm which were pretty great numbers at that time. Best compatible vehicles were Chevrolet Silverado HD and the GMC sierra HD
Duramax LLy (2004 to 2005)
The LLY was built to cover up the lapses of the first model. It was designed with a valve train which greatly improves maintenance access. It also comes with turbo charger for better throttle performance and an exhaust gas re-circulation mechanism. It runs at an improved 310hp at 3,000 rpm and 650lb-ft at 1,500rpm.
Duramax LBZ (2006 to 2007)
The LBZ featured stout connection rods, higher pressure levels on fuel injection, brand new pistons, and improved control of emission. It runs at an increased 360 hp and 650lb-ft. this model was an all-time favorite and still continues to make waves at the used truck sales.
Duramax LMM (2008 to 2010)
This model was the first to be manufactured with diesel particulate filler along with other enhancements such as closed ventilation mechanism. It offers 365hp at 3200 rpm and 660lb-ft at 1,600rpm.
Duramax LML (2011 to 2016)
Reduction in emission was what set this model apart from its predecessors, along with improved fuel circulation system that could hold B20 diesel which was a mixture of 80% diesel and 20% biodiesel. These changes definitely created an upscale in performance, durability and rigidness of the engine. The numbers on the capacity has improved, running at 397hp and 765lb-ft of torque.
Duramax LGH (2011)
A turbo charged 6.6L v-8, 335hp and 685lb-ft. this model was specialty designed for the GMC savanna and the Chevrolet express.
Duramax L5p (2017 model)
This brings us to the most updated version which completely makes up for all the challenges experience in the series. This model was made to improve fuel economy durability and reduce emission. It hoards a 445hp 910lb-ft torque. This highly competitive model brings out the genius in the Duramax brand.
At this rate the automotive community cannot wait to see what else the Duramax brand has up its sleeves. The expectations may be pretty high but the brand has always given above a 100% on every new production so we can expect nothing but the best.