2020 Ford Super Duty's New 7.3-liter V8 Approved for 430 Horsepower

Matt Posky
by Matt Posky
2020 ford super dutys new 7 3 liter v8 approved for 430 horsepower

Earlier this year, Ford teased a bunch of updates for its 2020 F-Series Super Duty pickups — including the all-new 7.3-liter V8 the automaker planned on offering.

Timed perfectly to coincide with the exact moment we forgot the motor was supposed to be coming, Ford released some specs this week. They don’t look half bad. Designed to be as hardwearing as possible, despite not being a diesel, the Windsor-built V8 will be made broadly available — making its way inside F-53 and F-59 stripped chassis models and the upgraded E-Series van.

A less powerful 350-horsepower version with 468 lb-ft of torque will be standard for the F-450, F-550, new F-600, F-650, F-750, and the aforementioned E-Series/stripped chassis models. Meanwhile, a 430-hp variant with 475 pound-feet (available at 4000rpm) will become an optional upgrade, starting with the F-250 and F-350. Don’t worry if it’s not to your taste. The manufacturer reassured us that both the 6.2-liter gasser and 6.7-liter diesel will be retained for the 2020 model year.

The 7.3-liter engine is to be mated to Ford’s new 10-speed “TorqShift” automatic transmission on all models except F-650 and F-750, which will keep the 6-speed. An optional calibration intended to help customers minimize their fuel consumption will also be offered, but the company said more information will be made available at a later date. Super Duty towing and payload ratings, as well as the stats for the upgraded 6.7-liter Power Stroke, will also be announced later this year. Considering we’ve had to wait two decades for Ford to update the BIG gasoline engines in the heavy-duty lineup, we suppose we can endure a few more months for the rest.

As previously stated, Ford’s pushing the new V8 as bulletproof. To make its case, it cited a variable-displacement oil pump, extra-large main bearings, a forged steel crankshaft, piston cooling jets, and years of “commercial engine experience.” However, as good as the new, under-stressed motor sounds, we’re honestly a little more excited for the updated 6.7-liter turbo diesel. We imagine its specifications will put the big gasser to shame by offering more thrust than a Saturn V rocket.

[Images: Ford Motor Co.]

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  • Johnnyz Johnnyz on Aug 01, 2019

    Yea, had a f250 with a inline 6, sold it got a high Sierra with a 6.2 diesel to save gas. Bad move, GM sux- cracked head issues. Mopar 5.7 now. Had a 2016 2.7t f150, too high strung- fast though. Detonated in mountainous driving.

  • Jthorner Jthorner on Aug 04, 2019

    Emissions control requirements have made the economics of modern diesel engines ever less compelling. The long term maintenance cost of the fuel and emissions control systems can be staggering. Meanwhile, modern gasoline engines just keep getting better. Diesel has entered the start of its end times for anything under a 1-ton class truck.

  • Inside Looking Out In June 1973, Leonid Brezhnev arrived in Washington for his second summit meeting with President Richard Nixon. Knowing of the Soviet leader’s fondness for luxury automobiles, Nixon gave him a shiny Lincoln Continental. Brezhnev was delighted with the present and insisted on taking a spin around Camp David, speeding through turns while the president nervously asked him to slow down. https://academic.oup.com/dh/article-abstract/42/4/548/5063004
  • Bobby D'Oppo Great sound and smooth power delivery in a heavier RWD or AWD vehicle is a nice blend, but current V8 pickup trucks deliver an unsophisticated driving experience. I think a modern full-size pickup could be very well suited to a manual transmission.In reality, old school, revvy atmo engines pair best with manual transmissions because it's so rewarding to keep them in the power band on a winding road. Modern turbo engines have flattened the torque curve and often make changing gears feel more like a chore.
  • Chuck Norton For those worried about a complex power train-What vehicle doesn't have one? I drive a twin turbo F-150 (3.5) Talk about complexity.. It seems reliability based on the number of F-150s sold is a non-issue. As with many other makes/models. I mean how many operations are handle by micro processors...in today's vehicles?
  • Ravenuer The Long Island Expressway.
  • Kwik_Shift A nice stretch of fairly remote road that would be great for test driving a car's potential, rally style, is Flinton Road off of Highway 41 in Ontario. Twists/turns/dips/rises. Just hope a deer doesn't jump out at you. Also Highway 60 through Algonquin Provincial Park in Ontario. Great scenery with lots of hills.