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New Ford Super Duty Series Takes Triple-Crown With Best-In-Class Towing, Payload, Power

Although it was the second Ford Super Duty intro of the last couple of months, the automaker showed that its heavy-duty trucks are triple winners of the best-in-class.


The all-new 2023 Ford F-Series Super Duty offers best-in-class performance right where customers need it, with 1,200 pounds-feet of torque available, 40,000 pounds maximum towing, and 8,000 pounds of maximum payload. That high level of capability, coupled with ingenious new confidence-inspiring technology, helps customers haul more and tow more* than any other heavy-duty pickup truck. In contrast, a new suite of cloud-based services adds productivity both on and off the job site.

“The all-new 2023 Super Duty is designed and engineered for America's builders. Our job is to help make our customers’ work feel easy, and this truck nails that commitment,” said Andrew Kernahan, Super Duty chief program engineer. “The combination of purpose-built construction, powerful engines, 10-speed transmissions, and new technology means our customers can work, tow, and haul with absolute confidence.” The first news of the new Super Duty lineup was previewed in Torque News in this recent article. Torque News reveals Ford Super Duty line.

Torque News also did a comparison of the Ford Ranger versus the Toyota Tacoma which showed the strong points of both vehicles.

Tow Heavy, Tow Confidently

Heavy-duty pickup owners use their trucks for towing, so Super Duty offers the best maximum tow rating for all types of trailering: conventional (including pintle), fifth-wheel, and gooseneck trailers. At a maximum of 40,000 pounds of gooseneck towing, that’s half the combined weight of a semi-tractor and a fully loaded trailer.

  • Best maximum available gooseneck towing of 40,000 pounds with the F-450 pickup
  • Best maximum available gooseneck in F-350/3500 DRW pickup subsegment with 38,000 pounds
  • Best maximum available 5th wheel towing of 35,000 pounds with F-450 DRW pickup
  • Best maximum available conventional towing capacity in its class at 30,000 pounds
  • Best maximum available conventional towing in the F350/3500 DRW subsegment of 28,000 pounds
  • Best maximum available conventional towing in the F350/3500 SRW subsegment of 25,000 pounds
  • Best diesel F-250/2500 pickups subsegment maximum available towing with F-250 offering 23,000 pounds
  • Best maximum available 7.3-liter V8 gas F-350 DRW conventional towing of 22,000 pounds
  • F-350 equipped with Tremor Off-Road and Power Stroke high-output diesel is rated at 23,000 pounds towing a gooseneck
  • Best maximum towing for an F-350/3500 gas Tremor Off-Road with 21,000 pounds

Super Duty is also packed with innovations to increase towing confidence even in the toughest conditions. Available Pro Trailer Hitch Assist steers the truck to align the hitch ball to the receiver, optional Smart Hitch helps customers distribute trailer weight properly, and the 360-Degree Trailer Camera Package provides a birds-eye view of the truck, cargo box, and trailer. An available full-color head-up display helps keep eyes on the road and shows turn-by-turn Trailer Navigation that customizes your route to make driving easier with a trailer.

Unmatched Power

Steep grades and heavy loads feel easier with four engines, including the all-new 6.8-liter gas, upgraded 7.3-liter gas V8, 6.7-liter Power Stroke diesel V8, and new high-output 6.7-liter Power Stroke diesel V8 producing class-leading 1,200 lb.-ft. of torque and 500 horsepower. Every engine is paired to a 10-speed transmission with 4x4 standard on XLT and above.

  • Engine6.8-liter V-8 gasHorsepower405Torque445 pounds-feet
  • Engine7.3-liter V-8 gasHorsepower430 (best-in-class)Torque485 pounds-feet (best-in-class)
  • Engine6.7-liter Power Stroke V-8 dieselHorsepower475Torque1,050 pounds-feet
  • strong>EngineHigh-Output 6.7-liter Power Stroke V-8 dieselHorsepower500 (best-in-class)Torque1,200 pounds-feet (best-in-class)

Huge Payload and Class-Exclusive Productivity

Super Duty pickup offers the best maximum payload rating available at 8,000 pounds**. Available Onboard Scales can measure a payload that is the equivalent of up to 100 eighty-pound bags of cement. But the business end of the pickup is more than just hauling, it’s designed for productivity with standard bedside and rear bumper corner steps and an available tailgate step that’s three inches lower than before.

Technology to make work easier is back there too, like the industry-first available Tailgate Down Camera and Tailgate Down Reverse Park Aid, and optional 2.0-kilowatt Pro Power Onboard to extend Super Duty capability with five times more exportable power than anyone else in the segment.
Standard FordPass Connect embedded 5G modem enables Wi-Fi access for up to 10 devices at home or on the job site. The most connected F-Series Super Duty will receive Ford Power-Up software updates so the vehicle can get better over time.

High-speed connectivity also enables important software and data tools like Ford Pro Telematics and Super Duty’s new Vehicle Security Package. Together these digital subscriptions and the growing Ford Pro™ ecosystem of software and services – such as VIIZR, an all-in-one job management platform - can help small to medium businesses manage downtime and productivity.

The 2023 Ford F-Series Super Duty is proudly assembled2 at Kentucky Truck Plant in Louisville, Kentucky, and Ohio Assembly Plant in Avon Lake, Ohio. Orders can be placed with dealers now, with deliveries planned for early 2023. Pricing currently starts at $43,970 MSRP, plus $1,795 for destination and delivery. Learn more at = “https:/”>

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Marc Stern has been an automotive writer since 1971 when an otherwise normal news editor said, "You're our new car editor," and dumped about 27 pounds of auto stuff on my desk. I was in heaven as I have been a gearhead from my early days. As a teen, I spent the usual number of misspent hours hanging out at gas stations Shell and Texaco (a big thing in my youth) and working on cars. From there on, it was a straight line to my first column for the paper, "You Auto Know," an enterprise I handled faithfully for 32 years. Not many people know that I also handled computer documentation for a good part of my living while writing YAN. My best writing, though, was always in cars. My work has appeared in Popular Mechanics, Mechanix Illustrated, AutoWeek, SuperStock, Trailer Life, Old Cars Weekly, Special Interest Autos, etc. You can follow me on: Twitter or Facebook.