Question of the Week: Do Huge Towing/Payload Capabilities Lead You to Buy a New Ford Truck?

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2015 Ford F-450 Super Duty Platinum

Ford Motor Company recently announced that the 2017 Ford F Series Super Duty will have the most horsepower and torque among diesel engines, the most torque among gasoline engines and the highest towing and payload capacities in a variety of classes. Most importantly, with the F-450 included in the Class 3 trucks, along with the likes of the F-350, the Ram 3500 and the Silverado 3500HD, the F-450 leads that group in pretty much every possible statistic.

To be specific, the 2017 Ford F-450 will offer the best towing capacity in the segment with a maximum gooseneck ability of 32,500 pounds – beating the Ram 3500 by more than a thousand pounds. It pulls all of that weight with a new 6.7L PowerStroke diesel which delivers 440 horsepower and 925 lb-ft of torque, making it the most powerful engine in the segment.

That powerful new engine will also help the 2017 F-250 and F-350 lead their class with a conventional towing capacity of 18,000 lbs.

While we don’t know all of the figures for the 2017 Ford Super Duty, we know that the F-450 will beat any 1-ton truck in power, towing and hauling while the F-250 and F-350 will lead in various categories in their respective class.

For our Question of the Week, we want to know if best-of claims like these lead you to buy a new truck? Are you more likely to buy a new Ford Super Duty based on the fact that they are literally the strongest trucks in the consumer grade ranks?

Click here to head into the forum to share your views on these lofty figures.


Patrick Rall is a regular contributor to LS1Tech and JK Forum, among other auto sites.

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