STRONGER, BETTER, TOUGHER – 2005 FORD SUPER DUTY REMAINS KING OF
Source: Ford Motor Company Press ReleasePosted:
05-24-04 21:07 PT
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Duty customers rely on their trucks to get the job done – whether
at work or at play. The 2005 Super Duty delivers – with more capability,
unsurpassed gas and diesel power, more toughness and useful new features
that will make work easier and recreation time more enjoyable.
original Super Duty proved that pickup trucks with the right stuff could
handle jobs that once were associated only with the big, commercial medium-duty
truck segment,” said Frank Davis, Ford vehicle programs director
for pickups and commercial vehicles. “The 2005 Super Duty takes
this capability to the max, with towing and cargo ratings that will astound
Super Duty features a host of functional, capability and convenience improvements:
tow ratings across the board, with best-in-class maximum tow rating
of 17,000 pounds
payload for Super Duty pickups – up to 5,800 pounds of cargo in
the F-350 dually. On average, payload improves 500 to 1,000 pounds for
F-250 and F-350 pickups
System – a combination of standard and optional features that
makes towing easier, including an industry-first factory-installed trailer
power – including the segment’s most powerful gasoline engine,
the 6.8-liter, 3-valve Triton™ V-10 with 355 hp and 455 pound-feet
of torque. The best-selling 6.0-liter Power Stroke® diesel increases
to 570 pound-feet of torque
- A new
front suspension and improved steering for better ride, handling and
maneuverability in 4X4 pickups and all F-450 and F-550 chassis cabs
braking, with larger rotors and larger, stiffer calipers. Even the parking
brake is larger and stronger
tougher frame underlying all of this new capability
changes that cap off the new capabilities with a bolder, tougher look
up front, the segment’s only 18- and 20-inch wheels and a more
Tow Rating, More Payload Capacity
Ford Super Duty pickups have more towing and payload capacity than ever,
making F-350 the clear class leader, for towing up to 17,000 pounds.
Duty trucks – from F-250 through F-550 – benefit from chassis
upgrades, including stronger frames and available stronger axles.
to marketplace changes by implementing a new variable gross vehicle weight
rating strategy across all of its Super Duty F-Series pickups that better
accommodates the way most customers use their trucks.
customers opting for features like diesel engines, four-wheel-drive and
crew cabs, this new strategy takes advantage of the Ford Super Duty's
higher axle weight ratings, stronger frames and better brakes to help
preserve payload capability on trucks with higher equipment levels.
As a result,
maximum pickup payload capacity increases by up to 1,280 pounds.
suit. With the 5.4-liter, 3-valve Triton V-8 engine, Super Duty now can
tow up to 12,300 pounds, an increase of 3,000 pounds, making this economical
powertrain even more attractive for fleet and commercial users.
Super Duty pickups with the 6.8-liter, 3-valve Triton V-10 and 6.0-liter
Power Stroke diesel will have the ability to tow up to a class-leading
15,000 pounds conventionally. That’s an increase of up to 1,600
pounds and establishes Super Duty as the clear leader in the class.
a reason people look up to Super Duty as the benchmark in this class,”
said Susan Dehne, F-Series Super Duty chief engineer. “It was a
great truck to begin with – and we’ve improved more than 100
individual areas to make it even better.”
Super Duty frame features a new fully boxed front section, improving strength
and torsional stiffness.
boxed section back, the frame uses steel that is 10-percent to 17-percent
thicker, with additional gussets providing even more strength and durability
in high-stress areas. This is the thickest gauge steel in any pickup.
new frame extends back to an optional new 2.5-inch hitch receiver. This
is an increase from the previous 2-inch receiver, and allows the higher
conventional tow rating.