It may take a few years, but Ford Super Duty (F-250 to F-550) and medium-duty (F-650 and F-750) pickup trucks look like they'll be getting a new torque-heavy 7.0-liter V-8 or V-10 gas engine. And all we can say is that it's about time.
With roots going all the way back to 1997, the 6.8-liter Triton V-10 has been the engine choice for several generations of Super Duty pickups, quite a few E-Series chassis cab and cutaway vans, and many motorhome chassis. It even played a role in the ill-fated Ford Excursion SUV. But now, according to Reuters, it looks like the Essex Engine Plant in Ontario, Canada, will get a $700 million investment to bring the workhorse V-10 engine into the modern age.
We have little information about the new gas engine or any possible upgraded transmission it's likely to be mated to, but we're guessing the motor will benefit from many of the same mpg-stretching fuel economy technologies we've seen in other Ford motors recently. So, we expect it to provide more horsepower and torque while achieving better empty and loaded fuel economy numbers over the engine it's replacing. More to come.
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