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2017 Ford Super Duty Boasts Best-In-Class Towing And Hauling

The all-new, 2017 Ford Super Duty has been taken to new heights with regard to towing and hauling capabilities, thanks in part to its new, fully-boxed steel frame.

According to Ford, the new Ford Super Duty’s frame is as much as 24 times stiffer than that on the outgoing truck, containing 95-percent high-strength steel. Like the F-150 before it, the Super Duty has also switched to a body largely comprised of military-grade aluminum alloy, allowing engineers to reinvest some of the resulting weight savings by beefing up other components.

Additionally, the 2017 Ford Super Duty can be optioned with a potent 6.7-liter diesel V8, delivering an impressive combination of 440 horsepower and 925 lb-ft of torque. The standard, 6.2-liter petrol V8 still makes 385 horsepower, but now with a class-best 430 lb-ft of torque.

All of this adds up to a Ford Super Duty that can tow more and work harder than any other heavy-duty pickup available.

In Numbers

Ford says that the new, 2017 F-250 with the all-new trailer tow package is capable of a class-leading 18,000 pounds of conventional towing. The same towing capacity is available from the F-350 single-rear wheel. The F-450 SuperCrew 4×4 is even more impressive, offering up to 32,500 pounds of gooseneck towing, which is 1,290 pounds better than its nearest competitor. Fifth-wheel towing is rated at 27,500 pounds – 2,500 pounds more than the nearest competitor.

Finally, the most telling number of all: maximum gross combined weight rating (GCWR) for the 2017 Ford Super Duty and trailer now peaks at 41,800 pounds. That’s more than half the max GCWR of an 18-wheeler on the majority of federal highways.

“This is the best heavy-duty truck we’ve ever made,” says Ford Truck Marketing Manager Doug Scott. “We listened to our customers and created the toughest, smartest and most capable Super Duty ever.”

Aaron Brzozowski is a writer and motoring enthusiast from Detroit with an affinity for '80s German steel. He is not active on the Twitter these days, but you may send him a courier pigeon.

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