The Ford Super Duty is a two-door, three passenger heavy-duty pickup, and a four-door, five to six passenger heavy-duty pickup. While the Ford F-150 pickup comes in enough versions to please just about anyone, there is still a sizeable market out there for a more heavy-duty version of the truck aimed squarely at more extreme towing and hauling applications. In order to meet this need, Ford created the Super Duty line, which comprise the F-250, F-350 and F-450. These vehicles are designed to go above and beyond the job description of the standard pickup, and are some of the most rugged consumer vehicles available from the company.
The Super Duty trucks are distinguishable from the F-150 through their bulkier, larger outward appearance. The current generation of Super Duty vehicles is new for this year. While in many respects the capabilities of some of the Super Duty line are similar to previous versions, the engineering of the platform has been refined, as have the engine choices. Super Duty buyers get to select from a 300 horsepower 5.4 liter Triton V8 (which is the top of the line for the F-150), a 6.8 liter V10 that generates 362 horsepower and 457 lb-ft of torque, or a new 6.4 liter diesel V8. This last option churns out an incredible 650 lb-ft of torque, making it the engine of choice for those with extremely heavy loads to haul. Each of these engines can be had with either a 6-speed manual transmission or a 5-speed automatic.
The Super Duty trucks represent more than just a horsepower upgrade. The chassis of each of these vehicles is significantly heavier and stronger than any standard pickup truck. This allows the Super Duty trucks to boast some truly impressive payload capacities, with the F-450 topping out at 6,120 lbs of maximum weight in the cargo bed. The extra strength also translates into whopping towing capabilities. The barebones F-250 starts where most trucks peak – 9,100 lbs – and the diesel F-450 can handle up to 16,000 lbs. That is almost twice the pulling strength of the F-150 or Expedition. Part of this towing ability is also derived from the ‘dually’ wheels that can be fitted to the Super Duty trucks, allowing them to better spread out the load of a trailer across their suspension and frame.
Similar to the F-150, the Super Duty trucks can be ordered in many different trim levels, ranging from the entry-level XL to the King Ranch and Super Lariat. Some packages are only available for a specific weight-class of truck, so it is important to be specific when pricing or optioning one of these vehicles. It is safe to say that whatever the luxury or utility requirements of the buyer, there is a trim level which can match their expectations. The Harley-Davidson and 60th Anniversary trucks are also available in Super Duty form, and 4-wheel drive is available across all trims.
The Ford Super Duty lineup is an extremely capable, highly focused range of pickup trucks which can handle almost any task which is thrown their way. It is no surprise that they are among the first choices of farmers, corporations and professional haulers across North America.***** The 2009 Ford Super Duty is a carryover from 2008. The 2009 Super Duty is available in a wide range of different trims and configurations. The two primary versions of the Super Duty are the F-250 and the F-350. Each of these trucks can be ordered in XL, XLT, Lariat, King Ranch, Harley-Davidson and Cabela’s trim. An F-450 is also available as a stand-alone edition of the Super Duty.
All versions of the F-250 and F-350, with the exception of the Harley-Davidson trim and the F-350 DRW Crew Cab come equipped with a 5.4 liter V8 engine as standard equipment. This motor produces 300 horsepower and 365 lb-ft of torque, and is matched with a 6-speed manual transmission. A 5-speed automatic is optional. There are two additional engines available for all trim levels, a 6.8 liter V10 that produces 362 horsepower and 457 lb-ft of torque (not available on the F-450) and a 6.4 liter turbodiesel V8 that produces 350 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque. Each of these motors uses the same transmission options as the base V8. The latter engine is standard equipment on the F-450. Fuel economy for these engines varies due to different chassis weight configurations and wheelbases. Four-wheel drive can be ordered on every Super Duty truck.