2023 Ford Super Duty Trucks Go Deeper Into the HD Truck Torque War

Chris Teague
by Chris Teague

The 2023 Ford Super Duty trucks bring more power, more torque, and more capability to a segment already brimming with strong contenders.

2023 ford super duty trucks go deeper into the hd truck torque war

Ford pulled back the curtain on the new Super Duty trucks a few weeks ago, and we’re now learning how super they’ll be. The automaker says its heavy-duty trucks offer the best towing for all trailer types, best-in-class maximum payload, and 1,200 pound-feet of torque from the available high-output 6.7-liter diesel engine.

The F-450 can tow a gooseneck trailer of up to 40,000 pounds when properly equipped, and the F-350 can pull 38,000 pounds. Ford breaks down the truck segment into subsegments with each model, so these comparisons are against similar HD trucks from General Motors and Ram, such as the Silverado 3500 and Ram 3500. 

A few years ago, automakers made news with diesel engines pumping out more than 1,000 pounds of torque, and now we’re just getting into nutty territory. Four powertrain options are available for 2023, starting with a 6.8-liter gas engine with 445 pounds of torque. The 7.3-liter gas V8 delivers a best-in-class 430 horsepower and 485 pound-feet of torque. The two diesels produce more than 1,000 pound-feet, with the 6.7-liter making 1,050 and the high-output 6.7-liter V8 diesel delivering a best-in-class 1,200 pound-feet. 

The payload is also impressive, with up to 8,000 pounds available. Ford offers onboard scales that can measure loads, and several other clever in-bed upgrades are available that improve usability. A camera in the tailgate enables rear views when the gate is open, and there’s an available 2.0-kilowatt generator. 

Pricing for the 2023 Ford Super Duty trucks starts at $43,970 before a $1,795 destination charge. Ford opened the order banks today, and deliveries are scheduled for early 2023.

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  • Kcflyer Kcflyer on Oct 27, 2022

    So much haterade. Google hotshots. Additionally, you cannot pull that much without a CDL in most cases so the training is required. The RV exemption is interesting, but I've read horror stories of drivers towing huge RV's legally, getting involved with accidents that were not there fault and still getting sued for everything they have.

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    • DenverMike DenverMike on Nov 22, 2022

      The problem is with drivers, not necessarily owner operators. If I’m overloaded (allegedly), and it easily cruises up the steepest mountain pass on my route, maintaining 2250 RPM in direct drive, I might have too much power.

  • ToolGuy ToolGuy on Oct 27, 2022

    Ok but the F-150 Lightning can pull a train (1,250,000 pounds). https://www.cnn.com/2019/07/23/success/ford-f-150-electric-pickup-tows-train

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