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Ford’s 2018 Super Duty 6.7L Diesel to Offer Best Power in Its Class

A great upgrade for the Power Stroke Diesel in Ford’s 2018 Super Duty trucks

Model year over model year we see escalating horsepower and torque competition between manufacturers. Detroit’s big three are in a constant head to head to have the biggest and the best. Hauling and towing are more important than ever with our toys getting bigger and bigger. Ford is taking this arms race seriously with the power power rating of the 2018 Super Duty.

Coming to the Super Duty line is the new and improved 6.7 liter Power Stroke V8. The Power Stroke Diesel now leads two major competitors in horsepower and torque. A complete retune as well as a cylinder head redesign raises both figures by 10 over the previous iteration. This edges out the Chevrolet Silverado HD and its 6.6L Duramax Diesel by 5 horsepower. It also lays down 5 more pound feet of torque than the Ram 6.7L Cummins diesel.

All in all, this adds up to 450 horsepower and 935 pound feet of torque but what can that do? First, it offers a rather impressive payload capacity of 7360 pounds, one of three best in class titles. Second, the Super Duty can tow an amazing 21,000 pounds with a conventional hitch. Most impressive is the new F450’s gooseneck trailer towing weight of 34,000 pounds. All of these top the nearest equivalent rival in both the GM and Ram lineups.

This comes right on the heels of the big reveal of the F450 4×2 and its pricing strategy. Starting at the reasonable $52,830 for the base model, the F450 can quickly spiral upward in price. This 4×2 starter F450 can be built with trim levels going all the way up to Platinum. Adding 4WD to the package opens it up to the top of the line Limited which can easily top $100,000.

With the competition getting more heated and powerful with every model year, the pickup market is always getting better. Whether it’s the supremely capable, heavy onroad hauler of the F450 or any other full size, the big three are going head to head. It will be interesting to see what Ram and Chevrolet turn out to try reclaiming the best in class titles from Ford. We look forward to seeing what else comes from the Super Duty line in the future as Ford engineers work to retain their crown.

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James Murrell
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I love to research and admire all sorts of vehicles from restored classics to top shelf supercars, monstrous offroaders to weird concept vehicles. I absolutely adore any vehicle I can get behind the wheel of.

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