Ford Motor Company aims to keep its stranglehold on the US truck market, and for 2018, the automaker has updated the best-selling F-150 and packed more performance into the F-Series Super Duty in order to do just that. The engineers at Ford have managed to squeeze the F-Series Super Duty’s turbocharged, 6.7L Power Stroke V8 diesel engine for an extra 10 horsepower and 10 lb-ft. of torque.
The tweaked Power Stroke now makes up to 450 horsepower and 935 lb-ft.
That torque rating is important, as it puts the 2018 Ford F-Series Super Duty just 5 lb-ft ahead of the RAM 3500HD, reclaiming bragging rights from the Fiat Chrysler truck brand. Getting there was no cakewalk, however; Ford says the new iteration of the Power Stroke is fitted with redesigned cylinder heads that offer increased strength under high loads.
With its newfound power and torque, the 2018 F-Series Super Duty now offers best-in-class gooseneck towing of up to 34,000 pounds, best-in-class conventional hitch towing of up to 21,000 pounds, and a best-in-class 7,360-pound payload capacity.
That 34,000-pound gooseneck tow rating is 1,500 pounds better than 2017’s max rating, and it comes courtesy of a new model that’s joining the F-Series Super Duty range: the F-450 4×2 dual-rear-wheel Super Duty.
“Super Duty customers expect the best, and for 2018 we’re giving our customers even more power and torque from our 6.7-liter Power Stroke diesel – delivering the most horsepower and torque available among all heavy-duty pickups,” says Ford Truck Group Marketing Manager Todd Eckert. “Plus, our new F-450 pickup now includes a 4X2 model, enabling our customers to get more done with the segment’s best payload and towing.”