Ford's rolling out an all-new Super Duty line of heavy-duty pickups this year, but the automaker has been oddly silent about its capacities...until now. Ford's just released the figures for its 2017 Super Duty lineup, and I don't think I've ever seen this many "class-leading" claims in a single press release.
In F-450 trim, the Super Duty's maximum gooseneck towing capacity is 32,500 pounds. Fifth-wheel towing is a best-in-class 27,500 pounds, and conventional towing also earns a class-leading claim at 21,000 pounds. Need to throw a bunch of stuff in the bed? Not a problem, as the F-350 is payload-rated up to 7,630 pounds -- yet another best-in-class figure. (The F-250 has a max payload of 4,200 pounds.)
Whether you're driving an F-250, F-350 or F-450, if you opt for the 6.7-liter PowerStroke diesel V-8, you can look forward to a best-in-class 925 pound-feet of torque. The gas V-8 puts out less than half that much, but its 430-pound-feet output is -- yes, again -- best in class.
The F-Series Super Duty also touts several segment-exclusive technologies. Its adaptive cruise control system works with the heaviest trailers, as does its forward collision-warning system, which will precharge the brake pedal to speed up the process of slowing down. Cameras give the driver a 360-degree view of the vehicle while towing, and there's also a first-of-its-kind trailer camera that you can place wherever's most appropriate.
The Super Duty lineup goes on sale this fall, and pricing starts at $33,730 for an F-250 with a standard cab.