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WHAT WE'RE DRIVING

  • Magazine Article
  • 20AUTP02_08
Published January 01, 2020 by SAE International in United States
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A summer job during college gave me occasion to drive a Mack R-model dump truck. This Class-8 bruiser's inline-six diesel delivered 280 hp and 1,000 lb-ft (1,356 Nm). I thought of that smoky old Mack while driving Ford's latest SuperDuty pickups in real-world hauling demos in the Arizona mountains.

Ford's upgraded 6.7-L turbodiesel V8 delivers amazing Mack-mauling grunt-1,050 lb-ft and 475 hp-for nearly any task. With a 37,000-lb max towing rating, the big pickup didn't break a sweat hauling a 12,000-lb, 33-ft-long RV trailer over the mountains. Indeed, the Ford engineers on hand also could have loaded the F-350's cargo bed to its 7,850-lb max payload and their baby would've obliged without fuss. And no need for old-school gear-jamming: Ford's new in-house-engineered 10-speed HD automatic provided a ratio for every situation.