The pickup can tow up to 32,500 pounds.

Ford has been teasing the 2017 F-Series Super Duty pickup’s class-leading capabilities for months, but the company hasn’t actually revealed important figures like the hauling capacities and engine outputs – until now. When the new family of heavy-duty trucks hit the market this fall, customers can look forward to carrying up to 7,630 pounds (3,461 kilograms) of payload and having 925 pound-feet (1,254 Newton-meters) of stump-pulling torque.

The 2017 Super Duty can carry practically anything owners can imagine. For example, the F-450 Super Duty SuperCrew 4x4 can haul a gooseneck trailer of up to 32,500 pounds (14,742 kg). The truck’s fifth-wheel towing capacity is also an astounding 27,500 pounds (12,474 kg), and the conventional towing rating is a class-leading 21,000 pounds (9,525 kg). Even the F-250 can pull 18,000 pounds (8,165 kg).

A truck needs torque to haul such large loads, and the new Super Duty’s engines give it lots of grunt. The one with the biggest muscles is the 6.7-liter turbodiesel V8 with 440 horsepower (328 kilowatts) and a gargantuan 925 lb-ft. Buyers can get the mill in anything from the F-250 all the way up to the F-450, and the output doesn’t change regardless of the model. There’s also a gasoline-fueled 6.2-liter V8 with 385 hp (287 kW) and 430 lb-ft (583 Nm). Both powerplants use a six-speed automatic, and the F-250 with the 6.2-liter V8 has a new TorqShift-G six-speed auto that improves fuel economy.


2017 Ford F-Series Super Duty
2017 Ford F-Series Super Duty


Ford clearly wants to position the 2017 Super Duty as the ultimate hauling vehicle. In addition to these impressive specs, the truck bristles with high-tech toys to make towing even easier. For example, the adaptive cruise control can activate the trailer brakes and diesel engine brake to keep things under control. The Blind Spot Information System also monitors the side of the trailer, which detects hazards that might not be visible in the mirror. A rear-facing camera in the roof lets drivers see the bed when hooking up a gooseneck or fifth-wheel trailer, and there’s even an available 360-degree camera system, which makes maneuvering much easier.

The Super Duty’s class-leading specs and new assistance systems make it seem like quite a workhorse. We don’t know how much this Clydesdale costs yet, though. Expect Ford to release those important figures close to launch.

Source: Ford

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