RVers who want powerful gasoline-powered pickups to pull their trailers will have more choices later this summer when Ford Motor Co. introduces its re-engineered 2005 F-series Super Duty models, according to the Automotive News.
The 2005 Ford Super Duty F-250 and F-350 models will feature gas engines with three valves per cylinder, rather than two, the Automotive News reports. That increases horsepower 13%. As a result, the 5.4-liter V-8 will have a horsepower rating of 300 and the 6.8-liter V-10 will have 355 hp.
Both engines will include electronic throttle control and Ford’s five-speed, heavy-duty TorqShift transmission, which previously was available only on Ford’s diesel-engine pickups.
The 2005 Super Duty units also will have stronger frames, bigger brakes, more towing capacity, improved payload and other upgrades, the Automotive News reports.
Retail prices will start at $23,185. Ford will forgo a price increase on more than 75% of its Super Duty units, including all F-250 base models. Prices will increase about 1% on the remainder of the Super Duty lineup.
Production of the 2005 Super Duty models will begin later this month in Louisville, Ky.
Ford wants to challenge General Motors’ dominance in the heavy-duty, gas-engine segment of the pickup market, according to Automotive News. Through May, GM accounted for 50% of all gas-engine heavy truck sales, with Ford accounting for 38% and Dodge 12%, according to Ford officials, who cited R.L. Polk data.
In diesel-engine pickups, Ford is the leader with a 51% market share, followed by GM at 25% and Dodge at 24%.