Often classified as a ¾-ton pickup truck, the Ford F-250 pickup truck is an integral part of Ford’s best-selling F-Series pickup trucks. The F-250 was first introduced among the 2nd-generation F-Series pickup trucks (1953–1956) when it replaced the F2 and F3 pickup trucks. It is a tough, highly capable truck that is built to handle the demands of commercial hauling and towing. The F-250 is also a highly customizable truck. Bob Chandler’s extensively modified 1974 Ford F-250 (the original Bigfoot monster truck) attests to this.
From 1999, the F-250, along with its larger F-Series truck siblings, i.e. the F-350, F-450, F-550, F-650, and F-750 pickup trucks, became part of Ford’s F-Series ‘Super Duty’ pickup trucks. Ford’s intention with the ‘Super Duty’ name was to do a better job of marketing these heavier-duty trucks to commercial/fleet truck buyers. Ford also built a dedicated heavy-duty Ford P truck platform for the Super Duty trucks. In the 1st-generation Ford F-250 Super Duty (1999-2007), this upgraded platform enhanced off-road capability and hauling/towing capability. The engines available for this generation included a 255-horsepower 5.4-liter V8 gasoline engine and a 310-horsepower 6.8-liter V10 gasoline engine.
The 2nd-generation F-250 Super Duty (2008-2010) carried over the prior generation’s engines and added a 350-horsepower 6.4-liter Power Stroke turbodiesel V8 engine. This generation also featured an updated Ford P356 platform that delivered improved driving dynamics. It also saw the introduction of new trim levels like the Cabela’s, King Ranch, and Harley Davidson trim levels, and it also featured more rugged styling and additional conveniences like a rapid-heat supplemental cab heater.
The 3rd-generation Ford F-250 Super Duty (2011-2016) added an optional locking differential and more powerful engines i.e. 385-horsepower 6.2-liter V8 gas engine and a 390-horsepower 6.7-liter Power Stroke diesel V8 engine. The Power Stroke engine was upgraded to 440 horsepower in 2015. A stronger yet lighter P473 platform underpinned this generation.
The 4th-generation Ford F-250 Super Duty (2017-present) offers the strongest body structure yet. 95% of its frame is high strength steel, and its body is made from a high-strength, military-grade aluminum alloy. This generation also carries over the 385-horsepower 6.2-liter V8, and it also offers a new 430-horsepower 7.3-liter gas V8 engine and an enhanced 6.7-liter Power Stroke diesel V8 that makes 475 horsepower and 1,050 lb-ft of torque. These engines may pair with a TorqShift-G six-speed automatic transmission or a TorqShift® heavy-duty 10-speed automatic.
The Ford F-250 Super Duty has evolved over the years, getting more capable, more powerful, more functional, and more high-tech with each generation. Today’s Ford F-250 Super Duty models can handle payloads of up to 4,500 pounds and towing capacities up to 20,000 pounds when equipped with a gooseneck trailering hitch. Also, like most other large heavy-duty pickup trucks, the F-250 is available in three body style options, i.e. regular cab, SuperCab (extended cab), and SuperCrew (crew cab) body styles. This truck also features cargo beds of different lengths, the longest of which is 8 feet. Also, the F-250 Super Duty is offered in a variety of trim levels that may include the XL, XLT, Lariat, King Ranch, Platinum, and Limited.
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