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Ford claims Super Duty is most capable heavy-duty pickup truck yet

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Words: Robert Barry   |   Photos Ford Motor Company
6 Dec 2017

The Ford Motor Company has fired another shot across the bow of General Motors and Fiat Chrysler’s Ram Truck brands in the battle for horsepower supremacy with its newly upgraded 6.7-litre power stroke diesel engine in the F-450 Super Duty truck line.

The Blue Oval says it is now delivering the most horsepower and torque yet available among all heavy-duty pickups, and the addition of a F-450 4X2 model, provides the segment’s best payload and towing capability.

The 2018 Super Duty engine offers 335 kilowatts of power and 1267 Newton metres of torque, or in old money that is 450 horsepower which is ten more horses than the previous generation engine according to Ford.

The F-450 range now offers up to 15,420kg (34,000 pounds) of towing capability when using a gooseneck connection or 9,525kg (21,000 pounds) when using a conventional towing hitch. It has a 3,460kg (7630 pounds) payload capacity.

Upgrades to the 2018 Ford 6.7-litre power stroke engine include redesigned cylinder heads for added strength under higher loads, plus optimised fuel and turbo boost calibrations to take advantage of the increased cylinder head capacity for increased horsepower and torque.

Ford says it is the only heavy-duty truck manufacturer that designs and builds its own diesel engine and transmission combination. It says this approach enables its engineers to optimise vehicle performance across the entire lineup and to further refine the powertrain to the specific needs of the customer.

For those who rely on their pickups to haul big trailers, the F-450 Super Duty 4x2 dual-rear-wheel truck is now available for both retail and fleet customers.

Leveraging the benefits of a high-strength steel box frame, integrated gooseneck hitch mounts, and added load capacity thanks to Ford’s high-strength aluminum-alloy body, the 2018 F-450 4x2 tows 15,420kg with a gooseneck style towing connection.

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