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2020 Ford F-250 Super Duty Baja Forged by LGE-CTS Motorsports

2020 Ford F-250 Super Duty Baja Forged by LGE-CTS Motorsports

This Super Duty is the Hulk of the truck world

One of the baddest and meanest trucks to have graced this year’s SEMA Show is this Ford F-250 Super Duty Baja Forged by LGE-CTS Motorsports, a California-based aftermarket company. There is nothing to not like about this truck. It looks vintage, it has the ‘Baja’ identity, and it has the old-school persona attached to it. The Baja Forged Super Duty is an all-in-one mobile command center, workshop, and campsite that will be utilized as a chase truck for the Baja Forged Ford Ranger that was launched by the company at last year’s SEMA Show. Such is the versatility of the truck that even Ford calls this the “Swiss army knife for the modern adventurer.” Need we say anything more about it?

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2020 Ford F-250 Super Duty STX

2020 Ford F-250 Super Duty STX

A well-priced package that makes the base trim look a lot more premium

Heard of the Ford F-Series? Okay, that’s a pretty stupid question to begin with. The F-Series has been a top-seller for decades. So, unless you live under the rock, you have definitely seen and heard about it. But, what about the Ford F-250 Super Duty STX? Now, this is not a variant of the truck. It is merely a package to make your truck look prettier. However, the STX package is one of the cheapest ones out there and is actually a value-for-money proposition.

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2020 Ford F-250 Black Ops by Tuscany

2020 Ford F-250 Black Ops by Tuscany

Spice up you F-250 with this stunning all-black edition!

Ford has been selling the F-Series for ages now and people love it. The fact that Ford keeps updating the lineup often is also what helps keep the sales volumes ticking. The F-Series is an extensive lineup with more than 20 variants on offer that caters to the needs of every truck buyer. Apart from this, Ford has also worked in collaboration with multiple tuners, and it even sells some of those trucks through its own dealerships. One of them is the special-edition Black Ops F-250 by Tuscany. This beast is based on the Ford F-250 and it looks stellar to say the least. As the name suggests, this truck is a tribute to the Black Op veterans, and for every Black Ops truck sold, Tuscany makes a donation to the Wounded Veterans Organizations - that’s something we can all get on board with!

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2020 Ford F-350 Super Duty King Ranch

2020 Ford F-350 Super Duty King Ranch

Is the King Ranch a forceful fit in the F-350 Super Duty lineup?

The ongoing paradigm shift towards SUVs and trucks has put a lot of pressure on automakers, especially the crown-bearer, Ford. Ford has literally been dominating the truck market for as long as one can remember. Its trucks used to be second to none, but that is changing now. With GMC and Ram stepping up their game and getting fierce with their own offerings, the Blue Oval has had to up the ante to continue sitting on the throne. The Ford Super Duty name is not just another marketing tactic; Ford has built this truck differently right from its core - the chassis. The distinct chassis allows for higher towing and payload capabilities. Although the Super Duty series looks very similar to the lighter trucks, they are built using high-strength, military-grade, aluminum alloy that shaves off a few hundred pounds while maintaining the structural integrity. Ford also made changes to make the Super Duty series more efficient by using stronger steel frame and chassis components.

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2020 Ford F-350 Super Duty Lariat

2020 Ford F-350 Super Duty Lariat

An all-rounded truck that neither stands out, nor disappoints

Ford trucks are second to none. Although they have been facing stiff competition from competitors like the Chevrolet Silverado, GMC Sierra, and Ram trucks, Ford is still by far the best seller in the market. The automaker sold over 900,000 examples of the F-Series in 2018. The Ford Super Duty lineup doesn’t look much different from the other F-Series trucks, but they are different in terms of the build. The Super Duty trucks are built using high-strength, military-grade, aluminum alloy that helps shave off a few hundred pounds while maintaining structural integrity. Ford also made changes to make the Super Duty series more efficient by using stronger steel frame and chassis components.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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2015 Ford F-150 Deegan 38 By Brian Deegan

2015 Ford F-150 Deegan 38 By Brian Deegan

Ford F-Series trucks have won a SEMA award in the past four years. That’s no small feat considering the level of competition it usually faces. But the popularity of the F-Series, specifically the F-150, at SEMA is completely legitimate. That’s why Ford, together with Motocross rider and Ford Racing member Brian Deegan, is bringing a heavily personalized 2015 F-150 to the 2014 SEMA Auto Show.

This particular F-150 goes by the name “Deegan 38”, which is a clear indication of Deegan’s heavy involvement in the project. The full specs surrounding the build have yet to be revealed, but according to Ford, Deegan enlisted a ton of industry heavyweights to participate in it.

Without going into detail, the F-150 Deegan 38 features contributions from Addictive Desert Designs, Mickey Thompson Performance Tires & Wheels, FOX Racing Shox, KC Hilites, and Mastercraft Safety.

Rockford Fosgate was also heavily involved, as well as Full-Race Motorsports, Leading Edge Tuning, ProEFI, and SCT Performance. Together, all these aftermarket shops had a hand in creating this monstrous F-150 Deegan 38.

Expect more details surrounding the F-150 Deegan 38 to arrive when the 2014 SEMA Auto Show opens its doors on November 4, 2014.

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2015 Ford F-150 Vaughn Gittin Jr. Street Truck

2015 Ford F-150 Vaughn Gittin Jr. Street Truck

Ford Motor Co. has always been an important part of the SEMA Show. Mustangs, Focus hatches and even Transit Connect vans have hit the show’s floor the past few years with various modifications. The Mustang is likely to return to this year’s event in its redesigned, 2015 form, and so is the F-150 pickup truck, which is as revolutionary as it gets. Ford’s new aluminum rig has already announced its presence in Las Vegas, where two different show trucks will demonstrate the vehicle’s tuning potential. One of them is the Vaughn Gittin Jr. Street Truck.

As you may have already guessed, the Street Truck was envisioned by Vaughn Gittin Jr. himself, a racing driver known for drifting Ford Mustangs in the most spectacular ways. While we already knew Gittin was a big fan of Ford’s muscle car, it seems the Maryland-born drifter is also passionate about trucks, and the F-150 in particular. The full details surrounding the Street Truck will be disclosed at the SEMA Show in November, but let’s have a closer look at what we already know about it.

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2015 Ford F-150

2015 Ford F-150

Ford has been selling the F-Series since 1948, but the F-150 model didn’t arrive until 1975, when Ford used it as a `tweener pickup to span the gap between the F-100 and F-250. When Ford rolled out the Atlas Concept at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show, we were pretty sure that the automaker was already hard at work overhauling the existing F-150 in its likeness. And for the 2015 model year, our suspicions are confirmed, as brand-new F-150, based on the Atlas concept, hit dealers.

With this redesign, Ford will focus on drastically reducing the F-150’s total weight by making use of lightweight aluminum materials. Under the hood, the model will carry a familiar line of engines with a new, 2.7-liter EcoBoost delivering awesome power and better fuel economy.

Updated 07/22/2014: Ford released the specifications figures for the F-150’s new 2.7-liter EcoBoost V-6 engine. Click past the jump for the details. A towing test video was also added.

Updated 07/29/2014: Ford released prices for the 2015 F-150, and they have suffered an increase of $395 to $3,515, depending on the trim level. (USA Today)

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