We’ve just given you the full rundown of the new 2011 Ford F-Series Super Duty’s power, towing and hauling specs. The numbers are best in class in most areas, but we’re going to look past the dazzling figures at some interesting relative comparisons.
Let’s look at the payload ratings.
You might think the F-450 pickup would have a higher maximum payload than the F-350 pickup, but for 2011 that’s not the case. Ford reduced the F-450’s gross vehicle weight rating from 14,500 pounds in 2010 to 13,050 for 2011, decreasing maximum payload from 6,180 pounds to 4,920 pounds (highlighted in orange). The move is aimed at improving fuel economy by using new frame components and lighter axles.
But take a close look at the F-350, where the class-leading payload is limited to one very specific configuration. It’s 6,520 pounds (highlighted in yellow) for an F-350 regular-cab long-box two-wheel-drive dually with a 12,800 pound GVWR and the all-new 6.2-liter V-8. However, the same configuration in four-wheel drive with the 6.7-liter diesel is rated at 5,230 pounds (highlighted in yellow) – 1,290 pounds less. Adding four-wheel drive in similar DRW configurations subtracts 300 to 400 pounds from the maximum payload. Taking into account the extra weight of the diesel and urea SCR system could account for another 300 to 400 pounds or so.
Where did the approximately 500 pounds of extra payload capability come from? Could it be from the 385-horsepower, 405 pounds-feet 6.2-liter gas V-8 engine?