Ford’s 6.7-liter Powerstroke turbocharged diesel V8 is a popular option among heavy-duty truck buyers.
So popular, in fact, that Ford installed its 500,000th in a 2014 Super Duty F-350 Lariat on Tuesday. Perhaps more impressively, the company has only offered the powerplant since 2011. It offers 400 hp and 800 lb-ft of torque from 2,800 rpm and 1,600 rpm respectively.
Like any engine used in a heavy-duty pickup truck, it’s built to haul large loads. The F-450 is rated to tow up to 24,700 lbs or up to 26,600 for the F-550 chassis cab. Heavy-duty pickup trucks are important to both Ford and Chevrolet for a variety of reasons. Ford and Chevrolet are locked in a battle as the top two heavy-duty truck makers while Ram trails with a smaller market share.
People who buy those trucks typically keep them for a long time and place the ability to tow above all else. Unlike the half-ton segment, the majority of HDs sold use diesel engines. Transaction prices are also typically higher on heavy-duty trucks than half-tons. Perhaps most importantly, they fall under a different EPA classification than half-tons do and aren’t hampered by the same tightening CAFE standards.
“Demand for the engine has outpaced our expectations; our customers love the combination of performance, towing capability, and fuel economy,” Ford truck marketing manager Doug Scott said.
The State Fair of Texas takes place later this week; typically a time when the Detroit 3 make major truck announcements. General Motors is expected to unveil its new heavy duty trucks at the event, and Ford has already teased an announcement as well.
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