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2017 Ford F-450 Super Duty has 32,500-LB Tow Rating

The 2017 Ford F-450 Super Duty truck has its tow rating—and it is impressive. With a gooseneck trailer, the F-450 has a maximum towing capacity of 32,500 pounds. That is 1,300 pounds more than the outgoing model of truck. 

The improvement in towing capacity comes from the automaker’s move to an all-aluminum body, which cut 350 pounds from the truck’s overall weight. Add in the fact the F-450 has an all-new, fully boxed frame with 95-percent high-strength steel and you get a frame that is 24 times stiffer than before. The F-450 has a best-in-class fifth-wheel towing capacity of 27,500 pounds, according to Ford with a max payload of 7,630 pounds. The F-250 and F-350 have a towing capacity of 18,000 pounds.

All that towing capacity will have a bit more grunt behind it than before. The 6.7-liter turbodiesel Power Stroke V-8 makes the same 480 horsepower, but torque has been upped from 860 pound-feet to 925(!)—that is a hefty increase. The gasoline-powered 6.2-lier V-8 has torque up from 405 lb-ft to 420 with horsepower unchanged from 385—which Ford claims is best-in-class. 

If you were hoping for more horsepower, sorry? But then again, why are you buying a Ford Super Duty truck for the horsepower? It is the torque that matters. Pricing has not been announced. 

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