2020 Ford F-Series Super Duty Offers New 7.3-Liter V8

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Ford is rolling out its most powerful Super Duty F-Series yet. The 2020 Super Duty will launch with two new engines, including a new V8 and an upgraded Power Stroke diesel. Toss in an all-new 10-speed automatic transmission, chassis upgrades, exterior and interior design updates, along with new smart technology and Ford says the 2020 model raises the bar in towing, payload and connectivity for its many HD customers that include government, petroleum and utility services.

All-New 7.3-liter V8 Engine

Exact towing, payload and horsepower numbers haven’t been released yet. So right now, the biggest news is the Super Duty’s new powertrain lineup and specifically an all-new Ford-designed and Ford-built 7.3-liter V8 engine that joins the standard 6.2-liter V8. Ford says the V8 is expected to be the most powerful gas V8 in its class.
All New Ford V8 Engine
All-New 7.3-liter V8. Credit: Ford

It uses an all-new cam-in-block, overhead valve architecture with cast iron block and forged steel crankshaft for maximum durability. Port injection with variable-valve timing optimizes the intake and exhaust to match performance with workloads. Oil jets cool the pistons under heavy loads.

Third-Gen Power Stroke Diesel

An updated Power Stroke diesel engine with more power and torque is also available under the hood. A new 36,000-psi fuel injection system with all-new injectors that precisely meter and spray up to eight times per stroke to control noise levels and optimize combustion. This inboard exhaust diesel V8 features a redesigned electronic-actuated variable-geometry turbocharger that provides improved pumping efficiency and throttle response. Structural enhancements increase the strength of the cylinder head, block, connecting rods and bearings to handle higher cylinder pressure and increased output. New steel pistons provide higher firing pressure capability and less friction – meaning improved performance and more horsepower and torque than ever.

10-Speed Transmission

All three Super Duty engines can be paired with all-new 10-speed TorqShift automatic transmission. It features a wider gear ratio span than the 6-speed and is designed for the harshest towing conditions. The heavy-duty transmission continues to offer live-drive power takeoff, which allows the operator to engage industrial equipment and accessories, such as snowplows, with the truck in motion. There are normal, tow/haul, eco, slippery, and deep sand and snow selectable drive modes. The entire unit fits in the same space as the 6-speed and weighs only 3.5 pounds more.
Ford Super Duty King Ranch
2020 Ford Super Duty King Ranch. Credit: Ford

Pro Trailer Backup Assist

The New F-Series Super Duty also now offers class-exclusive Pro Trailer Backup Assist, while its Trailer Reverse Guidance is now compatible with fifth-wheel and gooseneck trailers.

Driver Assistance and Technology

Every new 2020 Super Duty includes 4G LTE modem with Wi-Fi access for up to 10 devices. Modern touches include the addition of wireless charging and USB-C ports.

Available lane-keeping alert helps you stay between the lines on the road, while the Blind Spot Information System with trailer coverage monitors for vehicles in your blind spots – even when towing. Pre-Collision Assist with Automatic Emergency Braking aids in avoiding or mitigating collisions with other vehicles. These features are standard on XLT and above Super Duty models.


The Super Duty is available in XL, XLT, Lariat, King Ranch, Platinum, Limited trims. In the cabin, Ford updated decorative appliqués on the doors and media bin door on the Lariat, while Platinum edition trucks get the Onyx Argento wood treatment. The Limited’s cabin is completely refreshed, with colors updated to Ebony and Highland Tan.
Ford F-450 Interior
2020 Ford F-450 Limited. Credit: Ford

Limited features genuine leather, a coarse ash wood in black and modern brushed aluminum trim. Crafted details include decorative stitching on the leather-wrapped instrument panel topper, wrapped door armrests, seating and center console lid, and an embroidered Super Duty logo added to the floor mats. A soft headliner in Miko suede is intended to give the cabin an expansive feel.


The new Super Duty endured more than 12 million miles of testing for the 2017 model year, which was increased by an additional 7 million miles for 2020. Testing included running the truck around the clock under the most extreme loads and through all kinds of environmental conditions using dynos, test tracks and public roads. Ford says testing conditions were so punishing, they used robot drivers on many of the test miles since robots could handle the abuse better than humans.
Ford F-450 Tailgate
2020 Ford F-450 Limited. Credit: Ford


Ford’s new 2020 F-Series Super Duty will start shipping to dealers this fall, but no pricing is available yet. Its built at both Kentucky Truck Plant in Louisville and Ohio Assembly Plant in Avon Lake.

F-Series Super Duty Market Share

Ford says the F-Series Super Duty had the most market share in industries such as government with more than 60 percent share, petroleum with 50 percent share and utility services with more than 45 percent share, according to Ford analysis of IHS Markit TIPNet U.S. registration data, January 2017 through November 2018.
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