2015 Ford F-Series Super Duty
Today, Ford released the 2015 F-Series Super Duty at the State Fair of Texas — company’s preferred place to reveal its trucks. For 2015, the F-Series Super Duty models receive the second-generation 6.7-liter, Power Stroke V-8 turbo-diesel engine, an updated F-450 that now delivers more towing power than ever and a restyled King Ranch edition.
The second-generation Power Stroke V-8 engine was updated with a new GT37 turbocharger and Ford combined it with a TorqShift, six-speed transmission that uses an uprated torque converter to handle the extra power and torque.
For updated the F-450 with new wheels, a strengthened frame and improved suspension. All these changes help it to deliver an increased towing capacity, but Ford chose to remain coy on the official towing numbers.
As for the King Ranch edition, Ford updated the exterior and interior in an attempt to allow it to remain one of the most luxurious trucks on the market.
Click past the jump to read more about the standard 2015 Ford F-Series Super Duty.
2015 Ford F-Series Super Duty
Horsepower @ RPM:385 (Est.)
Torque @ RPM:405 (Est.)
Displacement:6.2 L (Est.)
0-60 time:8.5 sec. (Est.)
Top Speed:120 mph (Est.)
For 2015, Ford focused on updating the Super Duty’s powertrain, so the exterior remains nearly unchanged. The grille comes in chrome for almost the entire lineup, and it will feature the usual Ford oval right in the middle. There is also a "Super Duty" logo stamped on the upper grille, while the hood has the usual prominent inverted power dome.
2015 Ford F-Series Heavy Duty - Exterior Dimensions (Based on 2014)
|Regular Cab||Super Cab||Crew Cab|
|Length - overall||227.6"||232.4"||248.6"||246.8"||263.0"|
|Length - front bumper to back of cab||118.9"||139.8"||139.8"||154.2"||154.2"|
|Height - F-250 SRW (w/o options)||76.6"/79.2"||77.0"/79.5"||76.9"/79.3"||77.4"/79.7"||77.3"/79.8"|
|Height - F-350 SRW (w/o options)||76.5"/80.0"||76.9"/80.4"||76.7"/80.2"||77.2"/80.8"||77.2"/80.8"|
|Height - F-350 DRW (w/o options)||76.7"/79.5"||-||76.9"/79.7"||-||77.3"/79.9"|
|Height - F-450 DRW (w/o options)||-||-||-||-||79.7"|
|Width - SRW without mirrors||79.9"||79.9"||79.9"||79.9"||79.9"|
|Width - with standard mirrors||104.9"||104.9"||104.9"||104.9"||104.9"|
|Track - front - F-250 SRW||68.3"||68.3"||68.3"||68.3"||68.3"|
|Track - front - F-350 SRW||68.3"||68.3"||68.3"||68.3"||68.3"|
|Track - front - F-350 DRW||68.3"||-||68.3"||-||68.3"|
|Track - front - F-450 DRW||-||-||-||-||74.8"|
|Track - rear - F-250 SRW||67.2"||67.2"||67.2"||67.2"||67.2"|
|Track - rear - F-350 SRW||67.2"||67.2"||67.2"||67.2"||67.2"|
|Track - rear - F-350 DRW||74.7"||-||74.7"||-||74.7"|
|Track - rear - F-450 DRW||-||-||-||-||75.9|
No changes were announced for the interior, meaning that customers had better be happy with that they get right now, because it’s not changing.
The Super Duty models offer Ford’s Sync connectivity system that makes the ride more pleasant for both driver and front passenger. There are also lots of cup holders and storage nooks spread throughout the cabin that will considerably increase the functionality of the pickup.
Customers can choose between lots of materials, ranging from high-quality plastic to leather, but also lots of colors and accessories.
2015 Ford F-Series Heavy Duty - Interior Dimensions (Based on 2014):
|Regular Cab||Super Cab||Crew Cab|
|Volumes (cu. ft.)|
|Passenger - total||65.9||113.3||133.5|
|Passenger - second row||-||47.4||67.6|
|Cargo - behind first row||-||39.5||58.6|
Ford F-Series Super Duty King Ranch Edition
The new King Ranch edition is generally a more elegant version of the new F-Series Super Duty, with updates made to both the exterior and the interior for 2015.
Ford paid special attention to the interior, where it used special leather for the seat backs and center console. For the seats, center console lid, armrests and steering wheel, the company opted for a richer shade of Mesa leather trims.
For the exterior, Ford went with a new, darker Caribou paint for the wheel lip moldings, bumpers and lower body. This new exterior paint combines well with the black on the bed-rail caps, bumper caps and running boards. The model also comes with a set of exclusive wheels.
The 2015, Ford F-Series Super Duty has available a second-generation 6.7-liter, Power Stroke V-8 turbo-diesel engine equipped with a new GT37 turbocharger that replaces the previous GT32 version.
The new GT37 turbocharger features a single, larger 88 mm (3.46-inch) compressor wheel and not a dual-sided compressor design, as in the GT32. Also, the turbine size is increased from 64 mm (2.51 inches) to 72.5 mm (2.85 inches). As a result, the new V-8 engine delivers better output that the 400 horsepower and 800 pound-feet of torque that the 2014 variant of the 6.7-liter Power Stroke produces. Ford will release the official numbers as we near production.
The engine is mated to a 6R140 TorqShift® six-speed transmission that now uses a new torque converter to manage increased horsepower and torque
There is no mention of the base engine, but we say it is safe to assume that the base 6.2-liter. V-8 with 385 horsepower and 405 pound-feet of torque will carry over from 2014.
Suspension and Brakes
The 2015 F-450 — the top dog of the F-Series Super Duty lineup — offers the maximum towing and hauling capability.Ford updated the F-450 was with a strengthened frame, suspension, new commercial-grade 19.5-inch wheels and tires to help it out-muscle all of the competition.
Also in order to improve towing capacity Ford equipped the model with new rear leaf springs, front and rear stabilizer bars and shocks, stronger steering gears and steering linkages, and larger brakes.
Prices for the 2015 Ford F-Series Super Duty will be announced at a later date.
The 2014 Ram Heavy Duty is offered in 2500HD and 3500HD versions, and with a pair of available engines. Ford compares the F-Series Super Duty to the Ram 3500HD, but customers interested in the F-250 should also try the Ram 2500HD.
The most base engine in the Ram lineup is a new 6.4-liter, HEMI V-8 engine that delivers a total of 410 horsepower and 429 pound-feet of torque, but there is also a Cummins 6.7-liter, in-line-six turbo-diesel engine that delivers a total of 350 horsepower and 660 pound-feet of torque.
Prices for the 2014 Ram HD starts just below $30,000.
With no offense to Ram, if you want to buy a truck with incredible towing capacities you can either opt for a GMC Sierra or an F-Series. GMC’s truck is offered with a choice of two engines. The a base engine is a 6.0 liter, V-8 with an output of 360 horsepower and 380 pound-feet of torque, while the optional engine it a 6.6-liter, DuraMax Turbo-Diesel V-8 with an output of 397 horsepower and 765 pound-feet of torque.
Taking aim at the King Ranch is the GMC Sierra Denali HD, giving you luxury and plenty of power.
The best truck on the market just got even better, so watch out Ram GMC and Chevrolet. This year, Ford, Chevy and GMC all released their HD pickups at the same time, showing just how competitive they really are. Ram, on the other hand, still comes up a little short in the heavy-duty realm.