Captain Obvious: The New 2017 Super Duty Is Better Than the Old One

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2017 Ford Super Duty Lede

We’re currently on the scene in Denver, Colorado experiencing the all-new Super Duty. While our full-driving impressions will come a little later this week — we only drove the truck briefly today — there is one thing that we can say for absolute certain; the new truck is better than the old one. By a lot.

This should seem pretty obvious considering that progress should mean newer things are better than older things, but the 2017 Super Duty, even at first glance, is extra special.

For starters, the new Super Duty is the first truly all-new Super Duty since the launch of the original Super Duty back in 1998 as a 1999 model year truck. While they’ve refreshed the truck along the way, it’s never received a ground-up redesign. That changes for 2017.

It shows.

Additionally, the 6.7L Power Stroke diesel makes a metric crap-ton more torque than the previous version — 925 lb-ft to be exact — and is something you notice if you drive the trucks back-to-back. Even at a mile in the sky towing a 10,000 pound trailer, the new Power Stroke is a peach of an engine.

Again, this is all something you’d expect with a new truck, but if you are someone with a Super Duty and was thinking about upgrading, we can safely say you’re getting a heck of an updated truck.

If you’re driving a late-model Super Duty, you might not feel compelled to update, but if you’re thinking about it take one for a test drive.

Stay tuned for more impressions about the new Super Duty, including how it compares to the best the competition offers and how it handles nearly every possible truck situation, plus a first drive review later this week.

Until then, tell us what you think? Let us know over in our forums!

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

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