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  • 1999 Ford F-350 Super Duty Crew Cab V-10 - Road Test - Motor Trend

1999 Ford F-350 Super Duty Crew Cab V-10 - Road Test - Motor Trend

Dec 24, 2003
Pound for pound, inch for inch, capability for capability, the Ford F-350 Super Duty Crew Cab V-10 is the best vehicular value on earth.

For $33,085 less than a loaded Lexus ES300, our 6660-pound, 7-plus-yard-long, 6-foot-6-inch-tall, 8-foot-wide Crew Cab's list of boasts starts with generous leather-wrapped room for six full-size, Stetson-wearing wranglers. It can haul enough gear, 2.7 tons worth!, to keep a Marine squad operational for a month. The truck's torquey V-10 has the grunt to yank a 10,600-pound trailerful of horses through Montana, yet it tops out at only 96 mph, where its electronic speed limiter spoils the fun. Unloaded, it sprints 0-60 mph right at 10 seconds. (Its lighter F-250 Super Duty V-10 sibling hustles to 60 mph in 8.0 seconds.) And it pampers with amenities, like an AM/FM/CD player and remote keyless entry.
Photo 2/3   |   1999 Ford F 350 Super Duty Crew Cab V10 Pickup interior
The 6.8-liter SOHC Triton V-10, essentially a 5.4-liter V-8 with an extra pair of cylinders grafted on, may be the best of Ford's Modular engine family. At just 1000 rpm, it twists an impressive 350 pound-feet of torque, and by a leisurely 2650 rpm, peaks out at an awesome 410 pound-feet. The Triton doesn't run out of breath near its redline, but its torque-oriented tuning means it reaches but a "mere" 275 horsepower.
To get the smoothness of the V-10-ideal power stroke every 72 degrees of crankshaft rotation, this engine employs stepped connecting-rod journals, while a counter-rotating balance shaft quells vibration inherent with a 90-degree V-10. Though its torque peak falls short of the Dodge Ram's pushrod 8.0-liter V-10, the Super Duty earned the right to be the lone pickup in this roundup since its V-10 is Ford's torquiest offering and we imposed a limit of one vehicle per manufacturer.
Photo 3/3   |   410 lb/ft @ 2650 rpm
Negotiating city traffic in a dual-rear-wheel, Crew Cab, long-bed Super Duty is like flying a B-52: It's more than huge, and a bit unwieldy, but it commands respect or, at least, a wide berth, from fellow commuters. If you feel claustrophobic in rush-hour traffic, just wag those gnarly rear fenders around a bit and you're all by yourself. If that doesn't work, flash 'em the huge sea-of-chrome grille.
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