With More Power & Torque, 2018 Super Duty Reigns Supreme, Again

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Ford Super Duty raises the bar with best-in-class everything & 34,000-pound towing capacity! Plus, F-450 4×2 Crew Cab pickup joins the lineup.

You all know how awesome the new Ford Super Duty is. We love it here, and based on sales numbers, so do you. But in the ever-changing world of heavy-duty work trucks, competition is fierce. If you’re looking to buy a 2018 model year truck, you can now purchase the new Ford Super Duty with the confidence of knowing you’ll have best-in-class power, torque, towing, and payload.

The 2018 Super Duty makes an astonishing 450 horsepower and a phenomenal 935 lb-ft of torque. We don’t think you’ll ever need to stop the rotation of the planet with your truck, but we’re pretty sure with that much torque, you probably could. Upgrades to the 2018 Ford 6.7-liter Power Stroke engine include redesigned cylinder heads for added strength under higher loads, plus optimized fuel and turbo boost calibrations to take advantage of the increased cylinder head capacity for increased horsepower and torque.

The extra power means you can do more than ever before. When properly equipped, towing goes up to an incredible 34,000 pounds. That’s not in some regular-cab rarity, but in a Crew Cab.

 

‘Super Duty customers expect the best, and for 2018 we’re giving our customers even more power and torque from our 6.7-liter Power Stroke diesel, delivering the most horsepower and torque available among all heavy-duty pickups.’

 

Conventional hitch-towing is up to 21,000 pounds, and payload is raised to 7,360 pounds.

If case you didn’t catch that, all of those numbers are superior and considered best-in-class, which is what we’ve come to expect from Ford and the Super Duty line of brutes.

“Super Duty customers expect the best, and for 2018 we’re giving our customers even more power and torque from our 6.7-liter Power Stroke diesel, delivering the most horsepower and torque available among all heavy-duty pickups,” said Todd Eckert, Ford’s Truck Group Marketing Manager, in a press statement. “Plus, our new F-450 pickup now includes a 4X2 model, enabling our customers to get more done with the segment’s best payload and towing.”

F-450 4×2 Crew Cab: 34,000 Pounds of Towing Force

The F-450 4×2 dual-rear-wheel Crew Cab pickup joins the Super Duty lineup for 2018. Leveraging the benefits of a high-strength steel box frame, integrated gooseneck hitch mounts, and added load capacity thanks to Ford’s military-grade, aluminum-alloy body, the 2018 F-450 4×2 tows even more with its lighter, more efficient driveline. The result is the most capable Super Duty tow machine ever, delivering a best-in-class 34,000 pounds of gooseneck towing capacity.

The 2018 Super Duty F-450 4×2 dual-rear-wheel pickup will be available later this winter in XL, XLT, Lariat, and Platinum series offerings, with a base price of $52,830.

The one question that we have is: Which automaker will be the first to offer a full 1,000 lb-ft of torque in a heavy-duty truck? While we can’t say for certain, we believe that all the manufacturers are working on it, but with Ford’s class-leading mindset we wouldn’t be surprised if they were the first manufacturer to get there.

The idea of being able to consistently tow up to 34,000 pounds daily (with a warranty from the manufacturer) is an incredible feat of engineering. Yet, it’s what we’ve come to expect from the king of trucks.

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Chad Kirchner is a regular contributor to Corvette Forum and Ford Truck Enthusiasts, among other auto sites.


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