Ford F-250 Takes on the World’s Toughest Towing Test

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The Fast Lane Truck subjects a 2017 Super Duty to its famous IKE Gauntlet. How will it do?

The “statistics war” has raged on among automakers for a long time now, and has escalated quickly in recent years, especially when it comes to towing. With every passing model year, we find our trucks more and more capable of hauling heavy loads. Sure, it’s a bragging right for truck makers, but skyrocketing tow numbers are great for all of us. After all, it’s nice to know that our trucks can handle just about anything, even if we don’t need them to.

The good folks at the The Fast Lane Truck enjoy validating manufacturer claims, and seeing how the trucks perform under real-world conditions. It’s led to what they call the IKE Gauntlet, or the “World’s Toughest Tow Test.” It involves a 12,500 pound trailer, 8 miles, a 7% grade, and an elevation of 11,158 ft.

The latest truck subjected to this test is none other than the mighty 2017 F-250. Of course, it’s equipped with the equally mighty 6.7 liter Power Stroke diesel motor, which pumps out 440 horsepower and 925 lb-ft of torque. The King Ranch test vehicle was fitted with the FX4 package, and a Gen Y torsion hitch to mate it to the trailer.

How did the F-250 perform? As you probably already know, the new Super Duty is a great towing vehicle. The 2017 model is packed with technology features that make such activities pleasant and comfortable for the driver and passengers alike.

We’ve yet to hear or see negative reviews regarding Ford’s new Super Duty models, in fact, they’ve all been glowing praise. That being said, what score will this towing beast receive from these guys?

Chime in with your thoughts on the forum. >>

Cover photo via: [TFL]

Brett Foote is a longtime contributor to Internet Brands’ Auto sites, including Chevrolet Forum, Rennlist, and Ford Truck Enthusiasts, among other sites.


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