DEARBORN, Mich., – Ford continues to update the F-Series lineup for 2013, raising the level of towing, hauling and braking for its Super Duty.
“Super Duty pickups and chassis cabs are the segment benchmarks, chosen by tradesmen more than any other heavy-duty truck to get the job done,” said Raj Nair, Ford group vice president, Global Product Development. “To help our customers continue to become more productive and efficient, we’ve increased our towing and payload capability yet again.”
F-Series Super Duty trucks are engineered to meet the demands of the toughest customers. With their needs in mind, Ford engineers have raised conventional towing capacity to 8409 kg (18,500 lbs), besting the nearest competitor by 227 kg (500 lbs).
Increased towing brawn goes hand-in-hand with improved payload capability to 3300 kg (7,260 lbs).
F-Series Super Duty’s payload numbers are supported by an improved brake system that delivers increased capability and usability.
Braking engineers increased brake rotor swept area by 16.4 percent in front and 14.5 percent in the rear for maximum braking to help dissipate heat, especially on long downhill grades.
These changes support a 318 kg (700 lbs) increase in the maximum Gross Vehicle Weight Rating to 6364 kg (14,000 lbs.). Improved brake pads and a retuned booster enable enhanced pedal brake feel to increase driver confidence.
“We’ve really improved brake feel,” said Michael Watkins, brake system engineer. “There’s refined modulation in the pedal – you really feel the stopping power. With a full load of cargo, drivers will notice strong, confidence-inspiring brakes.”
A larger parking brake for F-250 and F-350 models also allowed an increase in maximum payload rating.
Available adjustable pedals also enhance customer comfort by personalizing the interface between driver and brake system.
Source: PRNewswire / Ford