Ford Reveals Super Duty Chassis Cab Ratings at NTEA Work Truck Show
Best-in-Class Axle and Overall Weight Ratings Coming Along for the Ride
Shown today at the 2016 NTEA Work Truck Show in Indianapolis, Ford’s F-Series Super Duty chassis cab has taken a few best-in-class metrics from its Ram and GM rivals. With a gross combined weight rating of 40,000 pounds, the chassis cab outworks the former champ by 2,500 pounds.
Ford claims the F-350, F-450, and F-550 chassis cab lineup has best-in-class capability, “optimized to help commercial customers be more productive on the job.” Part of that claim rests on the truck’s front axle weight rating of 7,500 pounds, up 250 pounds from the next-best competitor. With the front axle carrying the brunt of the weight of a snowplow or utility bucket, the extra weight capacity will no doubt be welcome to many industries. Additionally, the company’s press release on the truck proudly points out that its gross combined weight rating sits at half that of an 18-wheeler.
The chassis cab’s optional 6.7L Power Stroke V-8 diesel engine produces 330 hp and 750 lb-ft, up from the outgoing chassis cab’s 300 hp and 660 lb-ft. Those numbers are the highest ever for any Super Duty chassis cab. They also just edge out the combined numbers for the Ram chassis cab, whose optional Cummins diesel I-6 makes 325 hp and 750 lb-ft. Both get beat out by the 397 hp and 765 lb-ft of torque produced by the Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD chassis cab’s available Duramax 6.6L V-8, however.
Although the full-body Super Duty’s frame is fully boxed from stem to stern, the chassis cab gets a C-channel frame from the body mounts back. Although that configuration sacrifices a small amount of chassis rigidity, it makes adapting the frame to a variety of uses much easier. Mounting a flatbed, dump bed, or service body to C-channel frame rails make upfits substantially less complicated, which is always good for small business. The high-strength steel and aluminum frame and body construction carry over from the regular Super Duty.
Ford is keen to point out that, as the only heavy-duty truck manufacturer to produce all of its own diesel engines and transmissions, its powertrains work seamlessly with their applications. We expect the same of the Super Duty chassis cab, as its predecessor had a nicely refined powertrain. Devotees of the Ford brand and those who need a hard-working, versatile truck will likely find a lot to appreciate about the F-Series chassis cab.