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2008 Ford F-Series Super Duty

Written by PFM Staff

The Ford F-Series Super Duty® has been overhauled for the 2008 model year, and they go on sale in early 2007. Ford’s Super Duty pickup offers best-in-class payload, gross vehicle weight ratings (GVWR) and trailer tow ratings. About 40% of Ford F-Series sales are Super Duty models.

The Super Duty is offered in three cab styles: Regular Cab, SuperCab and Crew Cab; and with two bed lengths: 6 ¾-foot and 8-foot. The new and more powerful 6.4L Power Stroke® Diesel is Ford’s cleanest and quietest diesel engine in a pickup ever sold in America.

And the line of Ford Super Duty trucks has been expanded for 2008, with an even more capable workhorse. The new F-450 pickup model joins lineup, offering industry-leading towing capacity in excess of 24,000 pounds and maximum payload of more than 6,000 pounds.

The 2007 F-350 Super Duty already offered best-in-class maximum payload of 5,800 pounds and maximum towing capacity of 19,200 pounds. The new 2008 F-450 pickup widens the capability gap, offering a maximum payload of more than 6,000 pounds and towing capacity of more than 24,000 pounds—a 5,000-pound increase over the class-leading F-350. All of this added capability comes with the same increased level of refinement found in the new 2008 F-250 Super Duty and F-350 Super Duty.

A 6.4-liter Power Stroke Diesel joins a powertrain lineup that already includes the segment’s most powerful gasoline engine, the 362 hp, 6.8L V-10 Triton. Nearly three-quarters of all Ford Super Duty trucks sold are diesel-powered.

The diesel engine team began by collecting real-world data from working Super Duty commercial customers, tracking their daily duty cycles. That data was used to develop durability tests that more closely represented real-world use. To better assure durability, the tests were conducted using the most extreme and abusive conditions and run to five times the lifecycle that the hardest-working truck would ever experience.

The 6.4L Power Stroke delivers 350 hp at 3,000 rpm and 650 lb-ft. of torque starting at 2,000 rpm. The Ford Clean Diesel Technology includes, among other features, a high-pressure, common rail fuel system, Piezo-electric fuel injectors and an advanced diesel particulate filter system to deliver strong performance while reducing particulate output by more than 90% and posting emissions numbers on par with gasoline engines.

Diesel customers can opt for the innovative Rapid Heat supplemental heating system—the first of its kind in North America—that augments the diesel truck’s heater to provide faster warm-up on cold mornings.

The Power Stroke uses sequential turbochargers to improve response and better low-end performance. The smaller, variable geometry turbocharger comes on at low rpm to provide extra boost at take-off. The larger fixed turbo joins the smaller turbo to boost power through the middle of the torque curve. As optimum speed is reached, the larger turbo takes over. This 6.4L diesel produces zero to 60 mph times more than a second faster than the outgoing 6.0L diesel.

Transmission choices include a six-speed manual with overdrive or a TorqShift™ five-speed automatic. Both two- and four-wheel-drive models will be available.

The all-new interior builds around a prominent center stack that houses most of the vehicle’s switches, integrating all functions into one easy-to-reach central area. The auxiliary switches and Trailer Brake Control system are now fully integrated into the center stack.

Super Duty uses several innovative technologies to provide an ultra-quiet cabin. Quiet Steel®, a unique composite laminated steel sheet, makes up the vehicle’s dash panel and works with extra sound padding in the dash and floor, a rear bulkhead panel and thicker side glass to help keep unwanted noise out of the cabin.

Super Duty offers innovations as the industry’s first power-fold and power-telescoping side mirrors. The power-fold and power-telescoping side mirrors extend outward up to 2.75 inches and feature a power-adjustable main mirror with a manually adjusted spotter mirror that is more than double the size of the previous generation. The mirrors are integrated into the vehicle’s seat-position and pedal-memory system. The mirrors also feature heated glass, clearance lamps and integrated turn signals.

The optional tailgate step is fully integrated into the tailgate and virtually invisible when not in use. The entire feature is housed in the tailgate with the lower step becoming the center of the top rail of the tailgate when not in use.

Ford’s available TowCommand™ System includes a special trailer brake strategy for when the truck’s anti-lock braking system detects poor traction. Ford’s TowCommand System also includes the TorqShift™ transmission with tow-haul mode and trailer tow mirrors. TorqShift with tow-haul mode changes shift points under acceleration, keeping the truck at a higher rpm and further up in the power range.


Published in Police Fleet Manager, Nov/Dec 2006

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