Ford F-150 and Super Duty Truck Features
The battle between Ford and Chevy trucks will always heat up around the new model year, and 2017 is no different. In the center of the ring is the 2017 Ford F-150 pickup truck, surrounded by the Ford Super Duty F-250 and F-350, and the F-150 Raptor is ready to tag in at any time. With many options and truck configurations, Ford’s trucks are durable, efficient and powerful, and this year the Ford Super Duty is the 2017 Motor Trend Truck of the Year. Let’s look at some of the highlights on Ford’s truck lineup, the Ford F-150, F-250, F-350, and F-150 Raptor.
All Ford trucks can be configured in a number of ways. Options typically include three cab sizes, three truck bed lengths, and a number of engine options.
- The cab sizes are a Regular (two-door) Cab, SuperCab (two standard doors and two half-rear doors), and a Crew Cab (four doors), with a SuperCrew cab available on the F-150.
- On the F-150, three truck bed lengths are available – 5.5 feet, 6.5 feet and 8 feet. Not all cabs can fit all truck beds though. On the F-250 and F-350, two other truck beds are available, depending on the cab – 6.75 feet and 8 feet.
- Five engines are available on the F-150, also dependent on the previous configurations. Two engines are available on the F-250 and F-350, with the F-150 Raptor having one from each model.
Depending on the configuration, a Ford F-150 can have all three truck beds (SuperCab) or only two-out-of-three options with the other cabs. Depending on these two, engine options will vary. There is the 2.7-liter V6 EcoBoost engine. It has a maximum payload of 2,210 pounds and a maximum towing capacity of 8,500 pounds. For a step up, there’s also a 282-horsepower 3.5-liter Ti-VCT V6 engine available, generating up to 253 lb-ft of torque. It has a maximum tow rating of 7,600 pounds.
Then there’s the 3.5-liter V6 EcoBoost High Output engine that generates 365-horsepower and 420 lb-ft of torque. It has a maximum tow rating of 12,200 pounds, and a payload of 2,910 pounds. Last on the list is a 5.0-liter Ti-VCT V8 engine, generating 385-horsepower and 387 lb-ft of torque. It has a best-in-class maximum payload of 32,70 pounds, and can be converted into a CNG engine. “Ti-VCT” has popped up a few times, and it stands for “twin independent variable cam timing”, a technological development that optimizes performance across the entire low, mid, and high ranges of the power band to match the driving conditions without losing fuel efficiency.
Ford F-250 and F-350
Both models can be configured with either bed, the 6.75-foot or 8-foot, as long as it’s on the SuperCab or Crew Cab; the Regular Cab can only be outfitted with the 8-foot bed. Both models have the same engines available, but depending on the cab their towing and payload capacities differ. To make it simple, we’ll present the range of each, regardless of cab and truck bed.
When the F-250 is powered by a 6.2-liter flex-fuel V8 engine that generates up to 430 lb-ft of torque, the payload ranges from 3880 – 4200 pounds, and the towing capacity has a range of 12,700 – 13,300 pounds. When running on the 6.7-liter Diesel V8 engine, generating 440-horsepower and 925 lb-ft of torque, its towing capacity ranges from 17,100 – 18,600 pounds, and has a payload capacity of 2820 – 3440 pounds.
When the F-350 is powered by a 6.2-liter flex-fuel V8 engine, it has a payload range of 4200 – 4430 pounds, and a towing capacity of 12,500 – 13,100 pounds. With the 6.7-liter Diesel V8 engine under the hood, it has a towing capacity of 20,800 – 21,500 pounds, and a payload range of 4100 – 4380 pounds.
Ford F-150 Raptor
A little different than these three, the Ford F-150 Raptor (seen at the top of the page) can either be outfitted with the same 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine found on its sibling, or the 6.2-liter V8 of the Super Duty trucks for 450-horsepower and 510 lb-ft of torque. It has a towing capacity of 6,000 – 8,000 pounds with the 3.5-liter engine. Specs of the 6.2-liter V8 engine are to be announced.
When it comes to Ford trucks and Ford Super Duty trucks, power is definitely there. The only question is, what configuration do you want and how will you get it?