The American company introduced today at the State Fair of Texas, the new 2015 F-Series Super Duty lineup – featuring a second-generation 6.7-liter Power Stroke V8 turbo diesel engine, increased towing capabilities and a refreshed, Texas-inspired King Ranch model.
The turbocharged 6.7-liter Power Stroke V8 is currently rated at 400 hp and 800 pound-feet of torque, and Ford only tells us the new and improved Power Stroke can “produce power beyond today’s” engine. The new Power Stroke features a Garrett GT37 turbine unit 72.5 millimeters in diameter, eclipsing the old GT32’s 64-mm diameter piece; it also gets a new high-pressure fuel pump and injectors that deliver more fuel and improve combustion.
To help the engine cope with the added power, it gets a new five-layer head gasket, a new four-layer exhaust-manifold gasket, material added for durability to the cylinder heads, valvetrain and exhaust manifold, stronger piston assemblies and a stronger crankshaft. The six-speed automatic transmission is equipped with a stronger torque converter.
“Truck leadership means never resting, and the Super Duty team has been tireless in finding ways to improve the industry’s most popular heavy-duty pickups,” said Joe Hinrichs, executive vice president and president of The Americas, Ford Motor Company. “Super Duty diesel customers will benefit from improved performance and features backed by outstanding Built Ford Tough durability.”
The 2015 Ford F-450 tops the F-Series Super Duty pickup truck lineup with maximum towing and hauling capability. Changes for 2015 include a strengthened frame, suspension, new commercial-grade 19.5-inch wheels and tires, and core work components shared with F-Series Super Duty chassis cab models.
The Super Duty King Ranch Edition F-Series remains largely the same, except for some cosmetic updates. The “Running W” emblem that adorns King Ranch trucks – and the ranch that inspires them – has received extra attention for 2015. The W is cut out and stitched into the seat backs and center console in a way that makes the emblem look branded. Ford also says that a “richer, lighter shade of Mesa leather” is used for the seats, center console lid, armrests and steering wheel, while the exterior gets a new, darker shade of Caribou paint for the wheel lips, bumpers and lower body.