The torque wars continue with the recent announcement from Ford. The 2018 Super Duty 6.7L Power Stroke V8 turbo-diesel is now rated at 450 hp and 935 lb-ft of torque, which happens to be the most among competition from GM and Ram.
How does it compare? The Ram HD held the most torque crown for several months with 930 lb-ft of torque from their high-output 6.7L I6 Cummins engine. Chevy and GMC heavy duty trucks were kings of diesel pickup truck horsepower until this announcement with the 6.6L Duramax V8 diesel pushing out 445 horsepower.
2018 Ford Super Duty
Ford boosted the Power Stroke output by 10 horsepower and 10 lb-ft of torque by redesigning the cylinder heads and tweaking the fuel delivery and turbo boost control systems. How will do on the Ike Gauntlet – the world’s toughest towing test? We will have to wait to find out.
That’s not all. Ford is also claiming a maximum towing rating of 34,000 lbs for a gooseneck trailer with their new 2WD 2018 Ford F450 crew cab model. If maximum towing matters to you, then this 2WD F450 will be the ticket if you can find a gooseneck hitch and trailer that are properly sized and configured to handle this. Most current gooseneck trailer hitches are rated at up to 30,000 lbs.
Ford reminds us that the 2018 Super Duty is rated at a maximum of 21,000 lbs of conventional trailer towing, as well as 7.360 lbs of maximum payload capacity when properly equipped and configured.