Detroit Diesel’s Series 60 ranked second best diesel engine ever

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DETROIT, Mich. — Detroit Diesel Corporation’s flagship Series 60 heavy-duty diesel engine was recently recognized by Diesel Power Magazine as the No. 2 ranked “Best Diesel Engine Ever” list compiled by the publication. The No. 1 ranking went to Rudolph Diesel’s first working diesel engine. Diesel is considered by many to be the “father” of the modern diesel engine.

“We are very proud to be recognized by Diesel Power Magazine. This is a huge compliment to the well-renowned history of our Series 60,” said Gregory Stohler, director of marketing for Detroit Diesel. “With its reliability, durability and excellent fuel economy, this recognition really validates what we know has been a superior product in the marketplace since its launch in 1987. Looking ahead, we are confident that we will bring an equally superb product to our customers and the market for 2007.”

Since its launch in 1987, Detroit Diesel has manufactured more than 850,000 Series 60 engines. The engine, which was the first heavy-duty diesel engine with fully integrated electronic controls, has led the industry for on-highway diesel power, according to officials. Additionally, since 1992, the engine has been North America’s most popular heavy-duty on-highway diesel engine.

“With up to 515 horsepower and up to 1,650 lb. of torque, we know the Series 60 has been considered a workhorse for over-the-road and longhaul applications for nearly 20 years,” Stohler said. “We pride ourselves on providing a truly reliable engine to our customers.”

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  • Thank you for confirmation.
    DD Series 60 is a stellar engine.
    I pull 53s for a major overnight air and truck delivery outfit… ’08 Century Class Freightliner twin drives with 10 Speed Eaton-Fuller. The chassis and engine have 1.272 million miles — all original, engine oil changes only — a phenomenal engine. Pulls in all gears, starts every time, downshift revs sometimes to 2,000 — she keeps on pulling.

  • The 2007 frieghtliner century class S/T that I tour across Canada taking 2 months to go across from Vancouver Island to the far reaches of Newfoundland. For I am a mover that moves people from one place to another. For those who don’t know what a mover is. Anyways this frieghtliner I am in does not even get 9miles to a gallon mean while a smaller truck like a pickup gets 14miles to a gallon. What do you think should a bigger truck get the same milage as that of a pickup truck. For I believe that as remarkable as this motors is I believe we should be able to get more out of big rigs for as motors go. I like this frieghtliner but now it’s losing power, making strange noises and no matter how many times we send it in to get fixed, it comes back with another problem. Maybe it’s time to retire the truck but the company will have to do that. For as it stands, I won’t buy this truck from them. However I may buy a better truck that is older at least if it still runs you know you have a good truck. I do hope that the manufactures will keep trying and maybe one day get it perfectly as humanly possible. For I don’t mean any disrespect to those who put a good effort on making them but the fuel economy deserves better milage.

  • I have a 2006 western star 4900ex with a Detroit 60 series 14L engine with almost 2 million original miles. No motor work done just the basics. 515 hp 10 speed. I luv this thing. Wouldnt trade it for the for any other motor.

  • I am sorta retired now but was a diesel mechanic from 1968 until? Love the 2 cycle but as soon as the series 6pcame out a d I went to a. Introduction of them at DD in Fresno ca.,there is a beautiful engine a engineering marvel. Very si.le yetdesig ed erfect.