The 2018 Ford F-250 has a newly rated 6.7L Power Stroke V8 turbo-diesel under the hood. The new rating is 450 horsepower @ 2,800 rpm and 935 lb-ft of torque @ 1,800 rpm. This is five horsepower more than the 6.6L Duramax V8 in GM’s heavy duty trucks, and five lb-ft of torque more than the 6.7L Cummins I6 in the Ram HDs.
How do these numbers translate to real-world performance? We are here to find out by putting this 2018 F250 Platinum crew cab 4×4 short bed truck through the Ike Gauntlet™ – world’s toughest towing test.
The Ike Gauntlet™ is an 8-mile long stretch of the steepest and highest elevation interstate highway in the country. It’s a 7% grade with a total elevation of 11,158 feet above sea level. The air density is about 32% less at the top the mountain than at sea level.
This truck is equipped with 3.55 rear axle ratio and enough optional equipment to push the price to over $76,000. Check out the video for the final score from the towing test and some behind the scenes as we battle the unpredictable weather.