2015 Ford F-Series Super Duty Gets Best-in-Class Torque, Towing

2015 Ford F-Series Super Duty Gets Best-in-Class Torque, Towing

Chrysler’s Ram truck brand raised the bar considerably when it announced a new heavy duty pickup capable of towing 30,000 lbs with a monstrous 850 lb-ft of torque. Now it’s Ford’s turn to push the limits of what a pickup can do.

Ford calls its trucks Super Duties and they’re certainly out to prove it with a new 2015 lineup of models. A second generation 6.7-liter Power Stroke V8 turbo diesel raises output to a best-in-class 440 hp and 860 lb-ft of torque – 10 lb-ft more than the Cummins-powered Ram.

Dropped under the hood of an F-350 and the max tow rating with a fifth-wheel/gooseneck is raised to 26,500 lbs with a gross combined weight rating to 35,000 pounds. Falling short of the Ram, Ford has another trick up its sleeve with the F-450 pickup that can now deliver a best-in-the-business 31,200 lbs with a gooseneck (up 6500 lbs) or 26,500 with a fifth-wheel. The gross combined weight rating (the combined weight of the truck, trailer and payload) is also tops at 40,000 lbs.

Upgrades to the engine include new injectors and a larger turbocharger between the cylinder banks in Ford’s innovative layout, helping to improve turbo response.  The engine block itself is also made of compacted graphite iron, which is both stronger and lighter than cast iron.

In addition to the new engine, chassis upgrades were required to meet the new tow ratings with F-350 models offering an upgraded tow package that includes new front springs and a wide track axle. As for the F-450 it gains commercial-grade 19.5-inch wheels and tires; upgraded rear U-joints and other suspension components including new rear leaf springs as well as new stabilizer bars and shocks in the front and rear. And with all that towing capability, Ford also upgraded the brakes.

“Our chassis people work in unison with our powertrain people to develop more than a great truck, it’s a machine engineered for work,” said Doug Scott, Ford Truck group marketing manager. “We’re the only manufacturer that develops and builds our own powertrains in this class and when you combine that with a chassis that’s purpose-built for best-in-class power and torque, you can feel the result in the way it drives, especially when towing big loads.”

Discuss this story at our Ford Powerstroke forum.

  • Airstreamingypsy

    It’s nice they are doing so well, after screwing so many of us who bought their 6.0. My engine had to be replaced 1 month out of warranty, still below the mileage warranty, and it cost me $14,500.00. If I had known I would have replaced the 6.0 with a Cummins, next time the reman 6.0 fails that’s what I’ll have to do. Ford told me “too bad” I don’t know how they sleep at night.

  • UnAFordAble

    AMEN!! CONSIDER YOURSELF LUCKY!! You could have the 6.4 L with BLOWN head gaskets , EGR controllers, TURBOS out, Radiator Replaced , AND 11.5 MPG EMPTY!!!! AND NOOOOOO resale value because everyone wants the 2011 or newer!! at least you can get over 15 MPG while you are waiting on the engine to blow!! I am sorry you got SUPER DOODY on your hands too!!!!

  • Airstreamingypsy

    Lucky? What’s lucky about a $14,5000.00 repair, then ending up with another 6.0 engine? Buying that truck almost ruined my life.

  • Matt

    I have had my 2008 F-350 6.4L for 161,000kms with exhaust, intake, CAC, and porgrammer all installed. lifted with 38″ tire. Guessing
    550hp and 800ft/lbs. of torque and never an issue. I love my ford!

  • UnAFordAble

    DANG!! well you are lucky.. I bought a 2011 Chevy Duramax to teach Ford A lesson!! It blew up at 6000 miles.. I had the truck 9 months and it was in the shop for 3 while I drove an impala loaner. I do drive the new 6.7 F350 now.. It is awesome! if I could just ever make my message center Happy Happy Happy!! It is always griping about something. Like having an annoying passenger or your wife in the dash telling you what to do!! But ALL of my 6.4 engines stunk! And ford would do nothing!! One of my trucks was nick named G#D Da##it.. BY the shop foreman at a ford dealership.. (maybe he was the problem?)

  • CumminsLVR

    I have owned 2 – 7.3’s, 2 – Cummins, I am a Cummins guy forever… You all should reconsider and switch to Cummins while your trucks are running. 7.3 is good… Cummins is better all the way around. Dodge has some issues here and there but not like Ford’s engines. …

  • UnAFordAble

    Thanks I do agree!! I have 2 2007 “5.9” trucks… GREAT engines.. BUT. Transmissions, Clutches and AC Compressors and Frame have all failed me.. $4500 for new auto tranny every 50K miles on one of them. and new clutch and flywheel and input shaft on the standard 6 speed.. I know.. (sounds like I need a real mechanic or should buy better upgrades..) We pull 15k behind them every day.. So I do expect problems.. The New ford (So FAR) is actually kicking But.. But We do not have a NEW Dodge to be fair!!!! THANK YOU!

  • Hows_That_Change_Working_ForYa

    I had a 2002 F350 7.3 diesel and while the engine was still running strong with 170,000 miles on it the rest of it was falling apart. The frame was rusting so badly that I could see large chunks of metal falling off it. Two of the four doors had rusted through at the bottom. Ford REALLY has to do a better job in rust prevention.

  • Willie Dixon

    I had a 2001 Dodge (2500) and hauled only a Lance camper. The engine NEVER gave me a problem but the AC did, always leaked Freon and we could NEVER find where, transmission leaked also, they wanted to rebuild it but it only leaked every now and then, countless small things with the body like drivers side window not working, etc. I sold it at 54 thousand miles. The engine was great and I love the loud sound. FYI !

  • UnAFordAble

    I am sorry.. you win.. in this situation.. 14,500.00 is not even remotely funny.. The dealership that charged you that should be ashamed! I was feeling sorry for myself because I bought 4 of the 08 fords because the “all new engine would not do like my 6.0 did!! “high pressure oil pump.. Don’t forget. we lost our beloved 7.3 to the EPA. (under Bush).and now we have to remove the cab to work on the engine and pour cat pee into an extra reservoir so we can prevent global warming? Bring back the 7.3.. I have been cold as heck this year!! We need some heat!

  • Cameron

    Sucks for y’all. My 7.3 has 240,000 miles on it and around 450 hp and never left me stranded.

  • Airstreamingypsy

    I had a 7.3, made the mistake of trading it for the 6.0. I bet that 7.3 is still fine. I thought about it a lot during the two weeks I was waiting for the new engine to be installed in the ’07.

  • Airstreamingypsy

    The dealer shouldn’t be ashamed…. Ford should be ashamed. That’s the price everyone had to pay for a reman engine when their 6.0s blew.

  • LongShot67

    The manufacturer of the 6.0 & 6.4 was Navistar International, not Ford. The 7.3 was a great engine. I have a 2000 F-350 and it has been a great truck. After International would not cover all the repairs needed on the 6.0 & 6.4, Ford decided to build their own engine. Good move on their part.

  • Airstreamingypsy

    I know Navistar was the manufacturer, but when the engine blew it was one month out of the time warranty and still *under* the mileage warranty and Ford wouldn’t help me at all…. that’s why I said they should be ashamed. They put that POS engine out there for their loyal customers and many of us got screwed.

  • LongShot67

    You are correct. Both Ford and Navistar could have done a lot of good will and good PR if they had helped out Ford customers who had problems with the 6.0 & 6.4. Navistar could have supplied the necessary parts, egr delete, head studs etc, and then they could have picked up maybe 75% of the labor and Ford the remaining 25%. Just think how much money Navistar has lost since Ford decided to build their own engine now.

  • will

    Ford has lost my business .After a bad rod with 80,000 miles on a 6.0 gas and and bad egr cooler, raidiator, hoses etc., on a 6.4 diesel I am, trading for a Tundra…

  • Lealand Young

    Ford doesn’t offer a 6.0 liter gasoline engine?

  • SilentBillyBob

    Ford actually does make a 6.0 V-12 (Duratec), but I really think people are referring to the 6.8 Triton V-10 that was installed in E series, F Series Superduties, and Excursions…

  • phil

    Still with “Jewel Effect” headlights. The industry sees light three generations past that now – HID, LED, and now Laser.

  • Soundmandave21

    Wow, no comments about the new engine specs, just whining about International/Ford’s past nonsense. The new engine is sweet. I would love a 440hp from a factory engine, and I love the rest of the platform. Good work Ford!

  • UnAFordAble

    I drink Beer not KoolAid.. Sorry.. WOW.. AWESOME numbers!! I agree.. Ford is killing it! NOW.. I love my 6.7.. But I would love to beat the crap out of a room full of executives over the money I lost on the 6.0 and 6.4 engines!!!! I will shut up and get back to work now.. I apologize for being so bitter!

  • Tim

    I love my 6.0 ! I did put a egr delete though.

  • Airstreamingypsy

    I bulletproofed my truck, after the engine replacement was done. Drove the reman engine stock til the warranty went out, then bulletproofed it last fall. Fingers crossed it lasts forever.

  • Charles W Stem

    love mine to

  • Willie Dixon

    Was that hard? How do you know if you have a EGR delete kit on your trunk?

  • Tim

    If you see the oval tube then you don’t have a delete kit . The tube doesn’t exist if there is a delete

  • Willie Dixon

    I haven’t looked but I’m pretty sure I have the tube. It’s really raining here today. I will have to pay to have someone do it right. I’m no mechanic. One reason I worry about my 6.0. It’s just that the new ford trucks are so expensive. Thanks Time for your information.

  • Kyle

    I own a 2011 6.7 and love it! But Ford definitely needs to step there game up and do air ride in the rear if they are going to stay ahead of dodge. The springs get week and the back of the truck squats way too much when fully loaded. And the seats can be way more comfortable for the price these trucks cost there should be no complaints! Those are my 2 only complaints.

  • SilentBillyBob

    You can bag it yourself for under $200 and in under 2 hours…

  • roadglide

    I’ve had my 2011 Ford 6.7 since May 1, 2010…NOT one single issue…Tuned it at 12,000 miles avg close to 20 mpg’s…I don’t gun it much…

  • Willie Dixon

    That’s really good gas mileage.

  • Frank

    I wish they would have took the responsibility for the 6.0’s mediocre performance and flaws.
    To buy a 27 g truck and spend 12 gs on repairs and upgrage is sorry.
    I believe the 2014 performes but not taking responsibility for the 6.0 has got me switched to Ram

  • Willie Dixon

    How do you like your Dodge?

  • qsberry

    I am one of those that experienced just about every problem a 6.0 can have. High pressure oil pump failure at 2500 miles, turbo at 75,000, injector 100,000, 3 ICP sensors, High pressure oil pump 140,000, fuel rail and three more injectors 150,000, blown head gaskets 155,000, oil and egr cooler 160,000 and another oil cooler at 161,000, four injectors 162,000 and and one of them failed at 164,000, ICP wiring harness 170,000 not to mention the constant egr coking problems. But when it is running it performs well. MY DISAPPOINTMENT IS ALL BUT THE FIRST TWO PROBLEMS CAME OUT OF MY POCKETS. FORD DID NOT STAND BEHIND ANY OF THEM. They of course was quick to remind me that it was Navstar’s problem. I lost all faith in Ford not protecting their customers.

  • Kevin

    I have a 6.0 with 125k miles and i guess Im one of the lucky ones, though ive had it in the shop a couple too many times I havent lost my faith in the engine.

    egr coking and 1 injector are the only unscheduled shop visits my truck has ever had

  • Willie Dixon

    I hope I’m lucky like you. I am told “don’t baby your diesel”. Do you baby yours?

  • Billdokie

    I was looking to buy a new F 350 back in 09. I had a 99 7.3 and loved it. After talking to several dealers, I decided to keep the 99 (F-250 4 dr short bed) and buy an 02 7.3 (F-350 4 dr long bed) I’m glad I stayed away from the 6.0 and the 6.4. Now it’s 2014 and I’m looking at a new truck again. My son just bought the new Dodge 1 ton DRW and I pulled my 45 ft travel trailer last week. Nice! Now I need to check out the new F-350. I’m partial to the SRW as opposed to the DRW. I’m a Ford guy so I think it’s only a matter of time.

  • rsthorpe

    I’m another guy who experienced problems with the ’05 6.0L Diesel. From day #1, every time I would take a vacation and tow the 5th wheel, I spend days in Ford Dealers due to problems with turbo. The truck was weak. I’m at the point I can’t spend the money on new turbos after each vacation. Doing a lemon law suit against Ford.

  • Willie

    I have a 2006 Ford F350 that I bought from a rich man in Griffin Ga. I bought it two years ago with 17 thousand miles on it, with a lance camper. The deal was costly and I had concerns over the 6 liter ford engine. He SAID “not this engine”, he went on to say that by 06 Ford worked out most the bugs PLUS he installed extra’s. He chipped it up, straight 4″ pipe, amsoil, I’m not sure about a delete kit. All I can tell you is this truck will haul ass. 4.10 rear end which is needed for a 2 ton lance camper. Oh he had a bags put under it for lift. Carries the camper nice, I get 13 mpg hauling, 11 if I’m pushing 80 or so. 18 city, I only have 21 thousand miles on it but I drive it because it needs to be driven. Right?

  • Willie Dixon

    Here is my ford f 350, dually, king ranch, with the lance camper. I paid up there, 45 grand for the package two plus years ago. The truck had 17 thousand miles on it. EVERYTHING looked like new. The Lance camper is top of the line with EVERY possible option you can have. He took one trip, drove the truck a while then put it up for sale for 52 grand. I was and still afraid of the 6.0 engine so I offered him 45. He took it. ONLY 4 hours on the generator in the lance. We’ve had a lance camper before but this one is HEAVY. No problems with the truck, YET!

  • Agent Gary 7

    That’s a beautiful truck and truck camper you got there Willie. I have an 07 King Ranch F350 dually myself. Bought it used with 24K miles. Currently has about 43K miles on it. I know, not alot of miles, but everything seems to be running great on her. I hope to get my truck camper someday as well. Happy camping to ya!

  • Willie Dixon

    Yea, I understand low miles and thanks Gary for your kind words. People find it hard to believe that the miles on my truck are only 21 thousand. But I don’t drive it except when I haul the camper. So it sits in the garage. HOWEVER, I’m told that I should drive it some. So I try to drive it at least once a month. I’m not sure what upgrades the original owner did. He was really out there. He kept this whole rig in great big garage. When I came upon it, honestly, I couldn’t believe the shape it was in. Like new! The camper was new, still had the new smell. I was afraid of the 6.0 though so I low balled him. Although I don’t think I stole it, perhaps just got a reasonable price. Lance campers are very expensive with all options. Plus 45 grand isn’t stealing anything. He had right at 80 grand in both units. He SAID he took one trip and the hours on the camper generator was 4 hours. I start that at least once a month. This truck, well, honestly is unbelievable power. I had a 2001 Dodge and this truck is way more powerful. I’m not knocking Cummings engine, I’m just stating a fact. Thanks for the complement. I did have to buy two batteries, plus an oil change but so far everything seems to be fine. A fellow down the street who had his 6.0 bullet proof rode in mine and he was amazed too. He said the original owner had to put a EGR delete kit because of the black smoke when I punched it. No dings, no accidents, perfect insides. I suspect one day this truck should be worth some money. ?? Again thanks for your response.

  • Willie Dixon

    have a 2006 Ford F350 that I bought from a rich man in Griffin Ga. I bought it two years ago with 17 thousand miles on it, with a lance camper. The deal was costly and I had concerns over the 6 liter ford engine. He SAID “not this engine”, he went on to say that by 06 Ford worked out most the bugs PLUS he installed extra’s. He chipped it up, straight 4″ pipe, amsoil, I’m not sure about a delete kit. All I can tell you is this truck will haul ass. 4.10 rear end which is needed for a 2 ton lance camper. Oh he had a bags put under it for lift. Carries the camper nice, I get 13 mpg hauling, 11 if I’m pushing 80 or so. 18 city, I only have 21 thousand miles on it but I drive it because it needs to be driven. Right?

  • DeadArmadillo

    I owned both a 2003 6.0 and a 2008 6.4. Never had any real problems with either of them and both spent their days towing heavy goosenecks and/or 5th wheels. Sold the 03 to a grandson who is still driving it. Sold the 08 a couple of months ago and bought a motorhome but if I went back to a fiver I wouldn’t look at any thing other than the Ford.

  • Willie Dixon

    what is that new stuff that has to be added to the fuel? do all ford’s, chevy’s dodge’s have this stuff added? A little help here. Someone neck named it “cat pee”??

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