The heavy-duty pickup wars officially have a new leader. At the State Fair of Texas on Thursday, Ford announced power, payload and towing figures for the lineup, and they're all best-in-class numbers.
For horsepower and torque, Ford takes top honors with both its gasoline and diesel engines. The 7.3-liter gasoline V8 is officially rated at 430 horsepower and 475 pound-feet of torque. The 6.7-liter PowerStroke diesel V8, meanwhile, produces a whopping 475 hp and 1,050 lb-ft of torque. That torque number is only a 50-lb-ft increase over the1,000 lb-ft.
On the towing front, Ford says the diesel-powered Super Duty can manage 37,000 pounds with a gooseneck trailer (or 32,500 pounds with a fifth-wheel), which bests the Ram HD's 35,100-pound rating. That's a slightly more significant improvement, though I'm genuinely curious about how many heavy-duty pickup owners are regularly towing that much weight (it requires you to have a commercial driver's license, after all). Furthermore, Ford says the Super Duty can also tow the most with a conventional hitch: 24,200 pounds, with the diesel V8 engine.
For payload, Ford says its Super Duty achieves a max rating of 7,850 pounds with the 6.2-liter gas engine. That tops the Ram HD's 7,680-pound spec by 170 pounds, meaning Ford owners can throw a few extra cinder blocks in the back of their trucks.
Ford originally, but didn't offer any powertrain or capability specs at the time. ( , don't forget.) The 2020 Super Duty gets a number of new driver-assistance features, like Ford's Pro Trailer Backup Assist, precollision braking with pedestrian detection, blind-spot monitoring with trailer coverage and lane-keep tech. Inside, there's a standard Wi-Fi hotspot that can connect as many as 10 devices.
The final detail still missing regarding the 2020 Ford F-Series Super Duty is price -- heavy-duty pickups can get superexpensive. Those numbers will likely be revealed closer to when the trucks hit dealerships later this year.