We've looked at the design and styling, and now we're hopping in to experience the performance and handling of the new Ford Super Duty.
While the new Super Duty is undoubtedly one of the toughest trucks in North Dakota – you'll be riding confidently and smoothly, whether on the worksite, on the highway, in the field, or in a parking lot.
In this post, we'll outline the engines, transmissions, and other features which give the new Super Duty excellent performance and handling.
The 2019 Super Duty comes with a choice of two engines: the 6.2L Flex-Fuel Gas V8, or the 6.7L Power Stroke® Turbo Diesel.
Let's start with the 6.2L gas option. We want you to take a close look at this engine here in Bismarck. No other gas-powered heavy-duty truck matches its 430 lb.-ft. of torque. The 6.2L is engineered to deliver peak torque at lower RPM and it generates high torque throughout the midrange of the power band – giving you the power you need to tow confidently, to keep momentum on the interstate or to climb hills here in Western N.D.
Plus, with the 6.2L gas option, shifting is noticeably smooth with the Ford TorqShift® G 6-speed in the F-250. An optional Live-Drive PTO Provision with Mobile Mode is also available with the gas engine in the F-350.
Now let's take a look at the big horse: the 6.7L Power Stroke Turbo Diesel. This B20-capable option delivers best-in-class 450 horsepower and 935 lb.-ft. of torque. The Power Stroke also features a unique inverse-flow configuration: the exhaust manifolds and turbo are mounted in between the cylinder heads above the block, which allows a large single turbo to be mounted closer to the exhaust for faster air displacement and more power.
Another notable feature on the 6.7L diesel is the compacted graphite iron engine block which is stronger yet lighter than traditional cast iron.
The 6.7L Power Stroke also features a driver-activated engine-exhaust brake. This restricts the turbo's exhaust flow to generate back pressure and slow the vehicle, providing better control while traveling downhill or with large loads. This engine brake helps to reduce wear and tear on the brake linings, which lowers the cost of maintenance. This "Jake brake" also comes with an auto setting which modulates engine braking as needed to help maintain the speed you want based on your own accelerator and brake pedal use.
As any truck driver knows, an engine is only as capable as its transmission. Ford paired each of the two engines in the 2019 Super Duty with a great transmission: The Ford TorqShift 6-speed automatic.
This intelligent transmission gives the truck responsive power delivery and seamless shifting. The SelectShift® feature on this transmission includes something called "Progressive Range Select for overdrive lockout, as well as a "Full Manual" option.
The TorqShift transmission's Tow/Haul feature minimizes gear hunting while going uphill and prevents upshifting and gaining speed while going downhill – intelligently reducing the need to frequently hit the brakes to regulate speed.
Whether your Super Duty runs on diesel or gas, you have the option to get the class-exclusive Live-Drive Power Takeoff (PTO) Provision with Mobile Mode. An output gear connected to the crankshaft powers a PTO when the engine is running, whether in motion or stopped. Multiple accessories such as air compressors, generators, hydraulic pumps, winches, vacuums, fire pumps, and more) can be operated at the same time when the truck is stopped.
Not only does Super Duty deliver the power you need to get the job done, but it also allows you to do your job in comfort – and with confidence.
This 2019 model was tested at temperatures from -20 to 120 degrees. This is a range that is almost too relatable for us here in Western North Dakota.
Ford also subjected the new Super Duty to four-post frame twists, gravel, dust, water, brine, and mud baths. If you can think of it – they tested in it. Ford even intentionally tested this new pickup with worn or broken parts.
These extreme conditions often went far beyond what we see in Bismarck, but the point is this: the new 2019 Super Duty is ready for our toughest jobs.
If you're looking for a heavy duty pickup with good utility and some decent power behind it, you'll want to stop in for a test drive soon. Check out our great selection of new 2019 Super Duty trucks here in Bismarck, and let us know how we can help.