Ford’s New V8 Diesel Takes You to the Moon and Back!

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According to Ford, their F-650 and F-750 medium-duty trucks can go to the moon and back without requiring a major mechanical service. Wait, what?

In front of the country’s biggest commercial truck buyers at the 2016 Work Truck Show in Indianapolis, IN, Ford stated that the 6.7 liter Power Stroke V8 diesel engine found in the Ford F-650 and F-750 have a design life of at least a half-million miles.

Not only that, but according to Ford, 90% of the 6.7 liter Power Stroke engines in such trucks are expected to last that many miles without requiring a major service that involves removal of cylinder heads, or removing the oil pan to reach inside the block. Therefore making the F-650 and F-750 an excellent choice for small, medium and large corporations looking to make long-term vehicle investments, rather than quick, short-term buys.

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Many of the longevity gains of the Power Stroke engine can be attributed to the Ford TorqShift six speed automatic transmission, which is designed for medium duty use, yet produced great power, performance, and even more importantly—fuel economy.

Fact: I don’t know the exact amount of miles from here to the moon, but if Ford says I can get there, then I’ll take their word for it.

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Photos via: [Ford, Diesel Army]

Here’s the official release from Ford:

Ford F-650, F-750 Power Stroke V8 Diesel Designed to Go Farther Than a Round Trip to the Moon

• All-new 6.7-liter Power Stroke® V8 diesel engine for Ford F-650 and F-750 medium-duty truck line has a B10 design life of at least a half-million miles

• 90 percent of F-650 and F-750 6.7-liter Power Stroke engines expected to go farther than 500,000 miles without requiring a major service that involves removal of cylinder heads or dropping the oil pan to reach internal components

• Ford 6.7-liter Power Stroke V8 diesel engine and Ford TorqShift® HD six-speed automatic transmission are designed for medium-duty use with great power, performance and fuel economy – backed by unsurpassed warranty and national network of Ford service centers

DEARBORN, Mich., March 1, 2016 – Ford engineers have designed the all-new 6.7-liter Power Stroke® V8 diesel engine for the Ford F-650 and F-750 lineup to travel an even greater distance than a round trip from the Earth to the moon.

This confidence in 6.7-liter Power Stroke quality comes from engine dynamometer testing that shows a statistically proven B10 engine design life of at least a half-million miles. This is the estimate of miles in operation before 10 percent of engines are expected to require major service involving removal of cylinder heads or dropping the oil pan to reach internal components.

“F-650 and F-750 customers help keep America moving,” said John Ruppert, general manager, Ford Commercial Vehicle Sales and Marketing. “We’re here to make sure they can with our all-new medium-duty trucks – whether that’s trucking freight from Los Angeles to New York, or helping keep the lights on in your neighborhood.”

The Ford 6.7-liter Power Stroke V8 diesel engine and Ford TorqShift® HD six-speed automatic transmission are designed for medium-duty use with great power, performance and fuel economy – backed by an unsurpassed five-year/250,000-mile limited warranty and a national network of Ford service centers.

In addition to great engine life, the all-new 6.7-liter Power Stroke is 25 percent quieter at 60 mph and up to 45 percent quieter at idle inside the cabin. When standing in front of the grille outside the truck, the engine is 35 percent quieter at idle.

The three diesel power levels available are:

• 270 horsepower, 675 lb.-ft. torque (best-in-class standard)
• 300 horsepower, 700 lb.-ft. torque
• 330 horsepower, 725 lb.-ft. torque

The B10 rating is based on the 330-horsepower version of the 6.7-liter Power Stroke.

Multiple ratings provide customers with the flexibility to scale engine power to work applications and operations with no vocational restrictions.

Ford is the only medium-duty truck manufacturer that designs and builds its own diesel engine and transmission combination – ensuring the powertrain will work seamlessly with all chassis components and vehicle calibrations. This approach enables Ford engineers to optimize vehicle performance across the entire lineup and to further refine the powertrain to the specific needs of the customer.

Built at Ohio Assembly Plant near Cleveland with available straight frame and tractor configurations, the all-new 2017 Ford F-650 and F-750 medium-duty trucks are on sale now.

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Jerry Perez is a regular contributor to Ford Truck Enthusiasts, Corvette Forum, and 6SpeedOnline, among other auto sites.

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