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Old March 13th, 2010, 03:33 PM
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Default 2011 F350 6.7L Powerstroke

Here's another good article on the new 2011 F350 6.7L Powerstroke by the National Post in Canada.

Phoenix, Ariz. -- The newest Power Stroke diesel engine to nestle in the chassis of the all-new 2011 Super Duty pickup is designed by Ford and built by Ford — a first in all respects. However, this new 6.7-litre engine is also the first departure from a relationship that Ford has had with International of Indianapolis — which, for more than 30 years built all its diesel engines, the last one being the current 6.4L Power Stroke.

So? Well, if you have a current 6.4L, you know the engine is tight but the fuel economy sucks. There is no other word for it — and Ford knows it, too; and with the introduction of this new diesel, that issue had to be front and centre.

Unfortunately, the reasons for the decline in fuel economy on the 6.4L had as much to do with the implementation of new environmental devices to clean up the diesel exhaust over the past two years — a job they accomplished but with this serious side effect.

That said, I drove a new 6.7L engine through the flat Arizona desert and through the switchbacks of the mountains and achieved 10 litres per 100 kilometres, even with all the emissions gadgets in place. Also, I had 450 kilograms of cement in the bed and four adults in the cabin.

That result really warrants a Wow! But fuel economy is just one aspect of this new design. What this 6.7L V8 turbocharged diesel engine also brings to the Super Duty equation is a staggering 735 pound-feet of torque and 390 horsepower. And as to how this power is to be used — Ford is claiming new towing weights of 11,068 kilograms and a payload of 2,958 kg.

About an hour north of Phoenix, I had a chance to drive F-250s with trailers weighing around 5,000 kg and an F-450 with a 45-foot gooseneck trailer loaded down with a gross weight of 10,500 kg. Both of these trucks featured the new diesel coupled to an all-new six-speed automatic transmission.

Pulling up a 6% grade over several kilometres I found the truck didn’t drop below fourth gear and easily handled the weights. On the way back down, the new integrated exhaust brake along with the engine braking of the transmission held the combinations to 40 km/h without touching the brake pedal.

It works very well, and its design is a radical departure from just about every other competitor’s diesel on the market. Some of the unique features of this engine are a compacted graphite iron (CGI) engine block and a unique inboard exhaust and outboard intake architecture that reduces overall exhaust system volume, which leads to better throttle response, minimizes heat transfer to the engine compartment and improves NVH (noise, vibration, harshness).

The new engine architecture is also easier to service. For example, the body/cab no longer has to be removed from the frame to access the turbo; also, the high-pressure fuel pump, EGR (exhaust gas recirculation) components and thermostats are directly accessible from the front of the vehicle.

If there is a downside to the new diesel it is the price. The premium for the 6.7L is close $10,000 more than the price of the standard gas engine (which, incidentally, is also a new 6.2L V8).

In addition to increased towing and payload and improved fuel economy, this Super Duty also benefits from improved ride, handling and steering. I found the on-road performance quiet, with a firm road feel and very reasonable suspension feel, even when empty. And this is exactly what the engineering team worked on, particularly the leaf springs and spring rate, as well as adjusting the internal valving in all the shock absorbers. The steering gear is also new, improving precision and giving a better on-centre steering feel by adjusting the steering gear symmetry.

Interiors, which first got a huge remake in ’04, continue to be excellent.

Borrowing a few items from the revamped ’09 F-150, the Super Duty can go from being work-ready plain to fully tricked-out leather and chrome. But apart from being pleasant to look at, much of what is going on in the interior of these trucks is all about business.

Inside, customers will benefit from a flow-through console that improves the functions of the truck. Storage space is increased about 60% and at least 70 different configurations are possible. A 12-volt power point is available at the rear of the console and another is inside the main bin, which is large enough for two laptops and is lockable. A 110V power inverter is standard and provides enough juice to run a laptop and a printer.

For many customers, this Super Duty cab may well be a mobile office. Ford Work Solutions offers the technology to stay connected with the home office or job site and even tracks tools. To that end, there is a new 4.2-inch LCD Productivity Screen and an off-road message centre as well, and it can all be run off a five-way button on the steering wheel.

The new Ford Super Duty trucks will start arriving at Canadian dealerships in April. Pricing has been established as starting at $35,499 for the base F-250 4x2 and running up to $43,399 for the F-250 SuperCrew 4x4. The F-350 Series will run from $36,999 to $44,999. If you really need to haul, an F-450 will start at $59,599.

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Maybe time to trade in the '03 F250 for a new ride!
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since they were doing this test drive in the US.....i would think the weights and fuel mileage shouldn't be provided in metric


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Fredericksburg is as close as Ive seen to a member being near me. Hmmmmmmm! Even on the other sites!

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You know I love my powerstroke but once I put a programmer on this beast it just got insane.
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great post bates! the new f350 is badass and without a doubt will be my next truck!

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