Downsizing might have taken over most of the segments in the auto industry, but these large American pickup trucks continue to pack monstrous engines under the hood. This one is the model year 2020 Ford F-Series Super Duty.
One of the engines on offer is a 7.3-litre V8 gasoline – claimed to be the largest in its class. Its output figures are not available at the moment. Transmission is taken care by a new 10-speed TorqShift automatic. Also on offer is a 6.2-litre V8 gasoline and a 6.7-litre Power Stroke diesel V8.
Ford says that the new 7.3L engine is expected to be the most powerful gas V8 in its class. It uses a new cam-in-block, overhead valve architecture with cast iron block and forged steel crankshaft for maximum durability. Port injection with variable-valve timing optimizes the intake and exhaust to match performance with workloads. Oil jets cool the pistons under heavy loads.
As for the 6.7-litre Power Stroke diesel, it includes a new 36,000-psi fuel injection system with new injectors that precisely meter and spray up to 8 times per stroke to control noise levels and optimize combustion. The engine also features redesigned electronic-actuated variable-geometry turbocharger that provides improved pumping efficiency and throttle response. Structural enhancements increase the strength of the cylinder head, block, connecting rods and bearings to handle higher cylinder pressure and increased output. New steel pistons provide higher firing pressure capability and less friction – meaning improved performance and more horsepower and torque than ever, Ford said.
2020 Ford F-250 King Ranch
For 2020, the F-Series get Pro Trailer Backup Assist which helps the drivers easily steer the trailer via the reverse camera. Also included is FordPass Connect embedded 4G LTE modem with Wi-Fi access for up to 10 devices, wireless charging and USB-C ports. Pre-Collision Assist with Automatic Emergency Braking are standard on XLT and above Super Duty models. Options include lane-keeping alert and Blind Spot Information System with trailer coverage.
The aforementioned TorqShift automatic offers selectable drive modes including normal, tow/haul, eco, slippery, deep sand and snow. Ford says that the unit fits in the same space as the 6-speed, and weighs only 3.5 pounds (1.6 kg) more.