2020 Ford Super Duty Diesel Passes 1,000 Pounds-Feet Torque, Tows 37,000 Pounds


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Ford continued its slow trickle of numbers for the 2020 Super Duty pickup truck by announcing more specs for the upcoming truck at the 2019 State Fair of Texas in Dallas, providing a lot more information about power, torque, payload and towing for some (but not all) of the heavy-duty truck's variants, both gasoline and diesel.


2020 Ford Super Duty Diesel Maximum Torque, Towing

The story here is that the 2020 Super Duty's diesel 6.7-liter Power Stroke V-8 engine will put out 475 horsepower and a class-leading 1,050 pounds-feet of torque; it's mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission. For those of you keeping score, that's 50 more pounds-feet than the previous class-leading torque-monster, the optional high-output version of the diesel 6.7-liter Cummins inline-six cylinder engine in the 2020 Ram heavy duty that puts out 1,000 pounds-feet of torque. With 1,050 pounds-feet standard in all 6.7-liter Power Strokes, the new Super Duty can tow a best-in-class 37,000 pounds when equipped with a gooseneck trailer. It also should be said that the truck with the maximum tow rating is a Super Duty F-450 4×2 regular-cab model, which isn't unusual. The Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra HDs' top tow rating of 35,500 pounds is achieved in a similarly configured unicorn truck. If you want to use a fifth wheel instead of a gooseneck, the max tow rating for the diesel engine drops to 32,500 pounds, and if you want to use a bumper pull, your maximum is 24,200 pounds. Which, it should be said, is an insane amount of weight to tow from the bumper instead of a gooseneck.

Super Duty 7.3-liter V-8 Maximum Payload

Gas engine versions of the Super Duty also get some best-in-class kudos. The new-for-2020 gasoline 7.3-liter V-8 engine (this engine also pairs with the 10-speed transmission in most configurations) gets a best-in-class 430 horsepower and 475 pounds-feet of torque, while the maximum payload capacity of the standard 6.2-liter gas-engine Super Duty is a best-in-class 7,850 pounds. Ford also announced that the upcoming 2020 Super Duty with the Tremor Off-Road Package will have a maximum towing capacity of 15,000 pounds for a conventional trailer and 21,900 for a gooseneck when equipped with a diesel engine, while the maximum payload will be 4,210 pounds with the 7.3-liter gasoline engine.

More to Come

What we don't know are the payload or towing capacities for some of the lesser versions of the Super Duty, the ones people actually tend to buy: the F-250 and F-350. All Ford said was that the numbers for those trucks have also increased, but we still don't have the full specs to know by just how much. Nor did Ford specify maximum towing capacity for the Tremor package with the gasoline engine or what the diesel engine's maximum payload might be.

For now, however, Ford seems to have taken king-of-the-hill status for its heavy-duty trucks for towing, power, torque and payload — at least until the next round of posturing sees another automaker temporarily swipe the title back. Once we get the full specs for the entire lineup, we'll be sure to make some competitive comparisons for all versions of the new 2020 Super Duty.

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