2017 Ford F Series Super Duty

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F-Series Pickups are the best-selling trucks in America for 40 straight years.

Since 1977, F-150 and Super Duty have been the world’s best-selling trucks. Whether it’s powertrain designs, interior and infotainment systems, or safety innovations, Ford has led the way for forty consecutive years. Proven durability combined with intense capability are just two of the reasons the Ford Super Duty series trucks continue to set the standard by which all other trucks are to be measured.

Vista Ford Oxnard

Our Horsepower Broadcasting team recently met up out at Vista Ford in Oxnard California, to get a first-hand look at the all-new 2017 Super Duty. Vista Ford continues to be one of America’s premiere Ford showrooms with an impressive inventory. Our test model was the F250 Super Duty with the monster 6.7 liter diesel and the six-speed automatic transmission. The engine is capable of almost indescribable power with equally mind-boggling low end torque. Our first time in the drivers seat made it immediately discernible that this truck is no ordinary pickup. With 440 Horsepower and 925 lb-ft of torque it has freight train type pulling ability.

Strength and Durability define the Ford Super Duty®.

It is clear to us now that the 2017 Ford Super Duty is the toughest, most durable heavy-duty pickup we’ve ever experienced. The all-new high-strength, military-grade, aluminum body effectively reduces overall weight without sacrificing strength. Front and rear axles have been significantly improved, chassis and suspension components have been strengthened, and the all-new fully boxed frame is built using high-strength steel. The all-new 2017 F-Series Super Duty is built stronger and better than ever before, and weighs almost 350 pounds lighter.

6.7L Power Stroke® Turbo Diesel with Best-in-Class Horsepower and Torque

The available B20-capable 6.7L Power Stroke Turbo Diesel V8 delivers an impressive 925 lb.-ft. of torque. The design is unique and specific, the turbocharger is located between the cylinder heads and the top of the block and the exhaust manifold is now more inboard and closer to the turbo charger. In simple terms, it’s now faster and more powerful. Ford calls it their inverse-flow configuration, regardless of the term they use, one thing is certain, it is awesome.

6.2L FFV Gas V8

If the V8 gas powered model is more to your liking then the 6.2 liter flex-fuel engine is sure to impress you. With 385 horsepower and 430 lb-ft of torque, no other gas-powered full-size pickup can match it.  The 6.2L produces higher torque throughout the midrange and is more efficient at lower speeds. Ford engine designs have forever impressed us here at Horsepower for an Hour and we often report on them during our weekly broadcasts. Whether its the mountain-moving 6.7 liter diesel, the mighty 6.2 liter flex-fuel V8, or the awe-inspiring eco-boost family of four and six cylinder engines, Ford is a leader in engine innovation and design.

New Ford TorqShift® G SelectShift® 6-Speed Automatic

Our Horsepower Broadcasting team had a chance to preview the all-new six-speed automatic transmission recently and quickly realized engine development is not the only area where the Ford designers excel. The new Ford TorqShift G SelectShift 6-speed automatic in the F-250 is another impressive powertrain component. Quick and seamless shifting, better fuel economy, and increased reliability, are just a few terms we use to describe the all-new six-speed computer-controlled transmission. SelectShift® includes Progressive Range Select (for overdrive lock-out) plus Full Manual. The Tow/Haul feature minimizes gear hunting during uphill-downhill driving, and shifting is more seamless with the new Ford TorqShift® G 6-speed (F-250). The optional Live-Drive Power Takeoff (PTO) Provision with Mobile Mode is also available with the 6.2L (F-350).

High-Strength Aluminum Body

The 2017 Super Duty® has the only high-strength, military-grade, aluminum alloy body in its class. Aluminum alloy is substantially lighter than the previous body, yet it’s remarkably strong. It’s also more dent-and-ding resistant and not subject to red rust corrosion. Use of aluminum alloy allowed some of the weight savings to be reinvested where it matters the most, especially in the frame that’s the foundation of strength and toughness.

Stronger Axles

Just like a home, the foundation is critical. Ford axles are built to deliver.

Few people think about axle designs when choosing which new truck to purchase, more often style and aesthetic designs are key interest points. We offer this suggestion to those who are searching for a new truck; consider that the axles are the two points on which the entire platform rests. Just like with a home, the foundation is critical. The all-new Ford axles are stronger than ever before which means your Super Duty® can bear more weight and get more done because the foundation is solid.  Hauling big payloads concentrate more weight on the rear axle, if the axle isn’t up to the task, poor results typically follow. Ford axles are designed to handle the 925 lbs. ft. of torque the available 6.7L Power Stroke® Turbo Diesel delivers.

Class-Exclusive Trailer Reverse Guidance

The all-new Trailer Reverse Guidance feature makes it easy to handle trailer loads

Another new feature that impressed us was the new available class-exclusive Trailer Reverse Guidance feature. Cameras in the sideview mirrors and visual guides in the center dash screen give you a clear rear view of where the trailer is going, with the guidelines changing with the movements of the steering wheel. The camera view is digitally expanded and shows the direction of the truck and the trailer. Those that feared backing a trailer in, need not fear any longer.

SYNC® 3

Of all the systems we experiment with throughout the course of the year, we found the SYNC® 3 very easy to use and the responsive voice-activated technology is very impressive. The system’s quick reactions to our voice commands were equally impressive. The smartphone-like touchscreen is responsive and user-friendly when connecting to and controlling your smartphone. Locating restaurants, diners, and gas stations was surprisingly simple with the optional navigation feature.

Horsepower for an Hour

One thing was abundantly clear to our Horsepower for an Hour team by the end of the day: Ford has hit it out of the park with this all-new F-Series. If you’re in the Southern California area, we highly recommend stopping in to Vista Ford of Oxnard for a look at the complete line of Ford and Lincoln vehicles. Tune into our weekly broadcast via your local radio station (click here for a station near you) or simply head to the app store on your smartphone and download the app, available for iPhone and Android devices.
We’ll see you there!

Horsepower for an Hour is a Nationally Syndicated Automotive Talk Radio Show heard on over 150 radio stations across America and in more than 182 Countries World Wide.

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Donny is a Southern California specialty shop owner with primary emphasis on transmission and differential systems. He is an automotive technology graduate with over 30 years of experience. He and his wife own DMC Transmission outside of Los Angeles and were awarded “Shop of the Year” honors in 2010 and 2011.

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