Facts About the TorqShift-G in the 2017 Ford F-250 Super Duty

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By now, you’re probably aware of all of the technology that will be available on the 2017 Ford Super Duty. Seven cameras, Adaptive Cruise Control, SYNC3 – those are great features, but they’re not abosultely essential. The engine and transmission are.

Luckily, Ford hasn’t forgotten about either one of those core components. The 6.8-liter V10 is still around (but only available for chassis cab customers), the mighty 6.7-liter Power Stroke V8 gets more torque (probably enough to best the 900 pound-feet from the 2016 Ram 3500’s Cummins power plant), and the E85-capable 6.2-liter gas V8’s fuel economy, horsepower, and torque numbers go up.

That last engine also receives a new six-speed transmission in the F-250: the TorqShift-G. You might recognize the first part of that name; that “G” makes all the difference, though. The new tranny’s higher first-gear ratio enables better first-gear launches. Acceleration from rolling stops improves, too.

The TorqShift-G’s downshifts are faster than those in the regular TorqShift and engine-speed-matched (thanks, Mustang!). The quality of upshifts has been improved as well.

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Given that Ford says 90 percent of Super Duty buyers tow, I’m sure many of you will be happy to know that the TorqShift-G features “aggressive transmission gear-based grade braking availability in Tow/Haul mode” for maximum control of the truck whether its aluminum bed is loaded or its beefier hitch is pulling a giant trailer. On top of all that, the F-250’s brakes will live longer lives.

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That last bit of news is especially great because the Blue Oval says the new Super Duty can carry and pull more than ever before. The 2017 Super Duty won’t be in dealerships until fall of next year, so it’s going to be a while until we find out what those particular figures are.

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Derek Shiekhi contributes to a variety of Internet Brands’ Auto sites, including J-K Forum , Jaguar Forums, and 5 Series. He's also a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association.

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