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Other notable improvements or features available on the new Super Duty include:

  • Boxed front frame, and the rear part of the frame has been upgraded with new steel that Ford says is the thickest gauge steel used on any pickup frame.
  • The 300-horsepower 5.4-liter 3-valve Triton engine from the F-150 is now the base engine. It appeals mostly to fleets and light-duty contractors.
  • The V10 engine now gets the same 3-valve technology and electronic throttle control, resulting in a 45-horsepower increase over the previous model’s 2-valve engine.
  • Higher axle ratings and the new 4x4 suspension will improve the truck’s ability to handle larger snow plows.
  • Ford increased the brake-rotor diameter by five percent and increased the piston diameter by 11 percent in the front calipers for improved brake performance and pedal feel.
  • Super Duty also gets a new optional two-tone paint scheme with new paint combinations. The new look is enhanced with larger, three-dimensional badges for each series and powertrain.
  • There’s a new gauge cluster with circular speedometer and tachometer, and the air vents are barrel shaped and more integrated into the dash.

The Super Duty is an important part of Ford’s overall truck strategy. Officials say Super Duty trucks make up 45 to 50 percent of F-Series sales, or about 350,000 to 400,000 units a year. The Power Stroke diesel can be found in about two-thirds of those Super Duty sales, outselling all GM and Dodge diesels combined. Best news of all: Ford says it will hold the price line on Super Duty. F-250 and F-350 duallies will not get a price hike while F-350 single rear wheel models get an additional $290 to the base price. MSRP will range between $22,390 and $38,365, plus destination and delivery charges of $795. One of Ford’s most popular configurations, the F-250 XLT Crew Cab 4x4 with a Power Stroke engine and TorqShift tranny will carry a base price of $41,375 (plus destination), which is only $25 more than a comparably equipped 2004 model.

For those who want a little excitement and added prestige in their Super Duty, Ford will offer three special editions:

  • The Harley-Davidson will feature the industry’s first “flame” paint option with a choice of either Toreador Red on black or True Blue and Medium Wedgewood Blue. The bold flames are actually painted on the cab with a patented wet-on-wet process. Other exterior features include billet-like grille, blacked-out headlights, chromed tow hooks, fog lamps and 20-inch polished aluminum wheels. The interior features stitched two-tone black leather seating with Harley logos. The door inserts and dash feature a unique pattern that appears to be carbon fiber but really is hundreds of tiny Harley logos. The interior is also enhanced with chrome on the dash, many of the controls and the foot pedals.
  • The Super Duty Amarillo has a bold yellow paint scheme and was inspired by the Mighty F-350 TONKA concept from a few years ago. Available on diesel-powered F-250 and F-350 XLT SuperCabs and Crew Cabs, the truck also features chromed bumpers, tow hooks, tubular step-up bars and muffler tip. The leather-trimmed interior is all black as is the carpet. Options include roof marker lights.
  • The King Ranch edition returns with an interior awashed in Castano leather and Dark Mandarin Teak wood trim.

PickupTruck.com will have full reports as each model becomes available for a full road test. Also, look for an in-depth feature on the improved powertrain options for the Super Duty lineup.

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