Have a heavy load to tow? The F-Series Super Duty is the truck to get. And now it can tow even more.
Ford has announced its latest heavy-duty truck can tow as much as 32,500 pounds; that’s for the F-450 SuperCrew 4×4 with a gooseneck hitch. Fit it to a fifth wheel and you’re looking at 27,500 pounds, or up to 21,000 pounds with a conventional hitch.
Any way you slice it, Ford claims those to be class-leading figures. In fact the maximum gross combined weight rating of 41,800 is more than half of what an 18-wheeler semi can manage.
Those capabilities are made possible by even more potent engine options. The standard petrol 6.2-liter V8 offers 385 horsepower and a class-leading 430 lb-ft of torque. Go for the 6.7-liter Power Stroke diesel V8, though, and you’re looking at 440 hp and an amazing 925 lb-ft. That’s more torque than a Bugatti Veyron, which was rated at “only” 922 lb-ft.
Like the lighter-duty F-150, the Super Duty is also built around a high-strength steel frame with an aluminum body to help trim weight by as much as 350 pounds.
The new Super Duty also boasts such tow-enabling features as an in-cab trailer tire pressure monitor, radar sensors in the tail lamps to monitor blind spots and an array of four high-definition digital cameras to provide a complete view around the vehicle.