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Improvements throughout Super Duty line

Improvements throughout Super Duty line

A beefed-up frame and hitch enable conventional trailer tow ratings of 17,500 pounds for both the Ford F-350 and F-450 (dual rear wheels) equipped with the available 6.7-litre Power Stroke V8 turbocharged diesel engine.

Higher-strength steel in a frame crossmember and an upgraded trailer hitch give the truck the additional towing capacity. These actions also boosted the F-350 DRW 4x2 pickup maximum payload to 7,110 pounds and maximum fifth-wheel towing to 22,700 pounds.

The Power Stroke delivers 800 lb.-ft. of torque and 400 horsepower and delivers as much as 20 percent better fuel economy than the 6.4-litre it replaced. The engine can also run on up to B20 biodiesel fuel.

The standard 6.2-litre V8 gas engine has 15 percent better fuel economy compared with the previous engine and produces 405 lb.-ft. of torque and 385 horsepower. It is capable of running on E85 ethanol. New for 2012 is a compressed natural gas/propane prep engine option.

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