For 2005, a new 6.8-liter V-10 gains 52 horsepower compared with its predecessor, and the 5.4-liter V-8 produces 40 hp more than the previous version. A new TowCommand System with an integrated electric trailer-brake controller is said to be an industry first. Design revisions incorporate elements of the Mighty F-350 Tonka concept truck.
The full-size F-350 Super Duty pickup comes in regular-cab, SuperCab and Crew Cab configurations and is offered in XL, XLT and Lariat trim levels. Harley-Davidson and King Ranch editions are offered. Available with a "flame" paint option for 2005, the Harley-Davidson model has 20-inch aluminum wheels, a chrome tubular step bar, Harley-Davidson Bar & Shield logos and other distinct styling cues.
The F-350's front-end styling is similar to that of the F-250's; both display a bolder, more upright grille than the one on the half-ton F-150. Full-size F-350 Super Duty pickups are available with a choice of five wheelbases and either a 6.75- or 8-foot cargo box. Regular-cab models have two doors, while SuperCab pickups add rear half-doors. Crew Cab models have four conventional front-hinged doors. These pickups can have rear- or four-wheel drive and single or dual rear wheels on each side.
Front tow hooks are standard. XLT models feature a chrome front bumper and bright grille, versus an argent grille for the XL. Stepping up to the Lariat edition adds standard cab steps, fog lamps and a sliding rear window.
Either two or three occupants can fit inside a regular-cab pickup. SuperCab and Crew Cab models hold up to four, five or six occupants, depending on the model.
Extra equipment on the XLT includes air conditioning, power windows and locks, cloth seats, cruise control, a tilt steering wheel and a CD player. A power driver's seat and leather front seats go in the Lariat.
Under the Hood
Three engines are available in the F-350 Super Duty. The 5.4-liter V-8 produces 300 hp, while the 6.8-liter V-10 is rated at 362 hp and 457 pounds-feet of torque. An available 6.0-liter turbo-diesel V-8 generates 325 hp and 570 pounds-feet of torque. A six-speed-manual transmission is standard, and a five-speed automatic is optional.
Only the federally required front airbags are installed. Antilock brakes are standard.