Ford certainly has a take no prisoners attitude lately when it comes to the new F-Series Super Duty.
Monday, the automaker announced the 2017 F-Series Super Duty will beat the competition in the numbers game – big time. The F-450 will be capable of conventionally towing a 21,000-pound trailer, which Ford says is 1,000 pounds more than the competition.
Ford didn’t stop with towing capacity on the Super Duty. It says its 6.7-liter Power Stroke V8 turbo diesel gives it a class-leading 440 horsepower and class-leading 925 pound-feet of torque. That’s for all pickup models from F-250 to F-450. The 6.2-liter V8 gas model offers a best-in-class 430 lb-ft of torque.
The latest news certainly can’t make Ford’s competition too happy, especially on the heels of Ford’s F-150 announcement last week. The automaker surprised everyone by announcing the F-150 will offer best-in-class torque.
Ford beefed up the Super Duty’s towing capacity, horsepower and torque thanks to shedding some of the trucks weight. The switch to a lighter aluminum body saves 350 pounds over a steel one. Ford reinvested the weight savings in “more robust” components for its improved towing capacity and better performance numbers.
Here’s a look at break down of the best-in-class towing numbers for the 2017 Super Duty:
- Ford F-450 Super Duty SuperCrew 4×4 now features a maximum gooseneck tow rating of 32,500 pounds – 1,290 pounds more than its nearest competitor, a regular cab two-door pickup.
- Maximum fifth-wheel towing is increased to 27,500 – 2,500 pounds better than the nearest competitor.
- Ford F-450 Super Duty SuperCrew 4×4 features a maximum gooseneck tow rating of 32,500 pounds – 1,290 pounds more than its nearest competitor, a regular cab two-door pickup. Maximum fifth-wheel towing is increased to 27,500 – 2,500 pounds better than the nearest competitor.
- Maximum conventional towing is increased to 21,000 pounds – 1,000 pounds better than the nearest competitors’ trucks and without the need for a weight-distributing hitch. Maximum conventional towing with F-250, with the all-new trailer tow package, and F-350 single-rear wheel are increased to a class-leading 18,000 pounds.
- Maximum gross combined weight rating for truck and trailer now tops out at a class-leading 41,800 pounds – more than half the maximum weight of an 18-wheeler semi-tractor trailer combination on most federal highways.
Ford’s new Super Duty is also the first truck to offer adaptive cruise control and collision warning with brake support for heavy trailers. There are also cameras all over the place for towing and trailering support. A first-ever factory-available trailer camera can also be custom-placed on a trailer to improve visibility backing up.
You can check out all of the Super Duty’s smart technology in Ford’s video below.
The new Super Duty goes on sale this fall.