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Best Selling Ford TrucksFord trucks are some of the most popular pickups around. The Ford F150 has been the best selling truck in the United States for over a quarter of a century! The Ford Super Duty F250 & F350 trucks are also very popular with those looking for a hard working truck with abundant power and towing capacity. In fact, as a whole, the Ford F-series trucks have become some of the most popular and best selling vehicles in the world. Not just for work and utility, over the years Ford trucks have also been offered with performance and styling. Special editions such as the King Ranch provide a customized interior and exterior with custom luxury features available from a production truck.
Ford F150 Harley Davidson Trucks
Performance models like the Ford Lightning offered a supercharged engine in a hotrod truck package. Ford has also joined forces with companies like Harley Davidson to produce special edition trucks that combine Ford engineering with aggressive styling cues especially for Harley Davidson enthusiasts. And it's not all just looks either. Some Harley Davidson models were offered with powerful supercharged 5.4L V8 engines that gives the guts to go along with the good looks of this special edition Ford truck. Some of the Saleen supercharged versions cranked out 450 HP and 500 ft-lbs of neck snapping torque! This same engine was used in some of the Ford Lightning models. In case you don't think that a truck can be fast, check out the video below showing a modified Ford Lightning truck at the drag strip. FAST!
When it comes to heavy duty work capacity, the Ford F250 & F350 Super Duty trucks come with available options to make them real workhorses. A properly equipped F350 has a whopping payload capacity of 5,800 lbs (that's nearly 3 TONS!), a conventional towing capacity of up to 15,000 lbs, or nearly 20,000 lbs for a 5th wheel towing setup! That's some serious work capacity!
Ford F250 Trucks
Ford F350 Trucks
At the heart of the Super Duty trucks are engines that provide serious power and torque for serious work ability. Even the entry level Triton 5.4L V8 engine provides a respectable 300 HP and 365 ft-lbs of torque. For serious work, the Triton 6.8L V10 engine cranks out 362 HP and 457 ft-lbs of torque. For the ultimate in towing power, the Ford Powerstroke 6.0 Turbo Diesel cranks out 325 HP @ 3,300RPM and a stump pulling 570 ft-lbs of torque at only 2,000RPM!
Ford Power Stroke Diesel with TorqShift Transmission
The Ford Power Stroke engine is produced by International - a world class diesel engine manufacturer. International produces medium to heavy trucks (semis) as well as heavy duty diesel engines to power these big trucks. So, there's a wealth of heavy duty diesel knowledge and experience that goes into the Ford Power Stroke diesel engine. Now, if gasoline is your preferred fuel, then the Triton V10 cranks out some impressive horsepower and torque numbers that are nearly comparable to a diesel engine. The Triton 6.8L V10 gas engine is basically a Triton 5.4L V8 engine with 2 more cylinders added. Equipped with 3 valves per cylinder and an advanced tuned air management system, the massive V10 cranks out 362 HP and 457 ft-lbs of torque - making it the most powerful gas engine offered in a full size truck!
Cutaway View of Ford Triton V10 Gas Engine
UPDATE: For over 25 years, Ford has been having Navistar (International) provide them with their diesel engines. Some of the earlier diesel engines Ford uses included the normally aspirated 6.9L diesel engine which later became the 7.3L. Both of these engines were non-turbocharged diesel engines. Later, the 7.3 evolved into the Power Stroke 7.3L turbodiesel engine. The 7.3L Power Stroke was refined over the years and became an impressive diesel engine with legendary durability. Unfortunately, the 7.3 was eventually dropped for the 6.0 which had it's fair share of issues. The Power Stroke 6.0 was replaced by the 6.4 for a short time. Finally, Ford dropped the Navistar line of diesel engines manufactured by International and developed their own diesel engine in-house. The Power Stroke 6.7 was introduced in the 2011 model year, and it is Ford's first entry into the diesel truck engine, and it has some impressive features and specifications. The Ford 6.7 diesel engine is rated at 400HP and 800ft*lbs of torque! This abundance of power and torque enable the Super Ford trucks to be able to tow as much as 17,500 lbs and have a maximum payload capacity of 7,260 lbs.
Ford 6.7 Diesel Engine - 400HP and 800FT*LBS
The 6.7 engine has some unique features such as a compressed iron graphite engine block that provides greater strength than cast iron with lower weight. Further aiding in weight reduction, aluminum cylinder heads also help keep the engine cooler. In addition, a special turbocharger manufactured by Honeywell utilizes dual compressor wheels on a single shaft that provide the benefits of sequential turbocharging with only a single turbo. The new turbocharger is nestled on top of the engine. Engine intake and exhaust ports and swapped in location from a typical engine configuration. Instead of the intake ports being on the inside of the V and the exhaust ports pointing to the outside, the 6.7 engine reverses the pattern with the exhaust manifolds pointing inward on the top of the engine. This makes it easier to mount the turbocharger on top of the engine. Turbo boost levels as high as 30psi help increase power and torque of the 6.7L engine. Not only is there more power than ever in this latest Ford diesel engine, but it is also supposed to have industry leading fuel economy as well. An ultra high pressure Bosch common rail fuel system injects diesel at pressures of up to 30,000psi. Not only this, but the fuel is injected in multiple pulses during each power stroke. This multi-pulse injection with extremely high injection pressures help to produce fine droplets of fuel that contribute to more complete combustion, more power, less pollution, and better fuel economy. If diesel is not your preferred fuel, then an updated 6.2L V-8 gas engine produces a respectable 385HP at 5,500RPM and 405FT*LBS at 4,500 RPM. That's more horsepower than the discontinued V10 engine and close to the same amount of torque, with better fuel economy than the old V-10 engine offered.
NEW 2015 FORD F150 TRUCK - Ford has surprised the automotive industry with the newly designed 2015 Ford F150 truck with an aluminum body and bed. Aluminum is lighter and it shaves several hundred pounds off the weight of a standard steel bodied F150 pickup truck. In addition to improvements in performance and fuel economy with the lighter aluminum alloy body, the new F150 will also not rust like its steel bodied predecessors. The frame and structural members of the new F150 truck will still be high strength steel. In addition to the new body material, Ford is also planning on offering a new turbocharged 2.7L V6 EcoBoost engine that offers a satisfying blend of power and fuel efficiency.
2015 Ford F150 Pickup
A lot has changed over the years since Henry Ford came out with his first truck design way back in 1900. One thing that hasn't changed is the fact that Ford trucks are still some of the most popular vehicles on the road. Ford has had over 100 years to get it right. Whether you are looking for a light duty pickup for general purpose use, a special edition truck with a custom look, or a super duty workhorse, the Ford F150, F250, & F350 trucks offer a wide range of options to provide you with a pickup that matches your needs and wants. It's no wonder that Ford trucks are the most popular pickups in the US.