System Makes Towing Easier
is improved off-road, thanks to suspension changes, including new front
coil springs on 4x4 trucks. The new design provides better traction and
improved ride over rough or loose surfaces.
Ford Super Duty offers a package of standard and optional features specifically
geared toward users who tow trailers. Since a trailer behind a Super Duty
tends toward the bigger, heavier and bulkier end of the scale, towing
brings more demands. The TowCommand System is intended to make life easier
for the driver when a big load is along for the ride.
“This truck is all about capability and control,” said Dehne.
“Knowing 90 percent of our customers tow trailers, towing had to
be a priority in our improvements.”
The TowCommand System, which includes the industry’s first factory-installed
and warranted electronic trailer brake controller, offers smoother operation
and safety features.
This includes a special trailer brake strategy when the truck’s
anti-lock braking system detects poor traction. No aftermarket trailer
brake controller can do this.
The electronic trailer brake controller is integrated into the instrument
panel, with graphics that match the rest of the Super Duty interior. It
gives audible and visual warnings if trailer wiring becomes disconnected.
TowCommand System also includes TorqShift® transmission with tow-haul
mode, best-in-class brakes and telescoping trailer tow mirrors.
Ford Super Duty offers an unequaled lineup of powertrain options, including
the segment’s most powerful gasoline engine. Ford’s three-valve-per-cylinder
head, introduced on the 2004 F-150, is now available for the first time
on a V-10 engine, thanks to Ford’s modular engine strategy.
The new 6.8-liter, 3-valve Triton V-10 produces 355 horsepower and 455
pound-feet of torque – both class-leading figures.
best-selling diesel engine – Power Stroke – benefits from
10 more pound-feet of torque. The 6.0-liter Power Stroke diesel is now
rated at 570 pound-feet of torque and 325 horsepower.
Ford’s modular 5.4-liter, 3-valve Triton V-8 also migrates to Super
Duty. Its three-valve architecture and sophisticated technology, including
variable valve timing, help to deliver 300 horsepower and 365 pound-feet
of torque. That’s an improvement of 40 horsepower and 10 pound-feet
of torque over the 2004 Super Duty. More than 80 percent of peak torque
– nearly 300 pound-feet – is available starting as low as
Both gasoline engines also now benefit from electronic throttle control,
which provides economy and performance benefits. For commercial users
who need to elevate engine speed to run aftermarket power takeoff (PTO)
systems, the new “stationary elevated idle control” feature
is now included in the strategy of all Super Duty powertrains.
This replaces the auxiliary idle control kit and auxiliary powertrain
control module that was optional in the 2004 model year. This feature
and the new segment-first dash-mounted upfitter switches are the direct
result of Ford’s dialogue with its commercial users.
Ford Super Duty features a redesigned instrument panel with appliques
unique to each series.
Super Duty’s strong new frame also helps to enable better ride
and handling, in concert with other improvements to the 2005 model.
A new monobeam
coil spring front suspension replaces the leaf springs on four-wheel-drive
F-250 and F-350 pickups. Efficient packaging of the new front suspension
allows the front wheels to turn 18 percent further. This dramatically
improves maneuverability and reduces the average turning circle by more
than 5.5 feet.
Changes to the steering geometry, tighter internal tolerances in the
new steering gear and a revised power assist curve improve steering feel.
The F-450 and F-550 Super Duty trucks get more than a 12-foot improvement
in average turning diameter. “That is a huge benefit for commercial
users who are maneuvering in a tight space to reach a job site,”
The rear suspension has new spring rates and staggered rear shock geometry
to improve ride quality.
New, larger wheel sizes on F-250 and F-350 – 17 inches as the standard
wheel, with 18 inches on some models and a segment-first 20 inches on
the Ford Harley-Davidson™ F-Series Super Duty – allowed engineers
to upsize brake rotors by 5 percent, to 347 mm in front and 340 mm in
rear. This provides greater braking surface and helps to dissipate heat,
especially on long downhill roads.
Other improvements include larger calipers for both the F-250 and F-350.
The front calipers have twin 60 mm pistons – up 11 percent from
2004 – for better braking feel. Rear calipers have twin 48 mm calipers
on F-250 and twin 54 mm pistons on F-350 dual-rear-wheel models. The F-450
and F-550 also benefit from 30-percent stiffer calipers and larger brake
rotors. New brake pad material provides quieter stops while more than
doubling the lining life.
is Tougher, More Sophisticated
Super Duty’s new look reflects the changes under the skin with
a bolder front profile and new wheel designs that communicate strength.
Inside, the message is sophistication and refinement, with a new gauge
cluster and instrument panel treatment.
The bold front grille – always a Super Duty signature – is
even bolder for 2005, drawing cues from the popular Mighty F-350 TONKA
concept truck’s chiseled good looks. Sharper edges and vertical
bar surfaces provide a milled appearance.
A new exterior two-tone treatment includes a lowered “waterline”
and new color combinations. Wheel lip moldings coordinate with the two-tone
treatment on some series.
badges identify each series and powertrain.
The 2005 Ford Harley-Davidson™ Super Duty now offers an industry-first
“flame” paint option, with choice of black-and-red or blue-on-blue.
The flames, designed by a Harley-Davidson factory customizer, are painted
using Ford’s patented wet-on-wet process, which produces a durable,
seamless finish in the factory.
On the interior,
new trim panels surround the central and driver’s side portions
of the instrument panel, and match the inserts on the doors. These changes
help reinforce differentiation among the series:
trucks sport a new straight-grained Dark Mandarin Teak wood-appearance
applique, complementing the distinctive Castaño leather used on
seats, steering wheel and other trim. Unique badges inside and out identify
the King Ranch Ford Super Duty.
Lariat trucks feature a warmer horizontal Cherry Zebrano grain wood appearance
on interior trim, along with a host of interior comfort and convenience
features, including leather-trimmed seating surfaces with six-way power
driver’s and front Crew Cab passenger seat, as well as audio and
climate controls on the steering wheel spokes.
trucks use a pewter wave finish on interior applique panels, for a strong,
Dark accent charcoal black is used in XLT trucks.
A new gauge cluster is cleaner and easier to read, with the circular speed
and tachometer gauges flanking the message center, when equipped, and
gear selector display. Modular design allows more differentiation in the
gauge package, as well.
The climate control vents are now barrel-shaped and integrated into the
surrounding surfaces no matter where they are pointed. That follows the
pattern set by the optional new integrated electronic trailer brake controller
and upfitter switches. The result is a clean, uncluttered interior.
Super Duty continues to lead the class in interior space. Various front
seats are available, including a 40/20/40 split bench that offers a fold-down
center arm rest with storage bin and two cup holders.
Rear seats offer convenient interior cargo options. The available Crew
Cab Flex Fold™ rear bench seat, introduced in the 2004 model year,
allows the user to fold down one or both seatbacks to create a flat shelf,
or fold the seat bottoms up and fold out a flat steel load floor. The
rear doors of Crew Cab models to swing open 76 degrees, for better access
to the rear seating area.
Ford’s Super Duty lineup includes F-250 and F-350 pickups, as well
as F-350, F-450 and F-550 chassis cabs, and is a part of Ford’s
F-Series truck family – America’s best-selling truck for the
past 27 years, and the best-selling vehilce, car or truck, for the past
Ford F-Series Super Duty will be built at Ford’s Kentucky Truck
Plant in Louisville, Ky., and will arrive in dealerships this fall.