A 10-Speed Auto And Power Stroke Torque Improvements Add To The 2020 Model Year Upgrades

Ford Super Duty

The 2020 Ford Super Duty chassis cabs will add a third engine to its lineup to slot between its entry-level 6.2L gasoline V8 and 6.7L Power Stroke diesel engines: a big block 7.3L V8. Additionally, the Power Stroke V8 gets a significant power bump in torque, from 750 lb-ft, to 825 lb-ft of torque. Horsepower stays the same in the big diesel, at 330 hp. Another major improvement is that the 10-speed TorqueFlite transmission is now standard for all engines.

As far as output goes, the all-new 7.3-liter V8 delivers a dyno-certified 350 horsepower at 3,900 rpm and best-in-class 468 ft-lbs of torque at 3,900 rpm. Comparatively, the entry-level 6.2L produces 385 hp and 430 lb-ft of torque. Power is sent to the wheels via a 10-speed automatic transmission.

The 7.3L unit is down on power from what it pushes out in the 2020 F-250 and F-350, which has a best-in-class output of 430 horsepower at 5,500 rpm and best-in-class torque of 475 ft-lbs at 4,000 rpm. However, this de-tuned version, built to withstand the harsh conditions of whatever the job is, means that there’s less duress on the engine’s components. Much like how we reported on a naturally aspirated V16 engine which could theoretically produce much more power if it were wound up a bit more.

Currently, Chevrolet does not offer its new 401 hp/464 lb-ft 6.6L gasoline V8 in its 2020 Silverado 4500, 5500 or 6500 HD trucks (although that will soon change, say sources). Ram meanwhile offers its tried-and-true 6.4L Hemi V8 rated at 410 hp and 429 lb-ft of torque in its HD chassis cab trucks.

Ford Super Duty Chassis Cabs are #1 in commercial truck class 2-5 registrations with 65.6 percent total share of the U.S market. Another best-in-class stat that the 2020 Ford Super Duty Chassis Cab lineup can currently lay claim to is a best-in-class maximum payload of 12,750 lbs. which lets customers mount everything from utility bodies to boom cranes.

To keep things connected, new Ford Telematics and Data Services are available to help fleet managers to improve asset utilization, optimize running costs, protect their vehicles and encourage better driver behavior. This advanced technology is enabled in the Super Duty lineup by the inclusion of standard FordPass Connect with 4G LTE Wi-Fi for up to 10 devices.

The 2020 Ford F-450 and F-550 Super Duty Chassis Cab trucks are available for ordering right now, with the even more capable F-600 launching towards the end of next year.

Written by Manoli Katakis

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