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Ford Super Duty Through The Years

The Ford F-Series Super Duty line is a totally different animal compared to the F-150 so we’re going through the years to learn more  

A Look Back at All Ford Super Duty Generations 

In the late 1990s, Ford was successfully selling its heavy duty version of the F-150 but there was a problem. Competition from Chevrolet and Ford was making it harder to build a product that could meet the needs of commercial customers on the F-150 platform. To solve the problem, Ford decided that its heavy-duty series would get an entirely new lease on life. No longer tied directly to the F-150, the new Super Duty line would use a tougher set of components. It would be bigger too. And it would offer commercial-grade strength and capability on a level that Ford never had before.

1st Gen (99-07) 

2006 Ford F-350 - netcarshow.com

2006 Ford F-350 – netcarshow.com |  Shop Ford F-350 Super Duty on Carsforsale.com

  • While Ford had used the term ‘Super Duty’ in the past to refer to different products, it was cemented in the lexicon as the name for all heavy-duty trucks when it was introduced on March 5th, 1998.
  • Production of the first F-250 and F-350 Super Dutys began in 1998 and offered three different cab variants.
  • Buyers could choose from a standard cab, a SuperCab, or a full four-door crew cab. 8 and 6 ¾-foot beds were both available.
2002 Ford F-250 - carsforsale.com
2002 Ford F-250 - carsforsale.com
  • Three engines including a 5.4-liter V8, a 6.8-liter V10, and a 7.3-liter PowerStroke diesel were initially available. In 2003, Ford replaced the 7.3-liter PowerStroke diesel with the 6.0-liter PowerStroke V8 diesel engine.
  • Every aspect of the truck was larger than the normal F-150 including the frame, the interior, and the storage spaces.
  • Large mirrors accompanied the truck too and much of its styling was drawn from commercial Ford vehicles of the time.
  • The small droop in the front of the side windows is a direct reference to those commercial vehicles which used the additional window space for better visibility.
  • In 2002, Ford updated the Super Duty series with both a new gauge cluster and updated drivetrains.
2006 Ford F-350 - netcarshow.com
2006 Ford F-350 - netcarshow.com
  • Vehicles equipped with automatic transmissions received a special gauge to keep track of transmission fluid temperatures and diesel owners got an air filter service indicator.
  • For the next few years Ford continued to make small improvements to the platform with better materials and in 2006, new 20-inch wheels.
  • In its final year of the generation, Ford added a 4.10 rear axle to trucks with the V8 and added a Lariat Outlaw package with black and red trim.

2nd Gen (08-10) 

2008 Ford F-250 - netcarshow.com
2008 Ford F-250 - netcarshow.com
  • Under the body of the 2008 Super Duty, Ford strengthened the chassis, the powertrain, and the suspension.
  • That suspension was also better at handling poor road conditions which made the cabin more comfortable and less jarring.
  • An updated 6.4-liter diesel became available with 350-horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque.
  • Ford also updated the interior with more luxurious features and even a standard MP3 audio jack.
2010 Ford F-250 - carsforsale.com
2010 Ford F-250 - carsforsale.com
  • The next year, Ford added its Sync voice control system. An optional in-dash infotainment system was also available for the first time.
  • At the same time, Ford wasn’t matching the power output of other trucks with its base V8 and it still didn’t have a telescoping steering wheel.
  • By 2010, Sync became a standard feature on all but the XL trim and an automatic transmission was standard on the top two trims.
  • Despite those improvements, Ford had been working on another all-new generation that would debut for the 2011 model year.

3rd Gen (11-16) 

2011 Ford F-250 - carsforsale.com
2011 Ford F-250 - carsforsale.com
  • A huge styling update was the most obvious change for the 2011 Super Duty but that wasn’t where the fun stopped.
  • Ford introduced new engines across the lineup including a new 6.2-liter V8 and a 6.7-liter diesel.
  • When first introduced, the diesel engine made 390-horsepower and 735 pound-feet of torque.
  • Just a few months later, Chevrolet introduced a new heavy duty truck with 397-horsepower and 765 pound-feet of torque.
2015 Ford F-350 - carsforsale.com
2015 Ford F-350 - carsforsale.com
  • Ford responded by immediately updating their own diesel to develop 400-horsepower and 800 pound-feet of torque.
  • Maximum towing capacity for the F-250 was 16,500 pounds when the truck was configured for fifth-wheel hauling.
  • The F-350 was even more capable with a maximum towing capacity of 21,600-pounds.
  • Ford also added a 4.2-inch LCD screen in the gauge cluster and lockable storage under the rear seats.
2013 Ford F-350 - carsforsale.com
2013 Ford F-350 - carsforsale.com
  • In 2013, some major updates took place including the introduction of the super-luxurious Platinum trim.
  • Ford also added larger brakes and an 8-inch infotainment system with its proprietary MyFord Touch technology.
  • The Super Duty series went largely unchanged until an all-new update arrived in 2017.

4th Gen (17-Present) 

2018 Ford-F-250 - media.ford.com
2018 Ford-F-250 - media.ford.com
  • In the same way that the first generation of Super Duty trucks changed the market, the fourth-generation was equally groundbreaking.
  • Just as in previous generations, Ford strengthened the chassis and the drivetrain across the entire Super Duty lineup.
  • That process added quite a bit of weight so Ford used aluminum components for the body panels and the pickup box.
  • A slew of improved technology is now a part of the Super Duty series too including LED headlights, adaptive cruise control, and 360-degree camera system.
2020 Ford F-250 - media.ford.com
2020 Ford F-250 - media.ford.com
  • The new base V8 makes 385-horsepower and 430 pound-feet of torque. That might sound like a lot but it pales in comparison to the diesel.
  • That updated 6.7-liter PowerStroke makes 440-horsepower and an almost unbelievable 925 pound-feet of torque.
  • In 2019, Ford added a Bang & Olufsen sound system to replace an outgoing Sony version.
  • For 2020, a new 7.3-liter V8 with 430-horsepower is introduced as an upgrade over the base 6.2-liter V8.
  • That 7.3-liter unit is mated to an all-new 10-speed transmission.
2022 Ford Super Duty Limited - media.ford.com

2022 Ford Super Duty Limited – media.ford.com |  Shop Ford F-250 Super Duty on Carsforsale.com

  • The diesel also gets an update with more power raising its torque figure to 1,050 foot-pounds.
  • A new Tremor package is also added to the Super Duty lineup with more off-road equipment.
  • For the 2022 model year, Ford has introduced Sync4 with a 12-inch infotainment system.
  • The King Ranch and the Platinum trims now both get 4WD as standard equipment.

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Niel Stender

Niel Stender grew up doing replacement work on his 1990 Cherokee and 1989 Starion, so it’s not surprising that he would put his mechanical engineering degree from the University of New Hampshire to use in the car world as a vehicle dynamics engineer. Now engineering sentence structures, his writing infuses his auto experience with his time in marketing and his sales experience. Writing about cars for close to a decade now, he focuses on some of the more technical mechanical systems that are found under the hood and throughout a vehicle.

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