The 2020 Super Duty already has a lot riding on its beefy fenders. In addition to the minor updates that it received, it’s also bringing a massive 7.3 liter gasoline V8 to the heavy duty pickup segment, which aims to please with its Godzilla sized horsepower and torque ratings. But all of these additions would be in vain if the Super Duty did not have the capability needed to surpass its rivals from GM and Ram. Thankfully, Ford has delivered the goods, with the company confirming that the 2020 Super Duty once again reigns supreme in many of the categories that heavy duty pickup owners value the most, with Ford choosing the 2019 Texas State Fair as the perfect backdrop for this earth shaking announcement.
In this instance, the Super Duty outshines its foes in six different categories for pickups weighing over 8,500 pounds, with the big Ford kicking things off in bold style by surpassing the Ram 3500’s already impressive 1,000 lb-ft of torque for its Cummins turbodiesel inline six (GM’s diesel only makes a mere 910 lb-ft). When this figure was first revealed by Ram execs back in January at the North American International Auto Show, it raised plenty of eyebrows, considering that the 1,000 lb-ft barrier was out of reach for so many years. As for the Super Duty, its 6.7 liter Power Stroke diesel V8 makes 50 more lb-ft, for a grand total of 1,050 lb-ft of torque. Admittedly, this figure is more like a well timed body shot by Canelo Alvarez versus an all out knockout blow that you would see from Deontay Wilder, but in a segment where numbers are key, even a slight advantage in this figure is enough to potentially sway precious momentum. It doesn’t hurt either that the Power Stroke also tops its rivals in horsepower for diesel engines, with the mighty V8 packing 475 horsepower which is more than the 445 horsepower that you get with the GM duo (Silverado/Sierra), and also tops the 370 and 400 horsepower versions of the Ram’s Cummins engine. As a bonus, unlike the Ram which requires you to get the optional $11,000 H.O. version of the 6.7 liter Cummins to hit that fore-mentioned 1,000 lb-ft of torque rating, Ford is making it available for all trucks equipped with the Power Stroke engine.
Meanwhile the Blue Oval also manages to set the pace in the gasoline wars, with the all new 7.3 liter V8 laying down the hurt with an impressive 430 horsepower and a stout 475 lb-ft of torque. This is a big bump over the 6.4 liter V8’s 410 horsepower, and completely trounces the 401 horsepower offered by GM and its 6.6 liter V8. Naturally, the 7.3 liter’s performance numbers play a key role in the Super Duty’s ability to haul up to 7,850 lbs of cargo which also surpasses the figures offered by Ram and GM. As for the diesel, while Ford chose to not release cargo hauling figures for that particular engine, the company did reveal that the oil burner makes a prominent impact in towing, with the engine being able to handle a traditional load of 24,200 lbs. If your a buyer that uses your rig for more extreme towing, Ford has you covered here too, with the truck being able to tow up to 32,500 and 37,000 lbs respectably when equipped with either a fifth wheel style hitch or a gooseneck hitch. As expected, these figures are also best in class, and should allow the Super Duty to appeal to a wide range of heavy duty truck buyers. This is especially true since both engines are now mated to a tweaked version of the company’s familiar 10-speed automatic.
“Ford truck customers are building a better world with the Super Duty and we’re helping them work even harder with the most available diesel towing, payload, torque and power that you can get in a heavy-duty pickup” revealed Mike Pruitt chief engineer for the Super Duty. “We’re excited to be in the nation’s largest truck market at the State Fair of Texas announcing we’ve surpassed the kilotorque barrier and made it standard with every pickup featuring a Power Stroke diesel engine.”
For those looking to put all of these numbers into a real world perspective, Ford revealed that a properly configured F-450 can tow about as much weight as 31 American Quarter horses at 1,200 lbs. That translates into a gigantic trailer, and the few buyers that would tow a load like that will be pleased to know that Ford engineers equipped the Super Duty with the newest iteration of its Pro Trailer Backup Assist which helps make parking even the biggest of trailers much easier. This is especially important when parking in narrow campsites or even loading docks when undertaking a massive delivery run. Enhancing things further is Trailer Reverse Guidance technology that accommodates all kinds of trailer types including beefy gooseneck style trailers.
Look for the 2020 Ford Super Duty to begin making its way to dealerships towards the end of this year, with final pricing and the full list of optional equipment being released closer to its official launch.