Time for everybody to feign shock – Ford has just announced that it has the enhanced horsepower and torque ranges of its 6.7-liter Power Stroke turbodiesel V8 engine for 2015. As you’;d anticipate, the Blue Oval is claiming class-top figures of 440 hp (up from 400) and 860 pound-feet (up from 800), and which is sufficient to allow Ford’;s F-450 Super Duty model to tow as considerably as 31,200 pounds, which, yet again, the automaker claims is class major.
Now, it ought to be noted that the max rating quoted above is attained with the Ford F-450. The 2015 F-350, which is perhaps a much better comparison to the Ram 3500 HD pickup that claimed the towing crown in 2013 at an even 30,000 lbs, is capped at 26,500 pounds, both with a gooseneck or when towing a fifth-wheel trailer. In any case, it really is going to consider a load the dimension of Godzilla to make any of the present crop of fullsize heavy-duty pickup trucks break into a sweat. For those trying to keep track, Chevy charges its 2015 Silverado HD at a maximum of 23,200 lbs.
Ford’;s newfound pulling electrical power comes courtesy of a bigger turbocharger for its in-house Energy Stroke engine, new fuel injector guidelines and, we would assume, retuned personal computer controls. Aside from the engine enhancements, the F-350 gets a wider front track for 2015 and new front springs, while the F-450 gains commercial-grade 19.5-inch wheels and tires, new rear U-joints, leaf springs, stabilizer bars and shocks. The steering and brake systems have also been upgraded.
A total press release announcing the Super Duty alterations and specs for 2015 can be located under.
• 2nd-generation 6.6-liter Electrical power Stroke® V8 turbo diesel boosts horsepower to a class-leading 440 horsepower torque to class-leading 860 lb.-ft. for all designs
• F-450 chassis upgrades increase highest gooseneck trailer towing capacity to class-major 31,200 pounds, fifth wheel towing capability to class-top 26,500 lbs, and gross combined weight rating to a class-leading forty,000 pounds
• F-350 accessible with highest towing bundle that increases fifth-wheel/gooseneck trailer towing capability to 26,500 pounds, and raises the gross mixed excess weight rating to 35,000 lbs
HOUSTON – March 5, 2014 – Ford F-Series Super Duty reinforces its leadership in the heavy-duty pickup truck market with engine and chassis upgrades for 2015 that with each other deliver very best-in-class horsepower, torque and towing capacity.
Ford’;s 2nd-generation 6.6-liter Energy Stroke® V8 turbo diesel now boasts 440 horsepower, up from 400 horsepower, and 860 lb.-ft. of torque, up from 800 lb.-ft, across all Super Duty models from F-250 to F-450.
The 2015 F-450 tops the F-Series Super Duty pickup truck lineup with maximum towing capability escalating to a class-foremost 31,200 pounds, a acquire of 6,500 pounds. The truck’;s gross combined fat rating increases to a class-top forty,000 pounds, a obtain of 6,000 lbs.
F-350 increases highest towing capacity as properly, to 26,500 pounds, from 23,200 lbs, and the gross combined weight rating goes up 5,000 lbs to 35,000 lbs.
The enhanced ratings are a result of designing and engineering the truck as an integrated program. The technique enabled Ford engineers to optimize efficiency across the total Super Duty lineup.
“Our chassis individuals operate in unison with our powertrain people to create far more than a fantastic truck, it truly is a machine engineered for operate,” mentioned Doug Scott, Ford Truck group advertising and marketing manager. “We’;re the only producer that develops and builds our very own powertrains in this class and when you mix that with a chassis that is goal-developed for ideal-in-class power and torque, you can come to feel the result in the way it drives, specifically when towing huge loads.”
“Our chassis men and women have worked in unison with our powertrain men and women to build far more than a excellent truck – it truly is a machine engineered for work,” he adds.
Electrical power Stroke Engine Improvements
The 2015 Super Duty achieves very best-in-class towing functionality with a second-generation 6.6-liter Electrical power Stroke V8 turbo diesel engine that was even more produced to give much more energy, torque and efficiency.
“The 6.6-liter Electrical power Stroke was currently a stout engine,” said Robert Fascetti, Ford vice president powertrain engineering. “The enhancements we have manufactured essentially give Super Duty consumers an engine designed for our more substantial F-650 and F-750 trucks. They might not understand how challenging this engine truly is.”
Key innovations on the 6.6-liter Energy Stroke V8 turbo diesel are its compacted graphite iron engine block and reverse-movement layout. This section-exclusive design and style places the exhaust within the engine’;s V-form, with whilst the air intake positioned on the outdoors resulting in a assortment of developments:
• Shorter airflow from the exhaust program to the new, greater turbocharger sitting in between the engine’;s cylinder banking institutions improves turbo responsiveness – crucial to offering torque speedily to truck clients when they need to have it most
• Positioning the turbo within the engine’;s valley assists isolate the engine’;s hottest temperatures, bettering functionality and efficiency, whilst also lowering noise, vibration and harshness to boost driver comfort
Enhancements contain a bigger turbocharger for quicker air displacement resulting in more electrical power. The engine block is produced of compacted graphite iron, which is more powerful yet lighter than cast iron, is much more wear-resistant and has enhanced sealing properties.
“The designers of the authentic 6.6-liter Power Stroke V8 turbo diesel predicted that it would sooner or later require to be upgraded for larger output,” said David Ives, Ford Energy Stroke technical expert. “They developed it in a way that made it less difficult to add a greater turbocharger, escalating airflow and generating a lot more power for significantly enhanced performance, nevertheless we have not lost any efficiency.”
New injector tips spray a finer mist of fuel into the cylinders which supplies a far more total burn and helps reduceing noise, vibration and harshness. Other rewards consist of lower emissions and much less fuel deposit buildup on the intake valves above time.
The engine enhancements give the Energy Stroke engine a class-foremost greatest output of 440 horsepower and 860 lb.-ft. of torque.
The F-350 is accessible with a large-capacity towing bundle that contains new front springs and a broad track axle, increasing the gross mixed fat rating with the 6.7-liter Energy Stroke engine from 31,900 pounds to 35,000 lbs.
Improvements to the F-450 that permit it to handle the increased tow rating consist of business- grade 19.5-inch wheels and tires upgraded rear U-joints and suspension elements, such as new rear leaf springs front and rear stabilizer bars and shocks. The steering method has more powerful gears and linkages and the fifth-wheel/gooseneck has an increased towing capacity. The brakes are bigger brakes and characteristic new antilock brake calibration for enhanced braking functionality.