Production begins this week on Ford F-Series Super Duty trucks with upgraded towing capacity. The new enhanced steel frame and upgraded trailer hitch returns the Dearborn, Michigan based Ford Motor Company (NYSE: F) to the head of the pack in conventional trailer towing in the heavy-duty truck market. Indeed, the beefed-up Ford F-350 and F-450 Super Duty trucks – with the 6.7-liter Power Stroke® V-8 diesel engine and dual rear wheels – can now tow an industry-best 17,500 pounds. “Super Duty stays on top because of our ongoing engineering work and analysis of extensive field data,” said Rob Stevens, chief engineer of the 2011 Ford F-Series Super Duty. “We keep pushing to deliver the best-in-class attributes our customers demand.”
2011 Ford F-Series Super Duty trailer towing ratings:
- F-250 / F-350 SRW | 4×2/4×4 | trailer towing capacity 14,000/14,000lbs |
- F-350 DRW 4×2/4×4 | trailer towing capacity 17,500/17,500lbs |
- F-450 DRW 4×4 | trailer towing capacity 17,500lbs |
The additional 1,500 pounds represent an increase of more than 9 percent compared with the Super Duty at launch in April, 2010. In addition, the F-350 DRW 4×2 pickup has seen a best in class increase in its maximum payload to 7,070 pounds and maximum fifth-wheel towing capability of 22,600 pounds. The hardware upgrades to the Super Duty complement software upgrades to the powertrain control system of the new Ford-engineered 6.7-liter Power Stroke V8 turbocharged diesel to make towing even easier. The Power Stroke delivers best-in-class 800 lb.-ft. of torque and 400 horsepower.
For those contemplating towing a trailer or a fifth-wheel the step-by-step instructions on the 4.2-inch LCD productivity screen can help even a novice tower tow like a pro. In addition, the new 2011 Ford F-Series Super Duty can be equipped with a both a factory-installed fifth-wheel hitch prep package and a proportional Trailer Brake Controller to power the trailer’s electric brakes.
According to a Ford analysis of registration data supplied by J.R. Polk, the new Super Duty dominates the heavy-duty pickup segment with nearly 50 percent of total heavy-duty sales, an increase in market share of 4 percentage points over the same period last year and its highest share since 2001. The Ford F-Series is the best-selling and most-awarded pickup truck (for 34 years straight) and best-selling vehicle (for 29 years straight) in America.
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