7.2 Percent Hill Climb (Loaded)

7.2 Percent Hill Climb (Loaded)


this is michael Levine from pickup trucks
.com and we’re at General Motors milford proving grounds for seven percent
hillclimb with our halftime tow test each pickup truck has been equipped with
a 6500 pound trailer and we’ve got a seven percent quarter-mile grade behind
us we’re going to time each of the trucks
up the hill for the fastest time one of our tests was a 7.2 percent hill climb
with a 6500 pound trailer because we’re pickup truly earns its keep is how well
it performs climbing hills with a load behind it we chose GM’s proving grounds
for several reasons first we want to controlled conditions under which we
could run repeatable and measurable standardized test to compare the results
of each truck relative to itself and to the others second testing on public
highways can be difficult there was a chance we get stuck behind
slower traffic or we’d have to repeat a test and not require several miles and
lots of time to go back and start over again the 7.2 percent grade that we
tested on with 1720 feet long that’s about 400 feet longer than a
quarter-mile for each of the runs both the truck and the trailer were
completely on the grade and stationary prior to the start of the run all the
trucks run with touhou mode enabled in two-wheel drive each run up the hill
started from a hard stop too wide open throttle for the entire length of the
course the result was an incredibly close finish between reforming Fox the chevy silverado GMC
sierra and toyota tundra finished incredibly close to each other the
Silverado finish first but under second and the CR third the Silverado and
tender and so close to each other up the hill that we could have handed stuff
back and forth between the two trucks we checked up the Silverados narrow win to
6.2 liter engines extra horsepower and torque over the Tundra’s 5.7 liter motor
the dodge ram did well to it finished and forth only one point oh eight
seconds behind the Sierra in fact it was only half a second behind the GM and
toyota pickup through the first 430 feet looking at 6,500 pounds sled the problem
the ram started to lose momentum as soon as it hit that tall second gear the ram
was followed by the fifth-place ford f-150 and its new six-speed transmission
we really like the way that transmission held the RPMs high and touhou mode
before shifting of the hill nissan titan brought up the back of the pack what you’ve just seen is a small part of
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