The Ford Super Duty Chassis Cab is the best sold truck in its segment and is build on a solid foundation which is ready to endure the most demanding conditions. The truck received a host of upgrades in 2011 and is available in three cabin configurations including the Regular-, Super- and Crew-cab models.
Thanks to its wide range of body styles, engines and trim levels it will be very easy to find a Super Duty that suits your needs. The engines are also the strongest in the segment, and reward you mind-blowing abilities when it comes to towing power and payload.
Over the years, the truck has been continuously improved and the most recent upgrades have brought a stronger V8 engine into the mix. However, in this segment there are also other worthy competitors who come from Chevrolet or Dodge. The Ford F Series Super Duty Chassis cab has a starting price of $29,570 and is available with GVWRs between 13,300- 19500 lbs.
When it comes to design, the Ford F Series Super duty Chassis cab is a benchmark in its segment. The truck’s imposing stance copes excellent with its rugged character, while the vertical grille enhances its purposeful appearance. The imposing chromed grille is flanked by the massive headlights which feature a vertical design. The latest Super Duty model keeps the classical cut-down side glass near the mirrors which is around from some years now.
The front spoiler is also finished in chrome, and its fitted with two rectangular fog lights which look fairly good and gel well with the utilitarian nature of the truck.
The reshaped hood of the latest Super Duty model features a prominent inverted power dome, which complements the new diesel and gasoline engines lurking beneath. The “Super Duty” badge is stamped on the upper grille, with a larger Ford oval proudly dominating the front end.
Once you’ll step inside, the familiar Ford design will make you feel like home. The rugged design language found outside is also well represented inside with a manly steering wheel and an angular dashboard. Unsurprisingly, the plastics are as hard as they always are in this segment, but the build quality is solid and slightly better than what you’ll find at Chevrolet’s trucks.
The instrument cluster features tow big main gauges and other four smaller units which display different vehicle information. The instruments are easy to read and also have a logical layout. The controls are also intuitively place and the dashboard layout is easy to understand and use. We also like the massive steering wheel which offers a good grab and it’s fitted with useful controls for the audio system, navigation and information display.
The high driving position offers a great view of the road, while the huge side mirrors reward you with a good rear view. As most trucks in this segment, the Ford F Series Super Duty also treats you with big and comfortable captain chairs which are available with arm rests and can be adjusted in 10 ways.
Compared to the previous models, the storage spaces of the 2011 Super Duty were increased with about 60 percent. For enhanced versatility a 12-volt powerpoint is also available at the rear of the console while another one is located inside the main bin, which is lockable.
Given this spartan atmosphere, Ford tried to bright things up a little by throwing in a bunch of high tech features to make your ride more enjoyable. As a result the truck is available with Ford’s SYNC with voice-controlled connectivity. The SYNC, offers the possibility to connect to mobile phones and media players via Bluetooth or USB and to make calls and play back music using voice control. A big 8-inch, high-resolution touch screen display also gives drivers easy access to phone, climate control, entertainment and navigation features. The 8-inch display screen is connected to an optional rear view camera which provides a clear view behind the truck when in reverse.
Ride and suspensions
In 2011 the truck’s suspension and steering have also received some attention from Ford’s engineers, but despite the improvements the steering doesn’t inspire confidence and lacks any significant feedback.
The frame and suspensions were optimized to cope better with the tough conditions, and particularly the leaf springs and spring rate were modified while the internal valving in all the shock absorbers was also improved to enable greater towing and payload capability with a proper ride quality. Though, the ride isn’t something to rave about, as it can be a bit jittery when unloaded. Instead the truck deal great with the tough terrains and remains well-mannered.
The safety features include the Trailer Sway Control (TSC) system which is integrated with AdvanceTrac with Roll Stability Control, which now is standard on all single rear wheel configurations. The truck is also available with Hill Start Assist, Hill Descent Control, Electronic Locking Differential, and Tire pressure monitoring system.
Engines and transmissions
The Ford Super Duty Chassis Cab is offered with a choice of three engines with 6.2 liters 6.7 liters and 6.8 liters displacements. The new 6.7-liter Power Stroke V-8 turbocharged diesel was designed, engineered and built by a Ford team to make it offer strong towing and payload performances.
The new 6.7 Power Stroke develops a best-in-class 735 ft-lb of torque at 1,600 rpm and 390 horsepower at 2,800 rpm, enabling the 2011 Super Duty’s class-leading towing capability of 24,400 pounds. The 2011 Super Duty also has class-leading payload capability at 6,520 pounds.
The 6.2-liter V-8 gasoline engine uses big-bore architecture to produce 405 ft-lb of torque (at 4,500 rpm) and 385 horsepower (at 5,500 rpm) on regular gasoline. The V-8’s 102 mm large bore allows for larger intake and exhaust valves for improved engine breathing, while the short stroke (95 millimeters) allows higher engine speed for increased horsepower.
All engines are mated to the new TorqShift six-speed automatic transmission which controls brilliantly the high low-end torque produced by the engines. The new transmission features a refined architecture to provide relatively low clutch speeds, which results in lower drag losses, and optimized fluid levels. The transmission is also combined with a Tow Haul mode with integrated engine exhaust braking and SelectShift Automatic capability, which includes Progressive Range Select and a manual mode.
The new transmission also enables the first application of Live Drive PTO (Power Take Off) in a Super Duty-class vehicle. On the diesel models equipped, the PTO output gear is linked through the torque converter to the engine crankshaft, allowing the transmission to power auxiliary equipment such as snowplows, aerial lifts, tow truck lifts, cement mixers or dump trucks.
|6.2L V8||385 @ 5500||405 @ 4500|
|6.8L V10||362 @ 4750||457 @ 3250|
|6.7L||300 @ 2800||660 @ 1600|
The Ford Super Duty Chassis cab is boosting with functionality and its numerous configurations make it perfect for a wide range of tough applications. The truck has also strong towing and payload capacitates, while its engine are among the strongest in the segment.
The Super Duty Chassis cab has also the smoothest engines in the class. Moreover the truck is also equipped with a long list of electronic devices which improve the truck’s performances and help the driver to get the job done much faster. The steering however, lacks any serious feel and isn’t confidence inspiring.
The cabin is pretty comfortable and even is some may considered it a bit dated, it does its job just fine having a good ergonomy and a reliable build quality.