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Pickup Truck Wars, Round 2: Ford Super Duty gets 925 lb-ft of torque, massive towing capacity

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The Pickup Truck Wars are in full swing with Chevy, Ford and even Honda taking jabs at each other through videos, tweets and bed-toughness demonstrations. It started with Chevy dropping a load of landscaping blocks in both its own pickup bed and a Ford F-150’s bed. The non-lined steel of Chevy beat the non-protected lightweight aluminum of Ford, which showed more scratches and a few punctures. Honda then joined the fray with its new unibody Ridgeline pickup with a standard bed protector. The super-tough plastic showed basically no damage, just reinforcing the fact that if you get a pickup, you’ll probably want a bedliner. Well, Ford has had enough. On Monday it introduced its 2017 F-Series Super Duty which it says has both class-leading towing and payload specs. The max gooseneck capacity for the 2017 F-450 properly equipped is now 32,500 pounds, fifth wheel towing is 27,500 pounds, conventional towing is 21,000 pounds and the payload rating is now 7,630 pounds. The introduction takes care to mention the “high-strength, military-grade, aluminum alloy AND high-strength steel,” which is in the frame, by the way. The new version of the 6.7-liter Power Stroke now makes 440 hp and a whopping 925 lb-ft of torque. The V8 6.2-liter gas model has 430 lb-ft. The new Super Duty also gets the Ultimate Trailer Tow Camera System, which uses four digital HD cameras for a 360-degree view of the rig and trailer. Additionally, it gets longer-range blind spot indicators, available trailer tire pressure monitors and a new six-speed automatic for the F-250.