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Ford's New 7.3-Liter V-8 Detailed

Ford's New 7.3-Liter V-8 Detailed

While the 2020 Ford F-Series Super Duty isn’t all-new, it is packing some noteworthy updates. Unquestionably one of the most important updates is the addition of a new 7.3-liter gas V-8 engine, which finally has some stats.

Today Ford revealed the big new V-8 will offer 430 horsepower and 475 pound-feet of torque. In the Super Duty this engine will be mated exclusively to Ford’s 10-speed automatic, but in medium duty pickups it will be bolted to a six-speed automatic.

In comparison, Chevrolet’s 6.6-liter V-8 in the Silverado Heavy Duty generates 401 horsepower and 464 pound-feet of torque, but is mated to a six-speed automatic. At Ram buyers can opt for a 6.4-liter V-8 that hammers out 410 horsepower and 429 pound-feet, meaning Ford is coming out on top when it comes to HD gas engines.

Despite besting the competition, Ford’s number may seem a bit low for such a big displacement engine. Ford says engineers prioritized low-end torque versus making the headline number larger. Examining the torque curve of this engine shows it begins generating 400 pound-feet at about 1,500 rpm and sustains it all the way up to 5,500. Basically, this gas engine has a torque curve that looks a lot like a diesel engine.

Speaking of diesel, F-Series Super Duty buyers can still opt for Ford’s well-known 6.7-liter turbo diesel V-8. It too is mated to the 10-speed automatic, but details of the 2020 version’s power figures have yet to be released.

Expect the diesel details to be revealed closer to the truck’s launch.


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AutoVerdict Senior Editor Nick Saporito began writing about cars at age 13. Nick ran a couple of automotive enthusiast sites for several years, before taking some time off to focus on his career and education. By day he's a marketing executive in the telecom world and by night he hangs out here at AV. You'll find him focusing on tech, design and the industry's future.
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