Have you ever seen Ford sit back and let another automaker outsmart them? Us neither. The 2023 Super Duty pickup truck takes a page out of the Ram HD playbook by adding a high-output version of the Power Stroke diesel engine. How does the horsepower increase change things for this new Ford truck?
How Much Power Can The New 2023 Ford Super Duty Pickup Deliver?
In its most powerful form, the 2023 Super Duty delivers 500 horsepower and 1,200 lb-ft of torque. This represents the most horsepower in any of the heavy trucks in the one- and three-quarter-ton classes. This power output comes from the massive 6.7-litre Power Stroke turbocharged diesel V8 engine.
This new high-performance diesel engine sits at the top of the range, with three lower-power options for Ford Super Duty. The standard Power Stroke layout offers 475 horsepower and 1,050 lb-ft of torque, which is still impressively strong. Below that, we see a 7.3-liter V8 tuned to 430 horsepower and 485 pound-feet of torque along with a 6.8-liter V8 rated at 405 horsepower and 445 pound-feet of torque.
All engines in this new Ford pickup use a 10-speed automatic transmission configured in RWD or 4WD.
This new Ford truck is the first to hit 40,000 pounds of towing
Ford has a long history of building the strongest, toughest trucks available. The Ford Super Duty has come in three sizes for years. These sizes are F-250, F-350, and F-450. When equipped with a gooseneck trailer and the high-output Power Stroke engine, the 2023 Ford F-450 Super Duty can tow up to 40,000 pounds. This is the first truck in the class to achieve this towing rating.
The F-350, with the high-output Power Stroke diesel engine and gooseneck hitch, now hit 38,000 pounds of towing. When equipped with a conventional hitch, the new Ford F-350 pickup can tow up to 30,000 pounds.
Is the Ford Super Duty heavier than before?
Yes, the 2023 Ford F-350 Super Duty can haul up to 8,000 pounds in the bed. This figure is much higher than the 4,713 pounds for the 2022 model year.
To achieve this higher payload rating, the 2023 Super Duty must be configured as the F-350 XL with RWD, dual rear wheels, regular cab, high-output Power Stroke diesel engine, and the Heavy-Duty Payload Package.
In addition to the added strength to tow up to 40,000 pounds and haul up to 8,000 pounds, the new Ford Super Duty includes several technological features that make towing and hauling much easier. Some of these include a tow navigation feature, a built-in generator, and on-board scales.
Are there other changes to the 2023 Super Duty?
JD Power highlights other upgrades for this new Ford truck, including enhanced technology with a suite of cloud-based services, while also being the first truck to come with integrated 5G technology.
Some of the appearance packages offered for the F-150 make the heavy-duty truck market available on the Ford Super Duty. Some of these include STX, Sport and Black packages that offer specialized styling and graphics and a new XL Off-Road package. The new XL Off-Road Package includes:
- 33-inch off-road tires
- A raised air dam
- skid plates
- An electronic locking rear differential
- Special axle tubes for water fording
The new 2023 Super Duty is the toughest truck in its class and the furthest away from the competition. The Power Stroke-equipped Ford Super Duty was already the strongest truck on the market, and now it packs a bigger punch.
Check out the diesel engines offered in the heavy trucks below, or learn more about the 2023 Super Duty in this video below: