New Generation Ford F-Series Super Duty Gets Most Diesel Power Ever

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Ford F-Series Super Duty

Ford announced some powerful news at the 2016 Work Truck Show in Indianapolis, Indiana. But just how powerful? The most powerful ever.

With most of the nation’s most powerful commercial truck buyers present, Ford announced that the 6.7 liter Power Stroke V8 diesel engine found in the next generation Super Duty, increased its ratings to 330 horsepower and 750 lb. ft. of torque, which is a best ever rating for class 4 and 5 truck segments.

Because hauling bigger and heavier loads requires more than raw horsepower, the Super Duty chassis cab also earned the best-in-class front gross axle weight rating of 7,500 pounds, which is mind-boggling considering that’s only a couple thousand pounds shy of tractor trailer ratings. Not to mention it’s also 250 pounds better than its closest competitor.

Ford F-Series Super Duty

With its improvements in power, torque and chassis performance, the F-Series Super Duty delivers a big blow to the competition with its increased gross combined weight rating of a best-in-class 40,000 pounds—which again, is the equivalent to half of the maximum combined weight a tractor can legally haul on most domestic highways.

A more powerful engine, a stronger chassis, and the ability to trailer massive payloads… It seems like the all-new Ford Super Duty is ready to do some serious work.

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Here’s the official release from Ford:

Get It Done: All-New Ford F-Series Super Duty Chassis Cab Supports Heavier Equipment, Trailers, Most Diesel Power Ever

• 2017 Ford F-Series Super Duty chassis cab earns best-in-class front gross axle weight rating of 7,500 pounds – 250 pounds better than closest competitor – enabling the truck to carry even larger, heavier upfits

• F-Series Super Duty chassis cab increases gross combined weight rating to best-in-class 40,000 pounds – meaning a fully loaded Super Duty chassis cab and trailer can carry the equivalent of half the maximum combined weight rating of a semi-tractor-trailer on most U.S. highways

• Super Duty chassis cab with Ford-designed, Ford-built 6.7-liter Power Stroke® V8 diesel engine increases ratings to 330 horsepower and 750 lb.-ft. of torque – best-ever for Class 4 and Class 5 segments

INDIANAPOLIS, March 1, 2016 – Ford, America’s truck leader, is delivering again for commercial truck customers who keep America moving with the all-new 2017 Ford F-Series Super Duty chassis cab – the toughest, smartest, most capable Super Duty chassis cab ever.

With best-in-class capability, the all-new F-350, F-450 and F-550 chassis cab lineup is optimized to help commercial customers be more productive on the job – from clearing snow-filled streets to rescuing stranded motorists to restoring power in a storm.

“Commercial truck customers need tough, capable trucks that can haul heavy equipment to crush challenging jobs,” said Craig Schmatz, Ford Super Duty chief engineer. “The innovations our team has put into the next-generation Super Duty chassis cab are paying off by delivering capability that surpasses the competition.”

The next-generation F-350, F-450 and F-550 Super Duty chassis cab lineup features:

• Best-in-class front gross axle weight rating of up to 7,500 pounds – 250 pounds better than the closest competitor – that supports carrying bigger snowplows, taller utility buckets and cranes, larger ambulance bodies or other specialized vocational body upfits
• Best-in-class gross combined weight rating of up to 40,000 pounds – the combined weight of the truck and everything it can haul and tow – for both truck and trailer. That’s the equivalent of half the maximum gross combined weight rating of an 18-wheeler semi on most U.S. federal highways
• 330 horsepower and 750 lb.-ft. of torque from second-generation Ford-designed, Ford-built 6.7-liter Power Stroke® V8 diesel – best-ever ratings for Class 4 and Class 5 Super Duty chassis cab

Capability starts with all-new frame
Thanks to an all-new backbone, F-350, F-450 and F-550 F-Series chassis cab delivers more work capability than ever.

The all-new frame is the toughest, strongest, most rigid frame ever used in a Super Duty chassis cab. It features 95 percent high-strength steel with eight times more torsional rigidity than the previous frame, through-welded crossmembers, and fully boxed rails under the cab and forward for strength and safety. Open C-channel frame rails behind the cab enable easy body and vocational equipment upfits. All these improvements help deliver the best-in-class 40,000-pound maximum gross combined weight rating and the 500-pound increase in front gross axle weight rating, along with increased towing capacity over the previous Super Duty chassis cab.

Weight savings reinvested for improved capability
Using advanced materials, Ford is saving up to 350 pounds of weight in the all-new F-Series Super Duty – reinvesting that savings into tougher, stronger components.

For the first time, the Super Duty body uses high-strength, military-grade, aluminum alloy throughout the cab, which improves dent and ding resistance while saving weight for significant increases in towing and payload capability.

“We are reinvesting the weight saved by using advanced materials, giving that savings back to customers with more capability and performance than ever,” said Schmatz.

In addition to the heavier-duty fully boxed frame under the cab, many components are more robust in the new Super Duty, including axles, suspension, driveline and towing hardware.

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The all-new 2017 Super Duty chassis cab with the proven Ford-built second-generation 6.7-liter Power Stroke V8 diesel paired with a commercial-grade six-speed 6R140 automatic transmission adds 30 horsepower and 90 lb.-ft. of torque for a maximum rating of 330 horsepower and 750 lb.-ft. of torque – the highest ever for Super Duty chassis cab.

Ford is the only heavy-duty truck manufacturer to design and build its own diesel engine and transmission combination, ensuring the powertrain will work seamlessly with all chassis components and vehicle calibrations – from concept to execution. The approach enables Ford engineers to optimize vehicle performance across the entire lineup.

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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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