2017 Ford Super Duty

2017 Ford Super Duty
- image 648458
  • Ford Super Duty
  • Year:
    2017
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    V8
  • Transmission:
    six-speed automatic (Est.)
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    385
  • Torque @ RPM:
    430
  • Displacement:
    6.2 L
  • 0-60 time:
    8.5 sec. (Est.)
  • Top Speed:
    110 mph (Est.)
  • Price:
    35000 (Est.)
  • Price:
  • car segment:
  • body style:

Ford stakes claim as King of The Hill

Since 1998, the Super Duty has lead Ford’s truck segment in towing, payload, and sheer power. That original design, with its vertical door handles, rectangular grille, and sloping window slots, have remained almost unchanged. Unlike the competition, the Super Duty wore different bodywork and interior as compare to the half-ton offering. In Ford’s case, it was the F-150.

However, that’s all about to change. All-new for the 2017 model year, the Ford Super Duty takes after its F-150 little brother’s cab section while still wearing different sheet metal. Well, at least the sheet metal is shaped differently. The 2017 Super Duty has adopted the 2015 Ford F-150’s all-aluminum body in an effort to cut weight.

Also like the F-150, the Super Duty uses an all-new frame constructed out of 95 percent high-strength steel. The backbone is fully boxed like the F-150’s and is said to be up to 24 percent stiffer than the previous Super Duty’s fully C-channeled frame.

Though no regular truck guy will gloat about how light his heavy-duty truck is, Ford says the new Super Duty is up to 350 pounds lighter than before. Of course, that’s thanks to the aluminum body and high-strength steel frame.

The 2017 Super Duty is a large departure from the one it replaces, not only in design, but also in technology. Keep reading for all the details.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2017 Ford Super Duty.

 

Latest Ford F-Series news and reviews:

5 Trucks To Consider for Hauling Heavy Loads

5 Trucks To Consider for Hauling Heavy Loads

You’d want these trucks on your side when you need to do heavy lifting

We often get blinded by the horsepower wars among sports cars and supercars that a lot of us don’t pay enough attention to the pickup truck battlefield where horsepower isn’t as important as torque and towing capacity. These heavy haulers may not have the kind of power that Ferraris and Ford Mustangs have, but when it comes to pulling weight on top of its own, the competition is as cutthroat as it is the performance segments. Whether its towing capacity, max payloads, or just all-around usefulness and reliability, these five pickup trucks are the best options to get to where you need to go if you’re hauling some heavy weight

Updated0 7-11-2018: This article was updated to reflect an improper torque rating given for the Ram 3500 with the 6.7-liter Cummins diesel engine The torque rating has been revised from 900 pound-feet to 930 pound-feet, which is accurate for the 2019 model year.

Read more
Spray and Pray: Hagens Berman Representing Truck Owners that Say Ford Cheated on Emissions Too

Spray and Pray: Hagens Berman Representing Truck Owners that Say Ford Cheated on Emissions Too

The Big Oval is the recipient of 2018’s first auto scandal

Volkswagen may soon have more company in the ranks of accused cheaters now that Ford is being accused of doing the same thing. The Blue Oval finds itself in the crosshairs of a lawsuit that’s accusing the automaker of rigging at least 500,000 heavy-duty pickups to beat emissions tests. The lawsuit claims that models of Ford’s F-250 and F-350 Super Duty diesel pickups sold between 2011 and 2017 are releasing emissions that are 50 times the legal limit for nitrogen oxide pollutants.

Read more
The Best Truck For Moving A Big Christmas Haul

The Best Truck For Moving A Big Christmas Haul

When Santa’s sleight left everything under your tree

Imagine, for a second, a long-lost and filthy rich uncle invites your family over for Christmas. Under the tree is every imaginable gift to make up for his years of absence. (It’s a stretch, yeah, but play along.) The kids tear through the paper revealing massive gifts that somehow weight a ton. Now, how will you get these presents home? Well, luckily there are pickup trucks built to handle the load.

General Motors, Ford, and Ram’s offerings have all grown exponentially capable over the last decade, with some hauling and towing more than ever though possible. In many cases, a commercial driver’s license is needed to stay legal. Here, we’re going to focus on one-ton trucks with single-rear wheels and achieving the maximum payload capacity. So, if you’re needed a truck that can haul, this is for you.

Continue reading for more Christmas cheer and pickup specs.

Read more
Torque Wars Continue as Ford Boosts Super Duty Power Stroke Torque to 935 Pound-Feet

Torque Wars Continue as Ford Boosts Super Duty Power Stroke Torque to 935 Pound-Feet

Balls in your court, Ram

Because pickup trucks usually carry heavy loads other than their bodies, acceleration is important in getting these vehicles to move. That’s why torque numbers are just as important, maybe even more, as horsepower in this segment. This explains why Ford and Ram have been engaged in a perpetual battle of “can-you-top-this?” with regards to the amount of torque their models can produce. Well, it’s Ford’s turn atop the mountain after the automaker announced that for 2018, the Super Duty line’s 6.7-liter Power Stroke V-8 diesel engine packs 450 horsepower and 935 pound-feet of torque, edging out Ram’s 6.7-liter Cummins inline-six turbodiesel engine by five pound-feet of torque.

Read more
EarthRoamer's New F-750 XV-HD Is A $1.5M Off-Roading RV

EarthRoamer’s New F-750 XV-HD Is A $1.5M Off-Roading RV

EarthRoamer is no stranger to building high-end, custom, off-road RVs. The Colorado-based company has been building them since 1998. Their main model, the XV-LT, is built using the Ford F-550 Super Duty platform. It’s a go-anywhere rig designed for off-the-grid living. Well, now the company is building something even bigger – the XV-HD. It’s based on the massive Ford F-750 medium-duty truck and is converted to 4WD with a solid front axle. The fiberglass body is one large piece with no seam, and the interior is fully customizable and built to suit each owner. Obviously, something like this won’t be cheap – and it’s not. It carries a price tag of $1.7 million.

The truck (building on wheels?) has 46-inch-tall mud-terrain tires, a 30,000-pound recovery winch inside its custom front bumper. It can carry 115 gallons of diesel fuel, 250 gallons of fresh water, and its solar panel array generates 2,100 watts of power and feeds a 20,000 kWh lithium-ion battery pack. Oh, and there’s an automatically starting generator should the batteries need to be recharged in the dark.

There is a ton more information, so keep reading for the details.

Continue reading for more on the EarthRoamer XV-HD.

Read more
2017 Ford F-350 “The Operator” By Hellwig

2017 Ford F-350 “The Operator” By Hellwig

Yo dawg, I heard you like off-roading…

We love it when a builder goes just a little bit of crazy, creating something over-the-top, but only just. This extensively modified F-350 from Hellwig is exactly that. Dubbed “The Operator,” Hellwig started with a stock 2017 Ford Super Duty F-350 Lariat Crew Cab, then added upgrades until it had created the “ultimate recon adventure vehicle.” The most obvious thing to pick out is the large UTV this truck is hauling in its bed – or rather, above its bed might be more accurate. But there’s more to it than just that. “From recon runs in the desert to family camping trips in the dunes, the Operator is capable and comfortable,” says Hellwig, and we believe it. In addition to the usual off-roader gear outside, there’s nice stuff inside the cabin as well, plus a few choice upgrades under the hood to round it out.

All told, while the UTV certainly has our attention, it’s the little details in this build that really impress us. Hellwig didn’t neglect a thing in building its idea of “ultimate,” and in the end, we can’t help but stand back and admire the handy work.

Continue reading to learn more about the Ford F-350 By Hellwig.

Read more
2017 Ford F-250 Super Duty XLT By BDS Suspension

2017 Ford F-250 Super Duty XLT By BDS Suspension

Turbodiesel monster with off-road suspension is custom from tow hooks to hitch

Ford brought more than 50 vehicles to the 2017 SEMA Show, ranging from factory fresh models and high-horsepower Mustangs to SUVs and lifted trucks. That last one is exactly what we’ve got here – a massive F-250 Super Duty that’s been re-engineered to handle any off-road situation. Ford partnered with BDS Suspension in building what’s been dubbed “Project SD126: No Mission Is Impossible.

The truck started life as a 2017 F-250 Super Duty XLT with a regular cab and long bed powered by the 6.7-liter Power Stroke turbodiesel and backed by the six-speed automatic transmission and stock 4WD system. BDS broke out the Sawzall and cut the long bed down. The wheelbase went from 142 inches to 126 inches, hints the SD126 name. From there came the suspension parts, new body panels, and reworked interior. Nearly every inch of the truck has been touched. Check out the details below.

Continue reading for more on the SD126 Super Duty.

Read more
Don't Fall Out! Ford F-150's Doors Can Fly Open

Don’t Fall Out! Ford F-150’s Doors Can Fly Open

Ford is recalling 1.3 million F-Series trucks over door latch issue

Ford is issuing a safety recall for roughly 1.3 million F-150 and Super Duties from 2015 to 2017 over concerns the door latch can become inoperable, which could lead to the door not opening, or worse, the door flying open while driving. Ford says two mechanical problems can lead to the condition. One, the latch could become frozen and two, the cable running from the inside handle to the latch can become kinked. In either scenario, serious safety problems arise.

Basically, it boils down to the door not latching or unlatching when it shouldn’t. That’s bad, especially if somebody needed to enter or exit quickly, say in an emergency. What’s worse, Ford says the door could appear closed, yet the latch be unsecured. That could lead the door to fling open while taking a turn. Forget to put a seatbelt on, and somebody is leaving the truck in a bad way.

Thankfully, Ford says it has no reports of injuries stemming from this problem but is replacing door latches on a select number of aluminum-bodied F-Series trucks. These include the current-generation F-150 built from March 2014 up through the new 2017 Super Duty built in 2016. The full list of recalled trucks is below. The recall covers 1,101,107 F-Series trucks in the U.S., 222.408 in Canada, and 21,090 in Mexico for a total of 1,344,605.

Ford’s solution to the problem is installing a “water shield” over the door latches to prevent water from getting inside. Ford didn’t specify whether the latches freeze due to rust or if actual ice was accumulating in colder weather. Regardless, Ford dealership technicians will inspect the parts and repair them if necessary.

Continue reading for more information.

Read more
Ford Debuts Limited Trim on 2018 Super Duty and It's Expensive

Ford Debuts Limited Trim on 2018 Super Duty and It’s Expensive

Only the $450,00 GT supercar out-costs this heavy hauler

New vehicle prices have drastically risen over the last two decades, with pickup trucks leading the surge. Now, Ford is pushing the envelope even further by launching the Limited trim on its 2018 Super Duty Lineup. First seen on the 2015 F-150, the Limited trim had not been offered on Ford’s heavy-duty pickup line. That’s changed now, along with the max price somebody can pay for a pickup.

Check every option box on a 2018 F-450 Limited and the price can soar to $95,750!

Even the “base” price for a Super Duty Limited is expensive. For $82,130, Ford will sell you an F-250 version. That’s nearly $10,000 more than the 2017 F-250 Platinum, the Super Duty’s current top trim. Of course, it doesn’t matter what weight class Super Duty you pick, the Limited trim comes standard with just about every conceivable feature and creature comfort available in anything short of a Maybach or Rolls Royce. Two-tone leather front seats have 10-way power adjustability, heating, venting, and massage functions. A panoramic moonroof spans nearly from the windshield to the rear window. Power-folding side steps, a Wi-Fi hotspot, and full LED lighting are also present.

Tech features include Ford’s Sync 3 infotainment system with its 360-degree camera system and innovative auxiliary camera for attaching to the rear of a trailer. It has adaptive cruise control with collision warning, lane keep assist, blind spot monitoring for both the truck and trailer, and an 8.0-inch productivity screen in the gauge cluster that hosts a bevy of information, including drivetrain parameters, tire pressure monitors for the truck and trailer, and other customizable screens. The Super Duty even has Ford’s Pro Trailer Backup Assist feature, which allows the driver to maneuver the truck and trailer in reverse by twisting a dash-mounted knob in the direction the trailer should travel rather than having to think about counter-steering with the steering wheel.

Naturally, the Super Duty Limited has the 6.7-liter Power Stroke V-8 turbodiesel for pulling heavy loads. It boasts 440 horsepower and 925 pound-feet of torque, which is enough to pull 32,500 pounds via a gooseneck trailer in the F-450. The Super Duty can also tow 21,000 pounds from its receiver hitch and haul 7,630 pounds of payload in its aluminum cargo box – all when the right cab, bed, and drivetrain combination is chosen.

Ford has said in the past that customers of high-end, heavy-duty pickups are typically hauling expensive things, like a million-dollar yacht or a $200,000 horse trailer with a prize-winning stallion riding inside. It’s no wonder, then, why these customers won’t mind spending six-figures on their tow rig.

What do you think? Is $100,000 too expensive for an ultra-luxury truck? Will GM and Ram have to develop an equally expensive trim level to compete with the Limited? Let us know in the comments below.

Read more
Ford F-250 Super Duty Proves Even New Trucks Break

Ford F-250 Super Duty Proves Even New Trucks Break

Cooling fan flies apart, killing belts & radiator

Our friends over at TFLTruck experienced an unlikely event while testing towing and payload performance of a 2017 Ford F-250 Super Duty. It seems the plastic cooling fan disintegrated into several pieces, sending high-speed projectiles into the radiator and slicing off the main serpentine belt. And all this before arriving at TFLTruck’s famed “Ike Gauntlet” towing test up the steep, seven-percent grade near the Eisenhower tunnel on I-70 outside Denver, Colorado.

The Super Duty in question is a bare-bones regular cab in XL trim with RWD and the 6.2-liter gasoline V-8. In other words – a common work truck. What’s more, the 6.2-liter is a carry-over engine from the previous generation Super Duty. Only a new air intake and camshaft profile were added for 2017, helping bump power output to 385 horsepower and 430 pound-feet of torque. F-250 models with the 6.2-liter also have the new TorqShift-G six-speed automatic transmission, though the transmission certainly had nothing to do with the cooling fan blowing up.

Granted, the F-250’s V-8 was working hard. The truck was hauling a 2,500-pound water tote in its eight-foot bed while towing an 11,900-pound trailer loaded with a 2012 Ford F-250 Super Duty Crew Cab. Combined with the 2017 truck’s curb weight, the GCWR sat around 19,500 pounds – right at the limit for this F-250. The cooling system was undoubtedly under stress. Still, the truck wasn’t overloaded; TFLTruck is known for being thorough and fair with evaluations. The heavy weight doesn’t excuse what happened. It will be interesting to see what Ford tells TFLTruck and how the issue is resolved. Luckily, we’ll get that update in Part 2 of this video review.

So, what do you think? Does this add fuel to the age-old battle between Ford, GM, and Ram? Let us know in the comments below.

Read more
Ford Says Trump Presidency Could Boost Truck Sales

Ford Says Trump Presidency Could Boost Truck Sales

The love/hate relationship continues

Ford Motor Company’s president of the Americas, Joe Hinrichs, says Trump’s presidency could spark big growth in sales for the pickup truck segment. Hinrichs cites Trump’s pro-growth and promise of extensive infrastructure revitalization as factors, which could spark truck demand.

“If the infrastructure investment in the United States takes off as part of the conversation with the new administration, that certainly could help the industry and the business,” Hinrichs said at the Automotive News World Congress.

Ford sold an impressive 820,000 F-Series trucks in 2016. That marks the F-Series’ highest sales since 2005. Ford is currently chasing the 1 million annual sales mark for the F-Series, having almost reached the goal in 2004 with more than 930,000 units sold in the U.S. Adding the 145,409 F-Series trucks sold in Canada that year technically pushes Ford to its goal, but Ford undoubtedly wants to claim the title for sole U.S. sales.

While Hinrichs’ optimism is well founded in an a-political statement regarding economics, it just seems odd for a Ford executive to be commenting positively about a Trump administration after the flack Trump gave Ford on the campaign trail over its plan to relocate small car production from Michigan to Mexico. As we reported, Ford canceled the plans after Trump’s November victory, vowing to invest in American manufacturing.

Part of that boost will come with the upcoming 2019 Ranger pickup and 2020 Bronco SUV. Both were officially announced at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show, though no concept vehicles or even renderings were shows. Ford is also divulged it will bring five new utility vehicles to the U.S. by 2020, including the Bronco. And though initial speculation pegged the iconic nameplate as being a rebadged Ford Everest, Hinrichs said the Bronco will be “true to its heritage” and “you’ll recognize it as a Bronco.”

Continue reading for more information

Read more
Watch the 2017 Ford Super Duty Undergo Crash Testing

Watch the 2017 Ford Super Duty Undergo Crash Testing

Ford’s newest pickup undergoes Government testing

The 2017 Ford Super Duty is the newest thing under the Blue Oval banner, but that certainly doesn’t make it immune from harm. In fact, like all new vehicles, the Super Duty had to undergo crash testing to ensure its crashworthiness. And if you’re anything like me, you get some weird enjoyment out of seeing a brand new vehicle smash against a wall. Luckily for us, these cash tests are filmed for evaluation and posterity.

The video above shows a 2017 Super Duty SuperCrew XL long bed meeting its demise against a flat wall at 35 mph under the supervision of National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The coolest part is the truck’s one-off paintjob. Designed to allow easy viewing and contact determination, the underbody parts are all color-coordinated while the interior is coated in what appears to be flat white paint from a spray can. Imagine having the job of rattle-canning the interior of new cars….

The slow-motion footage is rather fun to watch, especially the view from underneath the truck. The driveline parts, exhaust components, and the full-boxed frame are all clearly visible.

According to CrashNet1, the video’s YouTube host, the F-250 earned a Five-Star rating in the frontal crash, a Five-Star in the side-impact crash, and a Four-Star in the overall rating. The lowest score earned was in the rollover category, with the 4WD Super Duty earning only Three Stars, while the RWD version earned Four Stars.

We’ve got more Super Duty crash test videos below the jump, so keep scrolling for more!

Read more
Ford Recalls 2017 Super Duty over Fuel Tank Straps

Ford Recalls 2017 Super Duty over Fuel Tank Straps

Fuel tank could drop down should the straps break

Ford has issued a voluntary safety recall for the all-new, 2017 Super Duty pickup. The recall includes roughly 8,000 pickups, which might have missing reinforcements for the fuel tank strap. Ford says that over time, the straps could separate from the truck’s frame, allowing the fuel tank to make contact with the ground, potentially leading to a fire.

Ford has no reported incidences from owners, so no injuries are associated with the recall. The affected trucks were built at the Kentucky Truck Plant between August 10 and September 17. Ford says 7,103 of the affected trucks are inside the U.S., while 964 are in Canada. Oddly enough, two more Super Duties are somewhere in U.S. federalized territories.

As with all recalls, vehicle owners will not be charged for inspection, repair, or replacement of the parts in question. Ford dealerships will inspect the fuel tank straps, checking for the presence of a reinforcement bracket on the No. 3 crossmember at the front of the fuel tank. If no bracket is found, one will be installed.

This marks the first recall for Ford’s new Super Duty. It’s highly doubtful this issue will slow buyers from snatching up the new model. Ford has released information saying Super Duty sales are up 33 percent in its first three months on the market. Truck-centric markets in Texas show an even bigger lead. Sales in Houston are up 38 percent, while Dallas sales are up a staggering 45 percent.

Continue reading for more information.

Read more
Ford Idling F-150, Transit Assembly Plant for One Week

Ford Idling F-150, Transit Assembly Plant for One Week

Maintenance and inventory reduction are lead factors

Ford Motor Company is planning to idle F-150 and Transit van production for one week during January at its Kansas City Assembly Plant in Missouri. The time will be used primarily to help reduce Ford’s supply of the trucks and vans as consumer demand wanes. Facility maintenance will also be performed during the down time, scheduled for January 2 through 9.

Production of the F-150 will continue uninterrupted at Ford’s Dearborn Truck Plant.

Ford says it has a 108-day supply of Transit vans, up from an 83-day supply at this time last year. The F-Series pickups currently have an 85-day supply, which is actually down from an 87-day supply last year.

The Kansas City Assembly Plant employs roughly 7,400 workers and runs three shifts around the clock. Employees will be retained for the week-long stint. This marks the second time in four months Ford has idled the Kansas City Plant. Back in October of 2016, the plant, along with four other Ford manufacturing facilities, halted production for a week.

Other automakers are doing the same. General Motors is having to go a step further come 2017. The automaker is planning to idle a number of its small car assembly plants in order to realign its output supply the slowing customer demand for compact and mid-size cars. Come January, GM will begin laying off nearly 3,300 workers as it cuts production shifts in three of its assembly plants in Michigan and Ohio.

Continue reading for more information.

Read more
First Impressions: 2017 Ford Super Duty

First Impressions: 2017 Ford Super Duty

We drive Ford’s all-new Heavy Duty

The 2017 Super Duty is an important vehicle for Ford. It, along with the F-150, makes up Ford’s best-selling lineup – the F-Series. Two years after Ford introduced the all-new, aluminum-bodied F-150 for 2015, the 2017 model year sees a complete overhaul of the Super Duty truck. These changes pushed the Super Duty past the competition at the Texas Auto Writers Association’s 2016 Truck Rodeo where the truck won the top honor of the Truck of Texas. We participated in the Rodeo and had our first experience behind the wheel of Ford’s new heavy hauler.

Several Super Duty trims and weight classes were present, so we got a great sampling of the lineup. The range included an F-250 Crew Cab in Lariat trim up to an F-450 King Ranch. An F-350 Platinum, Ford’s range-topping trim level, was also present and competed in the Luxury Pickup segment. Sadly, that F-450 was only set up for demonstrating Ford’s extensive camera system.

Regardless of trim or class, the Super Duties were all powered by the revised 6.7-liter Power Stroke V-8 turbodiesel with the six-speed automatic transmission and were fitted with 4WD.

So what’s it like behind the wheel? Keep reading to find out.

Continue reading for more information.

Read more
2017 Ford Super Duty Named Truck of Texas

2017 Ford Super Duty Named Truck of Texas

We joined the Texas Auto Writers Association in the two-day evaluation

The all-new, aluminum-intensive 2017 Ford Super Duty was named the Truck of Texas by the Texas Auto Writers Association after a grueling two-day evaluation of every new or heavily refreshed pickup on the market at the 2016 Truck Rodeo. The competition included offerings from Ram, GMC, Toyota, Nissan, and Honda.

Automotive journalists from around the country, including your truly, converge in Texas every October for this event that concludes with numerous awards covering everything from crossovers to off-road pickups. The Truck of Texas award is the highest honor and is given to the truck that shows the most improvement in its segment while embodying the spirit of Texas truck culture.

Doug Scott, Ford’s Truck Group Marketing Manager, said, “We are honored to win the ‘Truck of Texas’ award as it underscores how the all-new 2017 Ford Super Duty lineup is the toughest, smartest, and most capable truck we’ve ever built.”

Furthermore, the Super Duty also won the Heavy Duty Pickup Truck segment, beating out the 2017 Ram 2500 Limited and 2017 Ram 2500 Longhorn editions. Ram didn’t leave empty handed, however. The 2017 Power Wagon took home the Off-Road Pickup Truck category, beating out the 2017 Nissan Titan PRO-4X Crew Cab. The category also included the 2016 GMC Sierra 1500 All Terrain X and 2017 Ford F-250 4x4 Crew Cab King Ranch.

Ram also snagged the Luxury Pickup Truck category with its 2017 Ram 1500 Longhorn edition. The Full-Size Pickup Truck category was awarded to the 2017 Nissan Titan Texas Edition SL Crew Cab, with the 2017 F-150 4x4 Supercrew Lariat coming in second.

In total, more than 71 vehicles worth roughly $4 million competed in the Truck Rodeo. Approximately 70 journalists were in attendance. Last year’s winner was the 2016 Nissan Titan XD.

Continue reading for more information.

Read more
Ford Showcases 2017 Super Duty's Adaptive Steering: Video

Ford Showcases 2017 Super Duty’s Adaptive Steering: Video

Advancements in technology help drivability

Ford has invested millions into the 2017 Super Duty, a member of its top-selling F-Series lineup. Part of that money went into new technologies designed to make operating a heavy-duty pickup easier for the average Joe. Ford now offers things like a 360-degree camera system, adaptive cruise control, and a blind spot monitoring system that even keeps track of a trailer’s blind spots. Headlining the drivability category, however, is the Super Duty’s new Adaptive Steering system.

As the short video points out, the adaptive steering system changes ratio with vehicle speed and driver input, altering the steering input from the steering wheel to the front tires by as much as 30 percent. This helps reduce the steering effort excreted by the driver by cutting down on the number of rotations of the steering wheel and the force needed to turn the wheel.

The system works by using a computer to control an electric motor and gear unit. Based on steering wheel inputs by the driver and the vehicle’s rate of speed, the adaptive steering system will add or subtract rotations needed by the driver to turn the tires. Ford says that up to one full rotation of the steering wheel can be reduced at low speeds. The system also has a specific algorithm when Tow/Haul mode is engaged, making the steering system more adapt to maneuvering a trailer. This helps reduce the effort needed to move the front wheels from lock-to-lock.

This is clearly demonstrated in Ford’s video, with the picture-in-picture shot of adaptive steering verses a Super Duty with conventional steering. And yes, the system is an option of the 2017 Super Duty. According to Ford’s Build and Price website, it’s available on all but the base XL trim package and costs $685. The range-topping Platinum trim level makes the Adaptive Steering Package a standard feature.

While the Super Duty might catch all the headlines, Ford’s adaptive steering system actually debuted on the 2016 Ford Edge.

Continue reading for more info on the 2017 Super Duty.

Read more
How We'd Spec It: 2017 Ford Super Duty

How We’d Spec It: 2017 Ford Super Duty

Building a truck for work and daily life

Pickup trucks are about as American as apple pie and baseball. A bit cliché? Sure, but it’s true. Nowhere else in the world are so many trucks sold. And at the top of the sales heap is the Ford F-Series, which includes the F-150 and Super Duty. Americans tend to buy trucks for both family and work duties, allowing them the flexibility to take the kids to school while hauling a 12,000-pound trailer.

With that in mind, we decided to build a truck that would perform well in this scenario, both in hauling people and cargo. Going onto Ford’s Build & Price online configurator, we selected a 2017 Ford F-350 Crew Cab in Lariat trim with the six-foot bed powered by the 6.7-liter Power Stroke V-8 turbodiesel in 4WD with the 3.55 rear gearing fitted with the electronic locker. We then added a slew of options to make the truck a competent as possible for both situations, paying little attention to the price tag.

The Super Duty is all new for 2017, with Ford just finishing up a full redesign. The new truck includes all the updates and advancements found in the F-150, which underwent a full rethink for the 2015 model year. The Super Duty now has an aluminum body from bumper to bumper and shares is cab with the F-150.

This is a big departure from traditional Super Duty thinking. In fact, since the Super Duty was launched for the 1998 model year, it has always used its own unique cab, interior, and design language to separate itself from the lesser-capable F-150. Now Ford is bringing the two trucks together, both to help unify the F-Series and to cut development and construction costs.

All that aside, let’s jump into what our 2017 Ford F-350 Super Duty would look like.

Continue reading for the full run-down.

Read more

Latest Videos:

Ford's Medium Duty Truck Sales Up 59 Percent, Best Year Since 1997

Ford’s Medium Duty Truck Sales Up 59 Percent, Best Year Since 1997

Sales show Ford’s revamp of the F-650 & F-750 were well timed

Ford is experiencing a major success with its new 2016 F-650 and F-750 medium duty trucks. Since their launch in August of 2015, the trucks have sold 10,160 units, representing a 59-percent increase in year-over-year sales. It was 1997 when Ford last had this much gain in its medium duty segment.

“We’re seeing growing interest in the new tractor from beverage and hauling fleets,” says Kevin Koester, Ford medium-duty truck and Super Duty fleet marketing manager. “Giving our customers the choice of two exclusive powertrains, available across all body styles and designed specifically for the unique needs of the vocational truck market, has really helped drive sales of our new trucks.”

Ford credits its sales growth to big improvements with the F-650 and F-750. They include a quieter, more insulated cabin, multiple frame designs and wheelbase choices to suit a wide variety of customers, and powertrain improvements that include both gasoline and diesel engines backed by Ford’s heavy-duty automatic transmission.

The F-650 and F-750 remain the only medium-duty trucks to offer a gasoline engine, the 6.8-liter V-10. Added to that is the option for a CNG fuel system, giving customers the choice between running standard gasoline or Compressed Natural Gas. The diesel engine is familiar to Super Duty customers – the 6.7-liter Power Stroke turbodiesel. Ford offers the engine in three stages of tune. The base tune makes 270 horsepower and 675 pound-feet of torque. The mid-rage tune boosts power to 300 horses and 700 pound-feet of torque. Those doing extremely heavy lifting will want the 300-horse, 725 pound-feet version. Fleet bosses also love Ford’s five-year/250,000-mile warranty on the Power Stroke.

“Towing and rental customers have embraced the gas engine, and others are looking at this powertrain for more severe service applications,” Koester says. “Our diesel customers are praising the quietness of the 6.7-liter Power Stroke diesel engine. Not only is it up to 45 percent quieter in the cabin at idle than the outgoing model, it’s so quiet that customers have told us that there have been times when they’ve approached the truck in front of the grille and didn’t even realize it was running.”

While NVH levels aren’t generally selling points for commercial trucks, the quite operation certainly isn’t a detractor.

Ford also builds the F-650 and F-750 at its Ohio Assembly Plant near Cleveland, having moved production from Mexico in late 2015. The automaker invested some $168 million in the Ohio plant before beginning work on the F-650 and F-750.

Continue reading for more information.

Read more
Ford F-Series Now Official Truck of the NFL

Ford F-Series Now Official Truck of the NFL

Football and Ford – A new partnership aims at customer interaction

It’s no secret that professional football is one of the biggest sports in America these days, so Ford is moving to capitalize on the NFL’s widespread recognition with a three-year partnership that makes Ford trucks the “Official Truck of the NFL.”

Ford is kicking the partnership off in New York, giving football fans a chance to order a Ford truck on demand through Uber. There’s also tailgating food, merchandise, and game tickets up for grabs. After New York, Ford is hitting the road with its “Built Ford Tough Tailgate Tour” that’s set to travel the country, hitting NFL stadiums with the “Built Ford Tough Tailgates on Demand” on game day. Ford is also giving away hard-to-get tickets for popular games.

“America’s truck leader is teaming up with organizers of the nation’s favorite sport to put the spotlight on fans and players who show toughness, smarts and determination on and off the field, and who deserve to be recognized for that,” says Mark LaNeve, Ford Motor Company vice president, U.S. marketing, sales and service. “Both brands… are coming together to give fans exclusive access to events and games, and to highlight players in a new way.”

Ford’s grand prize is impressive – two tickets to Super Bowl LI and a new 2017 Ford Super Duty wrapped in the winner’s NFL team livery. And until the Super Bowl is over, expect to see plenty of Ford F-Series TV commercials every time you watch a NFL game.

Continue reading for more information.

Read more
2017 Ford F-150 & Super Duty STX

2017 Ford F-150 & Super Duty STX

Ford brings back the value-based STX trim package

Ford is reintroducing the value-minded STX trim package for the 2017 F-150 and, for the first time, offering it on the Super Duty line. Ford fans will remember the STX package from the last generation F-150. It offered an economical way to spruce up a base-level truck without going overboard on options and features. Like before, the STX trim slots between the base XL and the mid-level XLT.

The STX package hasn’t been offered since Ford introduced the aluminum-intensive 2015 F-150. Now as the 2017 model year rolls in, customers can finally check that option box. This is likely a response to customers complaining of inflated pickup prices. It’s hard to blame them, either. Prices for an F-150 Crew Cab with the base V-6 and no options start around $37,000.

Ford’s truck marketing manager reinforces the notion in the press release, saying, “[The] STX is for customers who want the utility of an F-Series truck in a stylish, well-optioned package at a competitive price.”

Likewise, Super Duty customers can now choose the STX package that adds many of the modern touches without sending prices through the roof. The STX package can be had on every cab, bed, and engine configuration. F-150 customers can choose the STX package on SuperCab and SuperCrew configurations with all but the base V-6 engine option.

So what does the STX package include? Keep reading for the full details.

Continue reading for more information.

Read more
Ford Now Shipping 2017 Super Duty

Ford Now Shipping 2017 Super Duty

The wait is coming to an end

If you’ve been waiting to see Ford’s newest Super Duty in person, the wait is almost over. Ford has announced shipments have begun of the 2017 Super Duty pickup to local Ford dealerships. The truck is produced at Ford’s Louisville, Kentucky assembly plant. The current Super Duty holds an impressive 43 percent of the market share in the heavy duty segment, despite having two strong competitors from GM and Ram.

Things aren’t all peachy, though. Bloomberg reports Ford is anticipating a market downturn in 2017 with a projected decrease in overall vehicle sales and subsequent lower profits. However, the new Super Duty should help the automaker pull through.

Joe Hinrichs, Ford’s president of the Americas, spoke at a conference in New York regarding the issue, saying, “We feel good about where the North American business is. We still believe we can be profitable in a downturn.” Profits come only after the truck is fully rolled out, with the launch phase finished. “There certainly are costs associated with the launch period,” he said. “Once we got past the F-150 launch, we set a record for every quarterly profit.”

The F-150, the Super Duty’s smaller sibling, had a similar birthing process, with adjustments needed for the all-new aluminum body. These days, the F-150 is selling well and raking in profits for the automaker. The new 2017 Super Duty is expected to perform the same.

So, if you’re in the market for a new heavy duty pickup, your local Ford dealer has the newest one on the block.

Continue reading for more information.

Read more
2017 Ford Super Duty FX4 Blasts an Off-Road Trail

2017 Ford Super Duty FX4 Blasts an Off-Road Trail

TFL Truck just got behind the wheel of Ford’s newest truck

Ford’s all-new 2017 Super Duty is nearing its launch in dealerships across the country. But before that happens, Ford as been busy showing off the Super Duty and its new capabilities. Our friends over at TFL Truck experienced the off-road chops of the F-250 equipped with the FX4 package first hand with a Ford rep riding shotgun.

Those familiar with the FX4 package knows it includes several upgraded parts designed to help a truck manage challenging off-road terrain. In the case of this 2017 F-250, the package includes underbody skid plates, shock absorbers tuned for off-road use, and an electronically locking rear differential. Of course, the FX4 package is only offered on 4WD-equipped pickups.

However, it wasn’t just the FX4 package helping the big Super Duty navigate the tight dirt course. Ford’s 360-degree camera system can be turned of at speeds below five mph and helps the driver see what’s going on. When moving forward, a camera in the front grille displays a view of low-lying objects covered by the long hood. The same is true for the tailgate-mounted camera when in reverse – like any modern backup camera.

The video also shows other handy interior features, including the foldable and lockable storage bin under the second-row bench set. And it wouldn’t be a proper truck review without talking about the powertrain. This particular truck comes powered with the updated 6.2-liter V-8. New for 2017, the big gasser makes an impressive 430 pound-feet of torque. Horsepower is still rated at 385 like last year.

Despite not having the expensive, 6.7-liter Power Stoke turbodiesel V-8, this F-250 fitted with the Platinum trim level cost a whopping $68,020. That’s a chunk of change.

Continue reading for more information.

Read more
Ford Announces 2017 Super Duty Towing Specs

Ford Announces 2017 Super Duty Towing Specs

Ram & Chevy are left in the dust

The numbers game never ends with full-size pickups, and especially heavy duty segment at that. Well, Ford announced the new specifications for the new 2017 Super Duty in the latest move of one-upmanship. The numbers include payload, towing, horsepower, and torque specs for the entire Super Duty lineup. This includes the F-250 up to the mighty F-450. In short, watch out Peterbilt and Kenworth.

Two specs take the cake: the 6.7-liter Power Stroke’s torque rating and the F-450’s maximum tow rating. This new second-generation 6.7-liter Power Stoke now cranks out 440 horsepower and a whopping 925 pound-feet of torque. That’s 25 pound-feet more than the Ram 3500’s Cummins turbodiesel. Towing also surpasses the Ram 3500, besting the Ram by 1,290 pounds for a max gooseneck tow rating of 32,500 pounds. Fifth-wheel users can tow 27,500 pounds – 2,500 pounds more than the next best competitor.

The remainder of the specs are equally impressive. The F-450 can tow a conventional tag-along trailer weighing 21,000 pounds without a weight distributing hitch. That’s impressive. It’s also 1,000 pounds more than the next-best competitor. Payload takes the prize as well, with the F-450 hauling a gargantuan 7,630 pounds in its bed. That essentially makes it a 3.8-ton truck. So much for that whole “one-ton” classification, huh?

The F-450 isn’t the one shining star in the Super Duty lineup. The F-250 with the Trailer Tow Package and F-350 with single-rear wheels are now rated to tow 18,000 pounds at the receiver hitch. The F-250 can also haul 4,200 pounds, 600 pounds more than the other guys.

For those not able to splurge for the pricey Power Stroke, the Super Duty’s standard gasoline engine now comes with more power and torque, too. The 6.2-liter V-8 now pumps out 385 horsepower and 430 pound-feet of torque. While horsepower remains unchanged, torque is increased by 25 pound-feet. F-350 and F-450 trucks come standard with the same TorqShift six-speed automatic transmission. F-250 trucks with the 6.2-liter V-8 come with Ford’s TorqShift-G six-speed auto designed for improved fuel economy.

There’s only one problem though… Keep reading for the dilemma

Continue reading for the full story.

Read more

Latest Wallpapers:

The New Ford Super Duty Gets Smarter: Video

The New Ford Super Duty Gets Smarter: Video

Modern safety tech now available, but you’ll be paying for its schooling

The all-new Ford Super Duty is on the cusp of fulltime production and arrival at dealerships around the country. Ford, of course, is hyping customers by showcasing the truck’s new features. There’s no exception for the Super Duty’s safety systems. This short video details all the new driver assist technology never previously available on the Super Duty.

Included in the mix is Adaptive Radar, Blind Spot Information System, Adaptive Steering, and Lane Departure Warning.

Adaptive Radar, Ford says, is especially handy when towing. While I’m not too keen on using cruise control why towing in traffic, the system will keep a set distance between your bumper and the car ahead. Lane Departure Warning is another safety feature that some drivers will like. Cross either lane marking and the steering wheel vibrates, mimicking the feel of rumble strips.

Adaptive Steering is also new. The system makes steering wheel efforts light and easy at low speeds and stiffer at highway speeds. This helps in both low-speed maneuverability – like when backing a trailer – and making sudden lane-change movement less likely on the highway. Last but not least is Ford’s Blind Spot Information System. It’s more than your average blind spot monitoring system, though. This one actually monitors the blind spots beside your trailer. Yep, when a trailer is connected, the truck uses sensors in its taillights to monitor the area beside the trailer, alerting the driver if a vehicle is traveling beside.

These features will go a long way to making the Super Duty a safer truck to operate and a safer truck to drive near. It’s great to see these technologies from the half-ton F-150 make their way into the heavy-duty segment. Of course, the cost of these systems will be passed onto the consumer, likely making the Super Duty more expensive than before. Thankfully most of the systems will be optional on higher-trimmed trucks, leaving those wanting a base XL work truck with a smaller price tag.

Read more
"Dirt Every Day" Builds an All-American Monster Truck: Video

"Dirt Every Day" Builds an All-American Monster Truck: Video

Military surplus F-350 + 54-inch tires = GREATNESS

Leave it to the guys at Dirt Every Day to concoct this madness. What do you do with a crew cab, log box military surplus truck powered by an asthmatic small-block Ford V-8 that nobody wants to buy – even after appearing in a magazine build? Well if you’re Fred Williams and Dave Chappelle, you cut the fenders and bolt on a set of 54-inch Mickey Thompson tires.

That’s exactly what happened.

Fred’s tired old 1993 Ford F-350 needed something… different. He and his build crew already swapped its differential gears and mounted a set of BF Goodrich Baja T/A tires on military beadlock wheels, but were left with little love for the old beater truck. It was relegated to Craigslist where no one wanted it. That’s when the idea struck. Monster Truck

The DED team spent three days transforming the pickup into a massive wall of rubber and metal. A new 4:1 transfer case doubled the crawl ratio and a new hydraulic steering system made the Ford drive like a John Deere. Over-boosted steering and all, Fred and Chappelle took off to the desert in search of the most extreme rock crawling around. I won’t spoil the fun, but let’s just say the truck’s body doesn’t remain unscathed.

Kick back, crank the sound, and enjoy this 24-minute show.

Read more
Ebay Find of the Day: 2000 Ford F-250

Ebay Find of the Day: 2000 Ford F-250

It’s showroom fresh with only 18,000 miles

Ebay is full of interesting vehicles, but few trucks are as attention grabbing as this 16-year-old Ford F-250. This Island Blue pickup is a one-owner ride with just over 18,000 miles on the clock. It might be 16 years old, but it looks showroom fresh with nary a sign of wear or abuse.

Making the truck even more special, this 2000 model F-250 is equipped with a five-speed manual transmission backing the legendary 7.3-liter Power Stroke V-8 turbodiesel. It’s basically the Holy Grail powertrain of heavy duty Fords. Oh, and it’s 4WD.

Aftermarket mud flaps and just a hint of surface rust on the trailer hitch receiver are the only tarnish on the truck’s mint, showroom condition. Beyond that, the truck still wears its original Firestone Steeltex A/T tires and five-spoke wheels, two-tone paint, side steps, spray-on bedliner, and the extendable trailer mirrors.

Inside, the tan interior is immaculate, complete with carpeted floor mats, leather seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, wood trim, and the original AM/FM/CD/Cassette radio. This rig came from the Ford factory with the Lariat trim, making it a range-topping model in its day. Its Extended Cab and front bench seat configuration means it has room for six in a pinch or four comfortably. The rear bench seat folds upwards, creating a flat load space for cargo. Access to the rear is given via the rear-hinged “suicide” doors.

Of course, there’s that 7.3-liter Power Stroke. It generates 235 horsepower and 500 pound-feet of torque while making the most distinctive diesel clatter known to man. The four-speed manual transmission with overdrive gives the truest sensation of diving a big-rig this side of a Peterbilt. The only thing that could make this powertrain better is an old-school, dog-leg transfer case for the 4WD. Then again, the electronic switch gives the dash a new-school feel.

Bidding is currently at $8,200 with 16 people vying for ownership. There’s four days left on the auction, so the price will surely rise a considerable amount. A quick search on KBB.com shows the truck’s private party value at $14,448, so expect bidding to hit at least $15,000 before time runs out. Be sure to check out the original Ebay listing here.

Continue reading for more details

Read more
Ford Demonstrates Roll Stability Control on 2017 Super Duty

Ford Demonstrates Roll Stability Control on 2017 Super Duty

Emergency maneuvers don’t have to be so scary

Ford is working hard to prepare the 2017 Super Duty for production. That includes ensuring it can safely handle any load placed on its hitch or within its cargo bed. For this test, Ford built a jig that simulates the weight and size of a slide-in camper. With the heavy steel structure in place, testing engineers hit the slalom course to fine tune the Super Duty’s Roll Stability Control software.

The system uses 10 sensors that monitor the vehicle’s stability up to 10 times per second. If instability is detected from a panic maneuver or just approaching a curve with too much speed, the system activates individual brakes to help contain the truck’s unwanted and unsafe movements.

These tests are taking place at Ford’s Arizona Proving Grounds on a skidpad. The testing mule is equipped with roll-prevention bars that keep the truck upright, even if the driver loses control.

Ford has not announced the Super Duty’s towing and payload specifications, but we’d bet both specs will increase. Towing, especially with the F-350, should now compete with the 30,000-pound towing capacity on the Ram 3500 HD. It’s with immensely heavy loads like these that electronic aids like Roll Stability Control make driving a less stressful event.

Read more
2017 Ford Super Duty Testing with Portable Mountains

2017 Ford Super Duty Testing with Portable Mountains

Engineers use towing dyno trailer to simulate hill climbs

Ford engineers have developed a new testing platform for evaluating the towing abilities of the new 2017 Super Duty. The engineers took the idea of a dynamometer sled to the max, building a larger and more powerful version that creates 5,620 pounds of resistance behind the truck. That’s an increase of 181 percent over Ford’s previous dyno sled.

What’s the purpose? Well engineers can simulate driving up steep mountain grades, all from the oval track at Ford’s Arizona Proving Grounds. This not only saves time and money with traveling, but also provides a closed, non-changing environment in which to test with.

The dyno sled uses a brake limited comprised of a series of electric coils wired together that are energized. The magnet-like function the coils provide mimic the effects of gravity found when driving up an incline. What’s more, the dyno sled can be controlled remotely and programmed to provide the exact resistance measurements as found on real-world hill climbs, including Davis Dam and Townes Pass.

“Any test engineer in North America knows about Davis Dam,” said Jim Sumner, a Ford product development engineer. “It’s a demanding hill going from sea level to more than 3,000 feet in 11.2 miles, and is an ideal location to test towing capability. With this dyno, we can test the all-new Super Duty on that hill – but from right here on the level surface of our Arizona Proving Grounds.”

Astute trailer-towers will also know the Davis Dam from the Society of Automotive Engineers’ towing standards. Called J2807, the testing regiment covers everything from a truck’s frame strength to its ability to properly cool its engine while climbing the seven-percent grade. If a truck’s tow rating is J2807 certified, customers can know that truck has been independently tested by the SAE to pull that weight. Impressive tow ratings are no longer marketing hype.

Continue reading for the full story.

Read more
Roadkill Buys & Roadtrips Old-School Wrecker: Video

Roadkill Buys & Roadtrips Old-School Wrecker: Video

A 1971 Ford F-350 that’s almost "too good" for Roadkill

The boys over at Motor Trend’s Roadkill YouTube video show went back to their roots of buying a vehicle sight-unseen and trying to drive it cross-country. The vehicle this time: a 1971 Ford F-350 with a 460 big-block V-8 and a homemade wrecker body. Sounds like fun, right?

Well the wrecker body wasn’t the only homemade item on the Ford. In fact, the engine and entire driveline had been swapped in by its former owner. See, the Ford F-350 wasn’t offered with 4WD in 1971, so a transfer case and front axle was added. The 460 cubic-inch V-8 was also dropped in for extra pulling power. Add on the front push bumper, wrecker body, and hand-painted business signage, and this sucker is a poster child for 20th century ingenuity.

I won’t spoil the episode’s fun, but David Freiburger and Mike Finnegan plan to buy the Ford, which they name Harry after its previous owner, in Colorado, then drive to Arizona to pick up a previous project truck. Once hooked up, the destination was Southern California.

Will the boys make Cali, or will something go wrong? This is Roadkill, so something is bound to happen, right? Click over to full screen, crank the volume, and enjoy the 27-minute-long show.

Read more
2017 Ford Super Duty Offers Trailer Reverse Guidance

2017 Ford Super Duty Offers Trailer Reverse Guidance

Seven cameras make trailer-backing a no-stress task

The 2017 Super Duty’s optional Trailer Reverse Guidance system has enough cameras to make the NSA jealous. In total, seven wide-angle cameras cover the heavy-duty pickup and work both with Ford’s 360-degree parking system and its new trailer backing system. It’s all in an effort to make the Super Duty easier to use.

Ford is the first to offer such an extensive camera system from the factory on a heavy-duty truck. The automaker even has two pending U.S. patents on the technology. That isn’t stopping the competition, however, as Chevrolet just announced its dealer-installed camera system that works in much the same way. Though Chevy’s version isn’t offered from the factory, owners of 2014 or newer trucks can have the cameras installed.

The competition aside, Ford’s Trailer Reverse Guidance system works by using camera mounted under the rearview mirrors, on the tailgate, on the center high-mounted brake light, on the front grille, and a movable camera that attaches to the rear of the trailer.

The driver can switch between the views, or have a compiled overview shot of the truck. During a reversing maneuver, the two side-view cameras shift their view of the trailer as its angle changes, while the tailgate camera coaches the driver with guidance lines superimposed above the trailer tongue. Owners of Crew Cab Super Duties will appreciate the center high-mount brake light-mounted camera when hooking up a fifth-wheel or gooseneck trailer. The camera provides an unobstructed view of the bed. It’s also handy for keeping tabs on cargo.

The camera system also provides dynamic warnings if the trailer angle becomes too narrow, risking a jackknife situation. There’s even a steering wheel icon that indicates which direction to turn the wheel for reversing in a straight line.

Be sure to check out the video for a detailed look at Ford’s Trailer Reverse Guidance system in action.

Continue reading for the full story.

Read more
2017 Ford F-Series Super Duty Chassis Cab

2017 Ford F-Series Super Duty Chassis Cab

Ford adds more capability and power to these work-ready trucks

The2017 Ford Super Duty’s work-ready, vocational version recently debuted at the 2016 Work Truck Show in Indianapolis. The new Super Duty Chassis Cab sits atop the standard Super Duty truck line, acting as the base for aftermarket add-ons like dump beds, utility beds, wrecker service beds. The Chassis Cab option is offered on F-350 through F-550 platforms.

Ford has improved the Super Duty Chassis Cab to have best-in-class capabilities that outmatch even the mighty Ram 5500 HD. The front axle, for instance, now has a maximum gross axle weight rating of 7,500 pounds. That’s 250 pounds more than the nearest competitor. The additional weight capacity allows the Super Duty to carry heavier loads up front, like snowplows, utility buckets, and ambulance bodies.

What’s more, the trucks overall weight rating, called the gross combined weight rating, is now at 40,000 pounds. This includes the weight of the truck, its cargo and passengers, and trailer weight. Ford is quick to point out that GCWR of 40,000 pounds is half of that of an 18-wheeler. These are indeed big numbers.

The Super Duty Chassis Cab carries nearly all the updates and improvements as the standard F-250, F-350, and F-450 Super Duty pickups available to general consumers. That includes the all-aluminum body structure with a new appearance and a cabin that mimics the F-150’s interior. There are, however, a number of differences that make the Chassis Cab unique.

Obviously, the lack of a conventional cargo bed is the most noticeable. Second, the Chassis Cab’s frame is different. While it is formed from high-strength steel, only the front portion is fully boxed. The rear frame section past the cab is a C-channel, allowing for easy up-fits of aftermarket bed systems. Still, the fame is said to be eight times more ridged than before.

Perhaps the biggest difference, however, is the power ratings from the 6.7-liter Power Stroke. The turbodiesel V-8 is de-tuned to 330 horsepower and 750 pound-feet of torque. While this is a drastic drop from the conventional Super Duty’s 440 horsepower and 860 pound-feet, it does allow for a longer service life. Ford claims the engine can go 500,000 miles before its first major rebuild. That’s fantastic news for fleet operators. Despite the de-tune, the commercial-grade Power Stroke still gets a bump in power over the previous Super Duty Chassis Cab. The version in the 2017 Super Duty has 30 horsepower and 90 pound-feet of torque more than in the 2016 model year.

All these improvements help make the Ford Super Duty Chassis Cab a more competitive truck in the commercial sector as business owners look to smartly invest in worthwhile equipment.

Continue reading for the full story.

Read more
Ford Torture Testing 2017 Super Duty in Mobile Lab: Video

Ford Torture Testing 2017 Super Duty in Mobile Lab: Video

Pre-production trucks get the shakedown outside assembly plant

The time between a vehicle’s debut and its arrival in showrooms hosts several important parts in its development. It’s during this time that bugs are worked out, nit-picky flaws are ironed out, and initial concerns are addressed. For the 2017 Ford Super Duty, that means a barrage of testing with Ford’s pair of mobile testing labs.

The labs, basically 18-wheeler trailers with built-in equipment and expandable walls, give engineers the ability to test the pre-production Super Duty trucks as they roll off the line. The two test rigs, called the TEFP and TIPSTER, short for Transportable Environmental four poster and Transportable Instrument panel sound testing Evaluation Rig, torture-test the trucks looking for squeaks and rattles.

The TEFP is a hellish place for the truck. Not only does it shake the truck like its traveling down a dirt road, it can recreate temperatures from -20 degrees to +120 degrees Fahrenheit. As for the TIPSTER, engineers use it to test full instrument panels for squeaks and rattles. After all, there are few things more annoying than a squeaking dashboard.

“Both the TEFP and TIPSTER allow us to test and identify the root causes of squeaks and rattles in a controlled environment, whether its in the hot sun of Arizona or the frigid temperatures in Canada,” says Dave Massengill, Ford’s PVT Squeak and Rattle Engineer at the Kentucky Truck Plant.

Ford is obviously putting a lot of effort into the upcoming Super Duty – something that’s not hard to believe since it, along with the F-150, make up Ford’s best selling products. The F-Series trucks have also dominated the full-size truck segment in terms of sales, going on nearly 40 years. Ford literally can’t afford to make mistakes with these trucks.

Continue reading for more information

Read more
The EarthRoamer XV-LTS is ready for the Zombiepocalypse

The EarthRoamer XV-LTS is ready for the Zombiepocalypse

The ultimate off-road RV for off-grid living

The variety of vehicles found at any given Cars & Coffee event can be astounding. That’s exactly what our friend Roman at TFL Truck discovered when he found the EarthRoamer XV-LTS at his local meet.

EarthRoamer, a Colorado-based company, upfits Ford Super Duty trucks with composite camper shells that are self-sufficient mobile living quarters, custom built to the buyer’s specifications. As the video walk-through shows, the EarthRoamer is surprisingly spacious, even for our six-foot-something host. Everything has a dedicated spot, with absolutely no wasted space. The bathroom, for example, combines the shower and toilet into a small room, just large enough for one person. The utility factor isn’t lost, though, as the kitchen has full assortment of cooking equipment, including a sink, two-eye glass-top stove, a Keurig coffee maker, and a refrigerator.

The living quarters includes a four-person couch that folds into a bed for two. The “master suite” above the truck’s cab has a queen-size bed, TV, and skylights. An open pass-through from the camper to the cab allows for passengers utilize the camper functions while underway. What’s more, with the additional fuel tank, the Super Duty has a 1,000-mile range. Talk about a road trip vehicle.

Speaking of the Super Duty, this particular model is built on a F-550 chassis, complete with the 6.7-liter Power Stroke turbodiesel V-8, six-speed automatic transmission, and 4WD system. The truck’s suspension is modified with an air-ride kit that not only smoothes out bumps, but allows for variable height adjustment and leveling for campsite set-up.

Of course, none of this comes cheap. The EarthRoamer rep says the price for this particular example is $475,000. But enough of the introductions, check out the video to see the EarthRoamer in action.

Read more
Ford Planning Hybrid F-Series By 2020

Ford Planning Hybrid F-Series By 2020

Ford’s long-term plans for the F-Series apparently include a hybrid drivetrain. In a December 14th interview with NPR’s Ali Shapiro, Ford’s CEO Mark Fields confirmed the automaker is working on a hybrid F-Series.

“Well, we do have plans to have a rear-wheel drive hybrid truck but the end of the decade. So yes, we’re working on electrified F-series.”

The topic came up when Fields was asked about the disparity between sales of its conventional hybrid vehicles like the Fusion and C-Max, and the more traditional F-Series, Fields added to Shapiro’s question by saying, “[Hybrids] only represent around 2.5 percent of the total industry.” He continued in saying that as the percentage of hybrid sales grows, Ford will have positioned itself to respond.

The remainder of the short interview went on to discus Ford’s overall business and environmental sustainability, and the balance of both in the light of climate change. It’s easy to see how a hybrid F-Series would tie into both areas, as the F-Series (the F-150 through the F-450) is Ford’s number one product and how creating a hybrid version would help lower the automaker’s overall CAFÉ numbers.

Environmental aspects aside, Field’s promise for a hybrid F-Series by the end of the decade is big news. The automaker has already taken steps to improve the F-Series’ fuel economy. Lightweight aluminum bodies for both the F-150 and upcoming Super Duty mean reduced fuel consumption. Turbocharged, smaller-displacement engines in the F-150 further reduce consumption. Moving to a hybrid drivetrain is a logical next step.

From Field’s comments, Ford will only produce a 2WD hybrid truck, helping it get the best possible fuel economy. Whether or not such a truck will be a commercial success is yet to be seen.

Continue reading for the full story

Read more
Ford Investing $1,3 Billion in Kentucky Truck Plant; Creates 2,000 Jobs

Ford Investing $1,3 Billion in Kentucky Truck Plant; Creates 2,000 Jobs

Ford is making serious preparations for its upcoming 2017 Super Duty pickup. The automaker has announced its Louisville, Kentucky Truck Plant – home of the Super Duty pickup – will receive $1.3 billion in retrofits while simultaneously creating some 2,000 new jobs.

The sizeable investment will bring a new body shop, assembly line tooling, and general facility upgrades to the plant in preparation for the all-new, aluminum-bodied trucks. The Kentucky Truck Plant is responsible for the F-250, F-350, F-450, and F-550, along with the Super Duty chassis cabs, Ford Expedition, and Lincoln Navigator.

“Adding new jobs and more investment at Kentucky Truck Plant not only secures a solid foundation for our UAW members, but also strengthens the communities in which they live, work and play,” said Jimmy Settles, UAW vice president, National Ford Department.

Ford is quick to point out its past investments into the Truck Plant and the surrounding Louisville area. In 2014, Ford poured some $80 million into the Truck Plant for upgrades in order to meet an influx of demand. Across town at the Louisville Lincoln plant, Ford invested $129 million to support production of the Lincoln MKC. All told, more than $1.5 billion have been invested in the local area since 2013.

The upcoming 2017 Super Duty is slated to arrive at dealerships by late 2016 and will come equipped with a familiar set of powertrain options, while using an all-aluminum body and interior finishing very similar to those in the current F-150.

Continue reading for more information.

Read more
2017 Ford Super Duty

2017 Ford Super Duty

Since 1998, the Super Duty has lead Ford’s truck segment in towing, payload, and sheer power. That original design, with its vertical door handles, rectangular grille, and sloping window slots, have remained almost unchanged. Unlike the competition, the Super Duty wore different bodywork and interior as compare to the half-ton offering. In Ford’s case, it was the F-150.

Read more
2017 Ford Super Duty

2017 Ford Super Duty

Ford stakes claim as King of The Hill

Since 1998, the Super Duty has lead Ford’s truck segment in towing, payload, and sheer power. That original design, with its vertical door handles, rectangular grille, and sloping window slots, have remained almost unchanged. Unlike the competition, the Super Duty wore different bodywork and interior as compare to the half-ton offering. In Ford’s case, it was the F-150.

However, that’s all about to change. All-new for the 2017 model year, the Ford Super Duty takes after its F-150 little brother’s cab section while still wearing different sheet metal. Well, at least the sheet metal is shaped differently. The 2017 Super Duty has adopted the 2015 Ford F-150’s all-aluminum body in an effort to cut weight.

Also like the F-150, the Super Duty uses an all-new frame constructed out of 95 percent high-strength steel. The backbone is fully boxed like the F-150’s and is said to be up to 24 percent stiffer than the previous Super Duty’s fully C-channeled frame.

Though no regular truck guy will gloat about how light his heavy-duty truck is, Ford says the new Super Duty is up to 350 pounds lighter than before. Of course, that’s thanks to the aluminum body and high-strength steel frame.

The 2017 Super Duty is a large departure from the one it replaces, not only in design, but also in technology. Keep reading for all the details.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2017 Ford Super Duty.

Read more
Watch Live: 2017 Ford Super Duty Debut

Watch Live: 2017 Ford Super Duty Debut

Ford is debuting its next-generation Super Duty pickup truck at the Texas State Fare. All-new for 2017, the Super Duty shares the F-150’s aluminum skin and much of its interior. The truck now has a stronger frame constructed form high-strength steel that gives it more rigidity.

We will be bringing you all the important details once Ford has released everything. But in the mean time, you can watch the unveiling live on Ford’s YouTube channel (here).

Read more
Watch Live: 2017 Ford Super Duty Debut

Watch Live: 2017 Ford Super Duty Debut

Ford is debuting its next-generation Super Duty pickup truck at the Texas State Fair. All-new for 2017, the Super Duty shares the F-150’s aluminum skin and much of its interior. The truck now has a stronger frame constructed form high-strength steel that gives it more rigidity.

We will be bringing you all the important details once Ford has released everything. But in the mean time, you can watch the unveiling live on Ford’s YouTube channel (here).

Read more
2016 Ford F-650, F-750 Trucks Begin US Production

2016 Ford F-650, F-750 Trucks Begin US Production

Commercial vehicles may not grab the headlines like sexy sports cars or high-volume crossovers, but they are the lifeblood of our economy, shuttling people and products from sea to shining sea. The 2016 Ford F-650 and F-750 doubles down in this regard by its recent production shift from Mexico to the Ohio Assembly Plant in Avon Lake, Ohio, which just started cranking out the latest version of Ford’s medium-duty truck.

Like Ford’s F-Series pickup line, customers shopping the F-650 and F-750 will have plenty of options, whether they’re looking for a dump truck, tow truck, tractor trailer or just about any other kind of truck. These trucks will allow customers to choose from a wide variety of build combinations, including three cab choices, three frame designs and two engines in six available configurations.

The engine lineup consists of a base 6.8-liter V-10 – the only gas engine available in the medium-duty truck market – that produces 320 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque, and this engine can also be upfitted to run on compressed natural gas (CNG) or propane. Then there’s the 6.7-liter Power Stroke diesel V-8, which will offer three different power ratings, ranging from 270 horsepower and 675 pound-feet of torque up to 330 horsepower and 725 pound-feet of torque.

Pricing for F-650/F-750 lineup starts at $60,135 up to $75,405.

Continue reading for the full story.

Read more
2016 Ford F-650/F-750 Medium Duty Trucks

2016 Ford F-650/F-750 Medium Duty Trucks

Ford has been offering a true medium duty commercial truck since 1980 with the F-600, F-700, and F-800. Over the last 35 years, plenty has changed about the trucks, including different joint ventures with other commercial truckmakers and various contracts with engine and transmission suppliers. Well that trend continues with the all-new 2016 F-650 and F-750 trucks, but Ford is now leaving the joint ventures and partnerships behind.

The new F-650 and F-750 are all Ford – even down to the powertrain. Gone is the Cummins 6.7-liter inline-six ISB turbodiesel and Allison automatic transmission, replaced by Ford’s own 6.7-liter V-8 Power Stroke turbodiesel and six-speed automatic gear box.

Ford is also touting a more driver-friendly cab, thanks to the Power Stroke’s quieter operation over the outgoing powerplant, and an upgraded warranty that boosts its position in the industry.

Aside from the mechanical bits, the new F-650 and F-750 boast a new exterior design that moves the trucks into the current decade and mirrors some of the cues found on the F-250 through F-550 Super Duty trucks. Even the interiors match that of the smaller trucks.

Ford’s improvements to its medium duty trucks come just in time, as rumors swirl around General Motors possibly announcing a partnership with Navistar International – Ford’s most recently divorced partner – to re-enter the medium duty truck market. Though there haven’t been formal announcements as of this writing, GM would likely re-enter the market with its Chevy Kodiak and GMC TopKick trucks brands.

So let’s see what Ford has worked up with its new 2016 F-650 and F-750 Super Duty.

Continue reading for the full review

Read more
2015 - 2016 Hennessey VelociRaptor SUV

2015 - 2016 Hennessey VelociRaptor SUV

Leave it to Hennessey to build the biggest and baddest aftermarket machines. Say hello to its latest version of the VelociRaptor. Though the tuning house has made its VelociRaptor SUV in the past, it was based on the Ford F-150 Raptor, hence the name. This example, however, is based on the F-250 Super Duty.

Hennessey doesn’t leave many stock parts on this beast – everything from the C-pillar back is custom built, while the Super Duty’s suspension is completely reworked with high-performance off-road parts. High-strength steel bumpers front and rear bookend the project with a Warn winch at the front and a Class V receiver hitch at the back.

Essentially, this is a brand-new 2015 Ford Excursion on steroids.

Since Ford stopped producing the three-quarter ton Excursion in 2005, the Expedition has been Ford’s only body-on-frame SUV. For those customers needing the extra pulling capacity and three rows of seating, the 2500-series Suburban and Yukon XL were the only choices – that is until GM cut production of those as well.

But now, if you’ve got six months to wait for construction and $159,500 to spend, Hennessey will make this hyped-up Excursion for you.

Beyond the body and suspension changes, the F-250’s 6.2-liter V-8 gets the option of a supercharger, allowing the engine to produce either 600 or 650 horsepower, depending on which package is ordered. For those torque fiends, Hennessey will build the VelociRaptor around a Power Stroke-equipped F-250. The mighty turbodiesel kicks out 440 horsepower and 880 pound-feet of torque.

It might be expensive, but the Hennessey’s new version of the VelociRaptor is one bad beast.

Continue reading to learn more about the Hennessey VelociRaptor SUV.

Read more
Next Ford Super Duty Will Be Offered With Most Advanced Camera Yet

Next Ford Super Duty Will Be Offered With Most Advanced Camera Yet

Heavy Duty trucks can be a challenge to drive in tight confines, so to help reduce the inherent risks, Ford has announced it will include its Split View camera system on the next generation Super Duty. The system includes a whopping seven separate cameras that face nearly every direct around the truck, with each feeding live video into the trucks infotainment system.

The Split View camera system is already in place in the 2015 Ford Edge and 2016 Explorer, but will soon make its appearance in many more Ford products. The system works by offering the driver an unprecedented 180-degree view of the areas in front of and behind the vehicle. Such a feature allows the driver to view oncoming traffic from around a corner or from around a line of parked cars.

The main front-facing camera gets a small telescopic washer jet that keeps dirt and bugs off the lens. Some vehicles will also include a rear washer system, though Ford hasn’t announced if the Super Duty will get the extra feature. Each camera offers a 1-megapixel, wide-angle view and is sealed against the elements in a watertight casing.

The system will work at speeds up to six mph and can be activated by a button. What’s more, the next-generation Super Duty will come with Lane Keeping Assist that also utilizes the camera system. The Super Duty, anticipated for the 2017 model year, is also expected to get Pro Trailer Backup Assist, a feature recently introduced for the 2016 model year F-150.

Pro Trailer allows the driver to steer the truck in reverse when connected to a trailer by turning a dash-mounted knob. The knob is turned in the same direction that the driver wants the trailer to go, eliminating the counterintuitive steering movements needed to back a trailer.

Continue reading for the full story.

Read more
Earthroamer XVLT Doesn't Need Roads For Camping

Earthroamer XVLT Doesn’t Need Roads For Camping

Meet the Earthroamer XVLT, the baddest RV on the planet. If Rambo and McGyver came together to build a camping rig, this would be it. The XVLT is built off a Ford F-550 Super Duty Chassis Cab and is powered by the mighty 6.7-liter Power Stroke V-8. With 400 horsepower and a globe-twisting 800 pound-feet of torque, the turbodiesel doesn’t care how much weight it has to lug up mountains.

Earthroamer has been manufacturing off-road campers for decades, and the XVLT doesn’t let lose of the legacy. The stock Ford suspension is ditched in favor of a heavy-duty air suspension system with two bags up front, along with four bags out back that replace the rear leaf spring setup. The F-550’s six tires are replaced by four military-grade Continental tires and beadlock wheels.

At the Super Duty’s front, Earthroamer adds a massive bumper fitted with an array of on- and off-road lighting and a winch rated for 16,500 pounds. At the other business end, a second winch with an identical rating is mounted above the 12,500-pound-rated trailer hitch receiver. Swing-away cargo boxes add storage or cooking options. Pull the lever and the boxes reveal additional storage integrated into the custom-built camper shell.

The Earthroamer XVLT is all about exploration off the grid. It contains a massive battery pack that powers everything on the inside. The bank is recharged by roof-mounted solar panels during the day, along with the alternator when the engine is running. Self-contained fresh, gray, and black water boxes keep everything in its place while an additional 50-gallon fuel tank gives the XVLT a 90-gallon diesel fuel capacity.

Of course, that’s just the outside. Keep reading for more on the Earthroamer XVLT

Continue for more information

Read more
Next-Gen Ford Super Duty Pushed to 2017 as 2016 Model Gets LED Warning Lights

Next-Gen Ford Super Duty Pushed to 2017 as 2016 Model Gets LED Warning Lights

Ford has just announced its newest addition to the Super Duty lineup – factory-installed LED warning lights – and in doing so, has confirmed it will be another year before the next-generation Super Duty makes production.

Read more
Next-Gen Ford Super Duty Pushed to 2017 as 2016 Model Gets LED Warning Lights

Next-Gen Ford Super Duty Pushed to 2017 as 2016 Model Gets LED Warning Lights

Ford has just announced its newest addition to the Super Duty lineup – factory-installed LED warning lights – and in doing so, has confirmed it will be another year before the next-generation Super Duty makes production.

Though the lights are the main story here, the fact Ford has announced them for the 2016 model year nearly confirms 2017 will likely be the year the automaker rolls out the updated heavy duty truck. Rumored to have an all-aluminum body like the 2015 F-150, the new Super Duty should be lighter yet stronger. It’s interior is also rumored to take heavy influences from the F-150, ending the reign of separately styled dashboards.

But back to the lights. Ford says the factory option is designed for folks like contractors or road construction crews that need added visibility. A total of four LED light pods are mounted to the truck and professionally wired to the interior. Trucks equipped with the optional Upfitter Switch kit will utilize the number three switch for the strobe lights. Those without the Upfitter Switch will have a stand-alone switch installed.

The lights are all mounted without adhesives, and more importantly, without drilling – helping prevent corrosion. The hood-mounted lights utilize a bracket system that clips onto the trailing edge of the hood. The rear lights are mounted with the same fasteners that hold the high-mount third brake light on, but with longer screws that accommodate for the added thickness of the bracketry.

Ford says the lights can be seen from 1,000 feet during the day and up to a mile away at night. Unfortunately for police and fire departments, Ford is only offering the lights in amber, with no other color options at this time.

Read more
2016 Ford F-750 Tonka

2016 Ford F-750 Tonka

Big trucks and childhood playtime have gone hand in hand for the last 75 years or so, and Ford and toymaker Tonka have been major players in both arenas for a majority of that time. In the latest continuation, Ford has unveiled the newest version of its medium duty trucks, the all-new 2016 F-650 and F-750.

Read more
2016 Ford F-750 Tonka

2016 Ford F-750 Tonka

Big trucks and childhood playtime have gone hand in hand for the last 75 years or so, and Ford and toymaker Tonka have been major players in both arenas for a majority of that time. In the latest continuation, Ford has unveiled the newest version of its medium duty trucks, the all-new 2016 F-650 and F-750. This Tonka version made its debut at the NTEA Work Truck show to introduce Ford’s commercial trucks with a splash.

Though the F-750 can be outfitted any number of ways, this show truck embraces the Tonka heritage with a dump bed. Capable of hauling 17,000 pounds of material, then dumping thanks to hydraulic lifts, the bed makes the F-750 a truly capable dump truck.

The truck is set to tour the U.S., going to major work truck, commercial, and vocational trade shows throughout 2015.

Continue reading to learn more about the Ford F-750 Tonka.

Read more
2015 Ford F-150 Gets Snow Plow Prep Option

2015 Ford F-150 Gets Snow Plow Prep Option

Ford has announced its new 2015 F-150 is getting a factory-optional snow plow prep package. The timing couldn’t be more perfect as most of the country is dealing with record-breaking temperatures and crazy amounts of snowfall. Now owners of the new aluminum-bodied F-150 can join the fight against accumulation with the professionals.

Normally reserved for heavy duty-series trucks like the Super Duty, pushing a snow plow is no easy task. The heavy blade contacting thick snow puts an exorbitant amount of stress on the truck’s frame. Thanks to Ford’s upgraded high-strength steel frame that’s new for 2015, the truck can take the abuse.

The snow plow prep package is offered on all three cab configurations, but must be combined with the 5.0-liter V-8. Ford says the EcoBoost engines’ intercoolers would suffer from restricted airflow behind the plow. Surprisingly the option only costs an additional $50 and includes a dedicated slow plow button on the dashboard and extra wiring under the dash. This makes the truck ready for a third party snow plow company to install their product.

Interestingly enough, the package necessitates the deletion of heated seats. Engineers say the added electrical load of the snow plow means something else had to go. Too bad it had to be a comfort item. Regardless, the added capability is a welcomed one to the F-150’s repertoire.

Click ’Continue Reading’ for more about the 2015 Ford F-150.

Read more
Ford Revell SnapTite - A Raptor Suitable for Your Kid

Ford Revell SnapTite - A Raptor Suitable for Your Kid

Ford unveiled the latest edition of its street-legal trophy truck on Monday, and it’s put together in a way that’ll make a full-grown adult giddy. The 2017 Raptor is the kind of off-roader that you think about when you’re bored in history class (or a staff meeting), with its big, chunky tires, towering suspension, and a turbo V-6 that can churn the roughest terra into finely ground dust.

Now, kids who happen to be in Detroit for the North American International Auto Show can stop by the blue oval booth for a chance to snag their very own collectible Raptor model. Thanks to a partnership with scale-plastic model-maker Revell, Ford is handing out the kits for free through January 25th.

This 20-piece, limited-edition toy is a surefire memory-maker for any youngster eager to see Ford’s new truck in the metal.

No word yet on how Ford will determine who gets their hands on this giveaway, so your best bet is arrive early. Use our Detroit Auto Show Preview to help plan your visit. Can’t make it to Motor City, but still want your very own model Raptor? You’ll have to wait for it to go on sale in June 2015. Better start saving that allowance money.

Click past the jump to read more about the Ford F-150 Raptor.

Read more
2017 Ford Raptor Breaks Cover in Detroit

2017 Ford Raptor Breaks Cover in Detroit

On the same day the 2015 Ford F-150 was announced as the 2015 North American Truck of the Year, Ford showed that has no intentions of letting off the throttle. Well ahead of its debut in the fall of 2016, Ford has officially taken the wraps off the 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor (note the lacking SVT affiliation) giving off-road enthusiasts something to fantasize about for the next year and a half.

Like the 2010 to 2014 Raptor, the 2017 Raptor will be easy to spot with its distinctive stance, which is a result of the wider track that stretches the body by six inches compared to a 2015 F-150. The Raptor’s signature “FORD” grille is front and center on this truck as are elements such as unique LED lights and exclusive 17-inch wheels wrapped in BFGoodrich All-Terrain KO2 rubber.

Replacing the powerful but thirsty 6.2-liter V-8, the 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor will be powered exclusively by a retuned version of the F-150’s 3.5-liter, EcoBoost V-6. In its current stock form, this engine is rated at 365 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque, but Ford promises this engine has been retuned to deliver more power than the 6.2-liter V-8 used in the first-gen Raptor, which produced 411 horsepower and 434 pound-feet of torque. Ford is keeping the official output under wraps for now, but some of that added power could have come through the new dual exhaust system.

Keeping with the credos of the 2015 F-150, the next-gen Raptor will also be lighter and more efficient than the truck it replaces. Curb weight is down a whopping 500 pounds compared to the current Raptor, and while Ford has not specified fuel economy, it will likely get a decent boost thanks the use of Ford’s upcoming 10-speed automatic transmission.

Making its off-road performance truck even better, Ford has equipped the 2017 Raptor with larger Fox Racing Shox that increases suspension travel even more than the current truck’s amazing 12 inches of wheel travel. Want more? There’s an available Torsen front differential as well as Ford’s Terrain Management System, which includes your typical sand, mud, rock and snow modes but also gets a unique Raptor tune to include Street and Baja modes. On top of all of this, the next Raptor will get an advanced camera system that Ford says will improve visibility day or night.

We still have some time before the new Raptor is upon us, but it will definitely be even more fun to drive.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2017 Ford Raptor.

Read more
Ford Launches F-150 Marketing Campaign

Ford Launches F-150 Marketing Campaign

Starting 2015 in full throttle, Ford has decided to kick off its "most comprehensive truck marketing campaign ever," in order to promote the hell out of the all-new 2015 F-150. For over three decades the best-selling car and over 40 years the best-selling pick-up truck in the United States, you would think that top Ford product wouldn’t need such a big fuss in terms of marketing, but apparently Ford thinks otherwise.

The campaign will launch with both TV commercials, aired during the college football playoffs, and a host of online shows on ESPN’s "Sport Science." "Like the 2015 Ford F-150, Ford’s truck customers have become even smarter about how they do their jobs and how they shop for their next truck," commented Chantel Lenard, Ford director, U.S. Marketing. "To meet their information-gathering needs, Ford will gain their attention during commuting and off-hours while providing on-demand digital and mobile content that answers their questions 24/7."

Unlike other previous marketing campaigns from Ford, the new F-150 one will be available on a rather motley variety of communication platforms, reaching everything from football to professional bull riding, country music and smartphones. In other words, that is where Ford thinks that most F-150 owners can be reached. The first three 2015 Ford F-150 TV commercials made their debut on New Year’s Eve, while the rest of the campaign will continue during the first week of 2015.

Click past the jump to read more about the Ford F-150.

Read more