Though appearances stay the same, this beast is changed big in ways you don’t see
Here’s a truck for folks who really need a workhorse with really high tow ratings. Although it doesn’t appear very different from last year’s model on the outside, underneath there have been major changes.
Ford’s 6.7L Power Stroke turbodiesel V-8 is in its second-generation, and the larger Garrett GT37 VGT turbocharger will boost performance at higher altitudes, offer greater power potential and deliver better exhaust braking capability. The new turbocharger also has improved oil and cooling lines and exhaust brake operation can be manually controlled by a switch on the instrument panel. The 19.5-inch alloy wheels are back too.
The standard 6.7-liter turbodiesel V8 powerplant has 440 horsepower at 2800 rpm and 860 lb-ft of torque at 1600 rpm. Additionally, the six-speed automatic transmission now comes with a stronger torque converter. Additionaly an improved frame and suspension adds to its towing prowess. Tow ratings have been increased to 31,200 pounds for fifth-wheel trailers.
The F-450 Super Duty is offered in five levels, base XL, XLT, Lariat, the King Ranch and the top-line Platinum. The cab is the big 6-passenger, 4-door Crew Cab, and dual rear wheels are standard. The King Ranch edition gets an upgraded interior, added colors and special graphics, plus new exterior colors. Lariat and higher trim levels have rear parking sensors, remote engine start, rear-view cameras and power-sliding rear windows. King Ranch and Platinum editions come with a standard Sony audio system with CD player, 9 speakers, satellite radio and MyFordTouch display, plus a nav system. All trim levels have available FX Off-Road Package, fifth-wheel towing-prep package, spray-in bed liner. XLT and higher trim packages come with trailer sway control and integrated trailer brake controller. All models get ABS and traction control.