2011 FORD SUPER DUTY: ALL-NEW POWERTRAINS, CLASS-LEADING CAPABILITY
- The 2011 F-Series Super Duty boasts all-new powertrains,
led by the Ford-designed, Ford-engineered and Ford-built 6.7-liter
Power Stroke® V-8 turbocharged diesel engine, which delivers
significantly improved torque and horsepower as well as class-leading
fuel economy while maintaining best-in-class towing and payload
capability; new engine also has biodiesel compatibility up to B20
- A new 6.2-liter V-8 gasoline engine also is added to the
lineup; it also delivers significantly improved torque and horsepower
as well as class-leading fuel economy; new gas engine can run on
regular-grade gasoline, E85 or any blend in between
- An all-new 6R140 heavy-duty TorqShift® six-speed
automatic transmission gets the new diesel engine’s low-end torque to
the ground faster; the six-speed transmission has full SelectShiftâ„¢
capability, giving customers the convenience of a manual gearbox
- Available Ford Work Solutionsâ„¢ plus a new flow-through
console with 110-volt inverter, new seats and locking underseat storage
add even more productivity in the Super Duty’s role as office on
wheels; new 4.2-inch LCD Productivity Screen delivers array of
- The new 6R140 transmission is available with segment-exclusive Live Drive Power Take Off (PTO) with the new diesel
2011 Ford F-Series Super Duty Media Site
DALLAS, Sept. 24, 2009 ““ Ford Super Duty customers expect and demand
capability from the best-selling heavy-duty truck in America. For most
Super Duty owners, it’s the core asset of their business. Day after
day, year after year, it’s expected to deliver results in the most
demanding situations. No nonsense. And never any excuses.
“Our Super Duty customers do some of America’s toughest jobs,” said
Mark Fields, Ford president of The Americas. “Every day they’re out
there working with little fanfare and all they ask is the right tool
for the job. The new 2011 Super Duty offers them a truck with
best-in-class towing and payload, all-new powertrains and even more
capability than ever to help them do their jobs.”
Ford’s F-Series has been the best-selling line of trucks in the U.S.
for 32 straight years. The new Super Duty further underscores Ford’s
Built Ford Tough legacy.
“The 2011 Super Duty offers the widest array of solutions for the
widest array of heavy-duty work truck customers,” said Chris Brewer,
chief engineer. “The Super Duty lineup offers a variety of body styles
and powertrains, from diesel and gasoline engines, each with a new
six-speed transmission, to pickup trucks and chassis cabs, each with
the towing and payload capabilities that define Super Duty.”
New diesel and gasoline engines deliver improved torque, horsepower, fuel economy
For 2011, Super Duty features both an all-new diesel and gasoline
engine that are mated to a new transmission. The new diesel, the
6.7-liter Power Stroke V-8 turbocharged diesel engine, was designed,
engineered and built by a Ford team dedicated solely to delivering this
class-leading diesel engine to the next-generation Super Duty to enable
continued best-in-class towing and payload.
Benefits of the new 6.7-liter Power Stroke diesel engine:
- First use of a compacted graphite iron (CGI) engine block
in a Super Duty-class vehicle in North America; CGI is stronger than
cast iron, and Ford successfully has used the material in engine blocks
in products around the world. The block structure was optimized for
reduced weight and maximum strength to meet the demands of higher
torque and more horsepower and enable class-leading fuel economy.
- Unique inboard exhaust and outboard intake architecture,
an automotive-industry first for a modern production diesel, reduces
overall exhaust system volume, which leads to better throttle response;
a reduced exhaust system surface area minimizes heat transfer to the
engine compartment and improves NVH (noise, vibration and harshness).
- The turbocharger features an industry-first dual-sided
compressor wheel that works in a single housing. The unit is uniquely
center-mounted on a pedestal low in the back of the valley for improved
NVH. The design allows the single unit to deliver the advantages of a
twin-turbocharger system in a smaller, more efficient package,
combining the benefits of a small turbocharger (faster response) and a
large turbocharger (ability to compress and force more air into the
engine for more power) in one unit.
- The high-pressure fuel system injects fuel at more than
29,000 psi. The system delivers up to five injection events per
cylinder per cycle using eight-hole piezo injectors to spray fuel into
the piston bowl. The direct-injection system is calibrated and phased
for optimum power, fuel efficiency and NVH.
- Aluminum cylinder heads for reduced weight; the mid-deck
construction with dual water jackets provides increased strength and
optimal cooling; six-head bolts, instead of four as found on other
engines, help improve sealing and maintain cylinder integrity even with
the higher firing pressures.
- Compatible up to B20 fuel, allowing greener fueling options of up to 20 percent biodiesel and 80 percent petroleum diesel.
“Developing the new 6.7-liter Power Stroke V-8 turbocharged diesel
engine was an awesome endeavor,” said Adam Gryglak, lead 6.7-liter
diesel engineering manager. “After all the engineering and testing,
we’re confident this engine will ensure the new Super Duty continues
its leadership in capability, reliability and productivity.”
The engine and aftertreatment system for the 6.7-liter Power Stroke
V-8 turbocharged diesel powertrain ably meets the new, more stringent
2010 federal emissions requirements for nitrogen oxides (NOx), which
have to be lowered by approximately 80 percent.
New gasoline engine delivers more torque, horsepower than outgoing model
Ford tapped into a bit of its proud racing heritage to create the new
6.2-liter V-8 gasoline engine, which uses big-bore architecture to
produce horsepower and class-leading fuel economy. The V-8’s large bore
(102 mm) allows for larger intake and exhaust valves for improved
engine breathing, and the short stroke (95 mm) allows higher engine
speed for increased horsepower.
Benefits of the new 6.2-liter V-8 gasoline engine include:
- SOHC valvetrain with roller-rocker shafts:
The single overhead camshaft (SOHC) per cylinder head design results in
a stiff valvetrain that allows optimized camshaft lift profiles and
results in great low-speed torque. The roller-rocker shafts allow valve
angles to be splayed, resulting in optimized intake and exhaust port
layout for better breathing.
- Dual-equal variable cam timing: Intake
and exhaust valve opening and closing events are phased at the same
time to optimize fuel economy and performance throughout the engine
speed range and throttle positions.
- Two spark plugs per cylinder: Due to the
large bore size, two spark plugs per cylinder are used to more
efficiently burn the fuel-air mixture in the combustion chamber,
enabling better fuel economy and increased engine torque. The twin
plugs also help the engine maintain a smooth, stable idle.
- Dual knock sensors: A knock sensor on
each bank of cylinders of the V-8 engine allows the spark timing of
each of the cylinders to be individually optimized real time,
throughout the engine speed range. The engine learns the optimum timing
via an adaptive algorithm.
- Better engine crankcase “breathing” and efficiency:
Significant development work and computer-aided engineering optimized
the cylinder block for more efficient airflow in the crankcase as the
pistons move up and down in the bores, resulting in improved torque at
higher engine speeds. Piston-cooling jets squirt oil on the underside
of the pistons to keep the piston crowns cool under extreme operating
conditions. The cooling jets also allow for a higher compression ratio
for better engine efficiency and faster engine oil warm-up on cold
starts, also improving fuel economy.
New TorqShift transmission harnesses and manages the power; Live Drive PTO available
The all-new 6R140 heavy-duty TorqShift six-speed automatic transmission
was designed to manage the high low-end torque produced by the new
diesel engine. The same basic transmission also is mated to the new
gasoline engine, giving customers of either engine the ability to
efficiently get the increased torque and horsepower to the ground.
Engineered for greater efficiency and fuel economy, improvements
include refined architecture to provide relatively low clutch speeds,
which result in lower drag losses, and optimized fluid levels and
drainback to reduce churning of fluid while also providing superior
In addition to hardware-based improvements, the new transmission
features enhanced Tow Haul with integrated engine exhaust braking and
SelectShift Automatic capability, which includes Progressive Range
Select and a manual mode, allowing customers to select the gear to suit
The new TorqShift transmission also enables the first application of
Live Drive PTO (Power Take Off) in a Super Duty-class vehicle. On 2011
Super Duty diesels with the PTO prep option, the PTO output gear is
linked through the torque converter to the engine crankshaft. This
allows the transmission to power auxiliary equipment such as snowplows,
aerial lifts, tow truck lifts, cement mixers or dump trucks. The power
is available any time the engine is running.
Pioneered on agricultural applications, the Live Drive feature is
particularly useful when mobile PTO function is required during
start-stop operations, such as salt spreading or snow plowing. “A fully
functional Live Drive mobile PTO will allow Super Duty customers to
take full advantage of the equipment on their trucks,” said Al Bruck,
6R140 transmission engineering manager.
Best-in-class towing and payload; new towing options
Putting all that power to work is what defines Super Duty. The 2011
Super Duty features increased towing and payload capability, extending
its best-in-class rating, and also offering more towing from inside the
bed. New is the first-ever factory-installed and warranted fifth wheel
and gooseneck substructure directly attached to the frame.
“Our system is factory-installed and with a limited warranty from
Ford. The electrical connection is mounted in the side of the bed wall,
providing a clean installation,” said Peter Frantzeskakis, vehicle
Particularly noteworthy are productivity enhancements to the F-450
pickup to benefit the heaviest-duty trailer tow customers. Unneeded
weight was shed, helping to improve fuel economy and top speed. Even
with these changes, the Super Duty F-450 pickup maintains its
class-leading gross combined weight rating of 33,000 pounds.
Addition of Trailer Sway Control leads safety enhancements
Ford’s lauded Trailer Sway Control (TSC) system joins the Super Duty
lineup, giving those customers segment-first capability. TSC is
integrated with AdvanceTrac® with Roll Stability Controlâ„¢, which now is
standard on all single rear wheel (SRW) configurations.
The AdvanceTrac control module uses additional software to monitor
the truck’s motion when a trailer is attached. Trailer Sway Control can
determine from the yaw motion of the truck if the trailer is swaying
and take measures ““ such as applying precise braking or reducing engine
torque ““ to help reduce the trailer sway.
For further peace of mind, the available integrated trailer brake
controller, factory-installed and covered by a Ford limited warranty,
offers smoother and safer operation due to its ability to interface
with multiple vehicle systems.
Normal braking is proportional to driver brake pressure for smooth
brake stops at all speeds. If the vehicle’s Anti-lock Brake System
(ABS) is engaged, the special trailer brake kicks in to minimize the
potential for trailer wheel lock up. In Super Duty trucks with Trailer
Brake Control towing trailers with electric brakes, the Ford system
can, during a sway event, also apply brakes to the trailer to help
Other enhanced towing, off-road control features and safety improvements include:
- Hill Start Assist, which applies brakes to prevent rollback
- Hill Descent Controlâ„¢, which uses the accelerator and brake to set, and then hold, the speed
- Electronic Locking Differential, which provides maximum traction by forcing the rear wheels to turn at the same speed
- Standard tire pressure monitoring system on all SRW (single rear wheel) models
- Optional side air bags and air curtains
- A new available 4.2-inch LCD screen includes information on specific features such as Trailer Brake Control and Tow Haul
Improved ride, handling and steering for a more comfortable experience
In addition to increased towing and payload capability and improved
fuel mileage enabled by the new powertrains, customers of the next
Super Duty also will benefit from improved ride, handling and steering.
For 2011, the engineering team optimized the frame and suspension of
the current Super Duty, particularly the leaf springs and spring rate,
as well as adjusting the internal valving in all the shock absorbers to
enable greater towing and payload capability with further ride
The steering gear also is new. The 4×2 F-250 and F-350 Super Duty
feature modified steering system geometry to take better advantage of
the twin I-beam suspension, which combines the performance of an
independent suspension with the durability of a beam axle suspension.
Improved response, precision and better on-center steering and control
come from making the steering gear symmetric left to right.
The result is greater customer comfort, confidence and control in all situations.
“A big part of the comfort in Super Duty trucks comes through
controllability,” said Dan Gompper, vehicle dynamics supervisor. “No
matter if the truck is loaded or unloaded, full trailer or empty
trailer, customers can be fully confident.”
Bold exterior, new flow-through console highlights interior
The new hood of the 2011 Super Duty, with its prominent inverted power
dome, complements the new diesel and gasoline engines lurking beneath.
“Super Duty” is stamped on the upper grille, with a larger Ford oval
proudly gracing the front.
Inside, customers will benefit from a new reconfigurable
flow-through console that improves the functionality of the truck.
Storage space is increased about 60 percent, and at least 70 different
configurations are possible. A 12-volt powerpoint is available at the
rear of the console and another is located inside the main bin, which
is lockable. A 110-volt power inverter is standard with all console
Improved productivity through Ford Work Solutions
For many customers, the Super Duty cab also serves as a mobile office.
Industry-exclusive Ford Work Solutions is part of available technology
to help customers stay connected with their business from the job site
and track tools.
A new available 4.2-inch LCD Productivity Screen allows customers to
take full advantage of the 2011 Super Duty’s capabilities; an off-road
message center has been added as well. The five-way button on the
steering wheel allows customers to navigate through various menu
options ““ several relating to fuel economy and towing convenience ““
never before available on a Super Duty truck.
Continuing the legacy of quality
With all-new powertrains enabling greater towing and payload
capability, safety enhancements such as Trailer Sway Control added and
greater functionality with available Ford Work Solutions, the new 2011
Ford Super Duty is poised to continue its legacy as America’s premier
The accolades the current Super Duty has received, based on 2009 model year GQRS (Global Quality Research System) data, include:
- Best-in-Class TGW (Things Gone Wrong) for All Pickup Truck Segments
- Best-in-Class Customer Satisfaction among Heavy Duty Pickups
“With all-new powertrains and increased capability, the 2011 Super
Duty improves on its proud heritage as the ultimate work truck,” said
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