Time for everyone to feign surprise – Ford has just announced that it has the increased horsepower and torque levels of its 6.7-liter Power Stroke turbodiesel V8 engine for 2015. As you'd expect, the Blue Oval is claiming class-leading figures of 440 hp (up from 400) and 860 pound-feet (up from 800), and that's enough to enable Ford's F-450 Super Duty model to tow as much as 31,200 pounds, which, again, the automaker claims is class leading.

Now, it should be noted that the max rating quoted above is achieved with the Ford F-450. The 2015 F-350, which is perhaps a better comparison to the Ram 3500 HD pickup that claimed the towing crown in 2013 at an even 30,000 pounds, is capped at 26,500 pounds, either with a gooseneck or when towing a fifth-wheel trailer. In any case, it's going to take a load the size of Godzilla to make any of the current crop of fullsize heavy-duty pickup trucks break into a sweat. For those keeping track, Chevy rates its 2015 Silverado HD at a maximum of 23,200 pounds.

Ford's newfound pulling power comes courtesy of a larger turbocharger for its in-house Power Stroke engine, new fuel injector tips and, we'd assume, retuned computer controls. Besides the engine enhancements, the F-350 gets a wider front track for 2015 and new front springs, while the F-450 gains commercial-grade 19.5-inch wheels and tires, new rear U-joints, leaf springs, stabilizer bars and shocks. The steering and brake systems have also been upgraded.

A full press release announcing the Super Duty changes and specifications for 2015 can be found below.
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New 2015 Ford F-Series Super Duty Will Deliver Best-in-Class Horsepower, Torque and Towing Capacity

• Second-generation 6.7-liter Power Stroke® V8 turbo diesel boosts horsepower to a class-leading 440 horsepower; torque to class-leading 860 lb.-ft. for all models
• F-450 chassis upgrades raise maximum gooseneck trailer towing capacity to class-leading 31,200 pounds, fifth wheel towing capacity to class-leading 26,500 pounds, and gross combined weight rating to a class-leading 40,000 pounds
• F-350 available with maximum towing package that increases fifth-wheel/gooseneck trailer towing capacity to 26,500 pounds, and raises the gross combined weight rating to 35,000 pounds


HOUSTON – March 5, 2014 – Ford F-Series Super Duty reinforces its leadership in the heavy-duty pickup truck market with engine and chassis upgrades for 2015 that together deliver best-in-class horsepower, torque and towing capacity.

Ford's second-generation 6.7-liter Power Stroke® V8 turbo diesel now boasts 440 horsepower, up from 400 horsepower, and 860 lb.-ft. of torque, up from 800 lb.-ft, across all Super Duty models from F-250 to F-450.

The 2015 F-450 tops the F-Series Super Duty pickup truck lineup with maximum towing capacity increasing to a class-leading 31,200 pounds, a gain of 6,500 pounds. The truck's gross combined weight rating increases to a class-leading 40,000 pounds, a gain of 7,000 pounds.

F-350 increases maximum towing capacity as well, to 26,500 pounds, from 23,200 pounds, and the gross combined weight rating goes up 5,000 pounds to 35,000 pounds.

The improved ratings are a result of designing and engineering the truck as an integrated system. The approach enabled Ford engineers to optimize performance across the full Super Duty lineup.

"Our chassis people work in unison with our powertrain people to develop more than a great truck, it's a machine engineered for work," said Doug Scott, Ford Truck group marketing manager. "We're the only manufacturer that develops and builds our own powertrains in this class and when you combine that with a chassis that's purpose-built for best-in-class power and torque, you can feel the result in the way it drives, especially when towing big loads."

"Our chassis people have worked in unison with our powertrain people to develop more than a great truck – it's a machine engineered for work," he adds.

Power Stroke Engine Improvements
The 2015 Super Duty achieves best-in-class towing performance with a second-generation 6.7-liter Power Stroke V8 turbo diesel engine that was further developed to provide more power, torque and efficiency.

"The 6.7-liter Power Stroke was already a stout engine," said Robert Fascetti, Ford vice president powertrain engineering. "The improvements we've made essentially give Super Duty customers an engine designed for our larger F-650 and F-750 trucks. They may not realize how tough this engine really is."

Key innovations on the 6.7-liter Power Stroke V8 turbo diesel are its compacted graphite iron engine block and reverse-flow layout. This segment-exclusive design places the exhaust inside the engine's V-shape, with while the air intake positioned on the outside resulting in a variety of advancements:

• Shorter airflow from the exhaust system to the new, larger turbocharger sitting between the engine's cylinder banks improves turbo responsiveness – key to providing torque quickly to truck customers when they need it most
• Positioning the turbo inside the engine's valley helps isolate the engine's hottest temperatures, improving performance and efficiency, while also reducing noise, vibration and harshness to improve driver comfort


Enhancements include a larger turbocharger for faster air displacement resulting in more power. The engine block is made of compacted graphite iron, which is stronger yet lighter than cast iron, is more wear-resistant and has enhanced sealing properties.

"The designers of the original 6.7-liter Power Stroke V8 turbo diesel predicted that it would eventually need to be upgraded for higher output," said David Ives, Ford Power Stroke technical specialist. "They designed it in a way that made it easier to add a larger turbocharger, increasing airflow and creating more power for dramatically improved performance, yet we haven't lost any efficiency."

New injector tips spray a finer mist of fuel into the cylinders which provides a more complete burn and helps reduceing noise, vibration and harshness. Other benefits include lower emissions and less fuel deposit buildup on the intake valves over time.

The engine enhancements give the Power Stroke engine a class-leading maximum output of 440 horsepower and 860 lb.-ft. of torque.

Chassis improvements
The F-350 is available with a high-capacity towing package that includes new front springs and a wide track axle, increasing the gross combined weight rating with the 6.7-liter Power Stroke engine from 31,900 pounds to 35,000 pounds.

Improvements to the F-450 that allow it to handle the increased tow rating include commercial- grade 19.5-inch wheels and tires; upgraded rear U-joints and suspension components, including new rear leaf springs; front and rear stabilizer bars; and shocks. The steering system has stronger gears and linkages and the fifth-wheel/gooseneck has an increased towing capacity. The brakes are larger brakes and feature new antilock brake calibration for enhanced braking performance.


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      canuckcharlie
      • 9 Months Ago
      Murica!
      win4ever
      • 9 Months Ago
      Well I was going to buy a semi...but...
      Ross
      • 9 Months Ago
      Its getting to the point where semi-trucks will soon become obsolete.
      starbucks107
      • 5 Months Ago
      DAM! The 5th wheel I wanted came in with 32,000 pounds. I'm Over Crap
      That Guy
      • 9 Months Ago
      Class leading.......on paper. That's all Ford cares about. Actual capability is irrelevant.
        ngiotta
        • 9 Months Ago
        @That Guy
        As opposed to a retarded troll that only cares about bashing Ford in whatever irrelevant way possible?
          Tariff The Imports
          • 9 Months Ago
          @ngiotta
          @ That Guy. Ford purposely holds down the current 5.0L F-150 to sell customers the EB F-150. They'll do that to the new one too. Sorry to put a kibosh to your hate rant.
      CEC
      • 9 Months Ago
      Nice engine numbers, but Ford really needs to update that 1998 era C channel frame, it really is the weakest part of the truck.
        onewayroll
        • 9 Months Ago
        @CEC
        It has been..where have u been?
          CEC
          • 9 Months Ago
          @onewayroll
          It is still C-Channel. It has the amount of torsional rigidity in the HD segment. It needs to be fully boxed to be competitive. Where have you been saying that making it out of stronger steal is updating it?
      Wm
      • 9 Months Ago
      This is a two horse race between Ram and Ford. GM is a spectator. Ram sells more one ton truck and Chevy and (professional grade??) GMC combined, but Ford still has a strong lead. When it comes to real work there are only two options, and now only Ford builds all their engines and transmission in this class.
      Nathan
      • 9 Months Ago
      Instead of the automakers trying to one up each other on torque and hp, why don't they focus on offering small diesel engines that get better fuel economy.
        MTU 5.0
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Nathan
        Why can't they do both? Improved efficiency often brings more power as well.
        onewayroll
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Nathan
        These type of trucks aren't about better fuel economy
        JSH
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Nathan
        These trucks are not targeted at fleet operators that care about fuel economy and cost per mile. The fleet guys don't buy many traditional American trucks they buy commercial cab-over trucks with much smaller and more efficient engines. Fleet owners don't care about anything but cost per mile. These trucks are targeted at the individual owner that will use it to commute, pull a boat, and bring some plywood back from the home store. They are also target farmers and contractors. The key is the owner of the truck also drives it and wants to brag about horsepower and towing.
          csgill75
          • 9 Months Ago
          @JSH
          Those Cab-Over Trucks that the regular consumer Non CDL Required cannot tow what the F-450 or Ram 3500 can tow for the distances these trucks are usually required to tow. They max out at around 25,500lbs. People that purchase the F-450 usually Tow Cross country with a 5th wheel trailer in comfort since that is what it's designed to do. I myself have a F-350 that I use exclusively for towing a 5th Wheel trailer and off Highway use on our farm, and as a spare vehicle for anyone in the family needing it. For regular use I prefer my Raptor but It can't pull what the 350 can on the grades that I have to go when towing cattle to the sale barn.
      NTex
      • 9 Months Ago
      At what point will someone need a CDL to drive these (seriously)? The idea of just anyone barreling down the highway at 85 miles an hour towing 31,200 pounds makes me a little nervous.
        Neez
        • 9 Months Ago
        @NTex
        The only thing you can legally tow without a CDL is an RV, but i don't know any RV that weighs close to 30,000lbs. You would have a hard time pullling 30,000lbs with anything else and saying it's for personal use. Like you're moving your car collection out of state or something.
      mary.keana
      • 9 Months Ago
      And tomorrow, Chevy or RAM will claim the best with 31,300 lbs of towing.
      Finklestein
      • 9 Months Ago
      Your move Chevy/Dodge...
        That Guy
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Finklestein
        They both have better trucks......so not really.
          ngiotta
          • 9 Months Ago
          @That Guy
          In what way? Oh that's right, you're full of crap.
          Tariff The Imports
          • 9 Months Ago
          @That Guy
          Care to explain or give any examples as to why YOU thing GM and Fiat trucks are better?
          bullitt2605
          • 9 Months Ago
          @That Guy
          Most people don't thinks so.
        Card13
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Finklestein
        Considering the Ram is only down 10 ft lbs of torque and 1200 lbs of towing, I see no need for them to scramble. Those numbers should be easily attainable in the next simple refresh. Chevy being down by 8000lbs in towing could be a problem.
          vince
          • 9 Months Ago
          @Card13
          Real life there is such a minimal performance difference that a driver probably wouldn't notice. There have been some comparison tests with the new RAM, Silverado, and current F-350 recently and the winner is always the one with the most favorable axle ratio.
          Carpinions
          • 9 Months Ago
          @Card13
          When people made this argument for GM before Ford's upgrade yesterday, it was a somehow a clear sign GM was at a massive disadvantage having only 35 less lb-ft but with equal max towing. Now that the question is Ford VS Ram, somehow it's different and not a problem that Ram is lower. But I digress... The heavy duty marketing VS reality is a mixture of chess and sleight of hand. Comparing just Ford and Ram, if you take the F-350 VS Ram 3500, the F-350 is still down significantly on a maxed Ram's 30,000 towing, and the F-350 also has a payload disadvantage. of ~200 or so lbs depending on config. But, if you look at Ram 4500 chassis cab, the F-450 now tows around 3 tons more than the most capable Ram 4500 with Cummins. You have to step up to Ram 5500 to come within 1,800 lbs of matching the F-450 in that area. But then if you step up to the Ford F-550, the Ram 5500 becomes tow champion again by roughly the same margin the 3500 has over the F-350. It's a weird back-n-forth game. Payload is a really confusing story of comparing sizable data sheets for both trucks because everything is so dependent on truck configuration. In that way, the "maximum" and "class-leading" numbers are a marketing shell game because what matters is what's the maximum or best value is between the brands for whatever a given customer needs.
      Avila
      • 9 Months Ago
      Great car.. never needs repairs.. relatively cheap at the pump... super cheap to insure ($40/month full coverage from Insurance Panda)... and, to top it off, it looks nice too! Love my F-series!
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