2011 Ford Super Duty promotion ramps up in Dallas

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  1. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    [​IMG] “With all-new powertrains and increased capability, the 2011 Super Duty improves on its proud heritage as the ultimate work truck.”

    [fflash=left]http://www.youtube.com/v/USUs26cv7tY&hl=en&fs=1[/fflash]Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG - Sept. 24, 2009

    Meet the 2011 Ford SuperDuty.

    When choosing a work truck, commercial and fleet operators demand the best. The all-new 2011 Ford F-Series Super Duty is designed and built to deliver with improved torque and horsepower plus class-leading fuel economy.

    “Having the most capability means a customer doesn’t have to marginalize any segment while he tries to maintain and build his business,” said Jim Michon, truck fleet marketing manager. “Our customers expect the leadership capability that our trucks deliver and, with the 2011 Super Duty, they’ll also gain a significant improvement in fuel economy. It’s a win-win situation for commercial and fleet owners.”

    Ford SuperDuty - Lowering the cost of ownership

    The new 6.7-liter Power Stroke V-8 turbocharged diesel will deliver significantly improved fuel economy while also maintaining Super Duty’s best-in-class towing and payload. The architecture of both engines has been optimized for efficiency, as has the new TorqShift heavy-duty six-speed transmission.

    The transmission’s fluid change interval also has been extended, in part due to a dual filter that provides fine filtration and large capacity in a single package. The dual filter also eliminates the need for a spin-on external filter.

    The new 6.7-liter diesel’s architecture reduces down time during service work, which helps get vehicles back on the road faster. Service time on the EGR (exhaust gas recirculation) cooler and high-pressure fuel pump is expected to be markedly reduced because of the new layout. The new spin-on oil filter makes that servicing easier as well.

    The new Power Stroke, featuring Tow Haul Mode with the integrated engine exhaust brake, helps improve driver confidence with large loads and prolong brake pad life.


    We previously covered the all-new Ford designed and built 6.7L diesel for the 2011 SuperDuty plus had a sit down in the revealing Q&A with Ford’s Adam Gryglak - Large Diesel Engine Engineering Program.

    What has yet to be described was how Ford was going to transmit the PowerStroke’s power to the wheels.

    All-new 6-speed automatic transmission w/ 2 OD gears

    Managing the increased horsepower and torque is the all-new 6R140 heavy-duty six-speed transmission, which delivers power quickly and seamlessly while maximizing fuel economy.

    “Our new transmission perfectly complements our new diesel and gasoline engines to give the customer the best powertrain for Super Duty applications,” said Al Bruck, 6R140 transmission engineering manager. “Rigorous testing ensures our transmission and powertrain is up to the challenge of even our most demanding Super Duty customers. Overall, the 6R140 heavy-duty TorqShift six-speed transmission enables greater customer capability, efficiency and control than ever before.”

    Lepelletier powerflow: New diesel application of tried-and-true system

    Ford’s 6R140 TorqShift transmission uses a Lepelletier-style powerflow, which is a proven technology in rear-wheel-drive vehicles but not typically used with larger diesel engines. A key benefit of the Lepelletier architecture is that it reduces the complexity in connecting the gearsets and clutches. The six speeds require only five clutches, and the speeds of the clutches relative to one another are low, increasing the efficiency of the system.

    To handle the torque of the 6.7L PowerStroke, Ford strengthened the system by employing a unique powder-metal carrier in the compound Ravigneaux planetary gearset. The carrier consists of four pressed powder-metal components sinter-brazed together to form a rigid, power-dense structure. This solution ensures robustness and makes the architecture compatible with both the diesel and gasoline engines. A Ford-patented rocker one-way clutch is integrated with the carrier and helps improve 1-2 shift quality through the gearset.

    “With this architecture, the new transmission can handle the enormous low-end torque produced by the new diesel engine as well as the high speeds produced by the new gas engine,” Bruck said. “The sinter-brazed gearset enables more torque capacity and greater engine speed capability.”

    A deep first gear ratio and two overdrive gears create a wider ratio span. This, combined with available lower axle gear ratios and a control system that automatically selects the most efficient shift schedule, provides an outstanding combination of pulling power and fuel economy.

    “Because we have six gears, we make smaller steps gear to gear, which helps keep the engine in its sweet spot in terms of performance and efficiency.”

    Six-speed gearbox – automatic or manual operation

    The 6R140’s heavy-duty TorqShift six-speed transmission balances convenience and control by automatically shifting during routine operation and also allowing complete manual control. It features SelectShift Automatic transmission functionality, which includes both Progressive Range Select and manual functions.

    With Progressive Range Select, a toggle on the shift lever allows the customer to reduce the range of available gears while in Drive. When the customer “taps” down into Range Select mode, the display shows the available gears and highlights the current gear state. This feature allows the driver to limit use of upper gears when heavily loaded or while towing on grades.

    For full manual function, customers also can pull the shift lever into “M” for manual mode and use the same toggle switch to select the gear desired. The display will show the selected gear, and the control system will lock the torque converter and hold that gear for a full manual transmission feel.

    Torque converter - The torque converter of the 6R140 transmission is designed to be accurately controlled and efficient. A closed-piston design provides precise control of the lock-up clutch. Its torque multiplication is matched with the rest of the powertrain for better off-the-line performance, but that’s only the start. Once under way, a long-travel, high-capacity turbine damper allows the torque converter to dampen out the extreme torsional force produced in particular by the new, more powerful diesel engine.

    “This damper allows us to lug down to 900 rpm while our competitors lug to around 1,100 rpm,” Bruck said. “This technology allows us to stay locked more, which means the engine can run at a lower rpm and get better fuel economy.”

    New-to-segment Live Drive PTO (Power Take Off) – adds functional improvements. On the 2011 Super Duty diesels with the PTO prep option, the PTO output gear is linked through the torque converter to the engine crankshaft. This allows the transmission to power auxiliary equipment such as snowplows, aerial lifts, tow truck lifts, cement mixers or dump trucks. The power is available any time the engine is running.

    Technology to help your business

    As we first experienced in the 2010 Ford Transit Connect Preview, the Ford SuperDuty delivers improved telemetic, utility and “Work Solutions”.

    Available Ford Work Solutions is one of many technologies that can help owners manage their business from the work site. Ford Work Solutions delivers four innovative features:
    • An in-dash computer developed with Magneti Marelli and powered by Microsoft Auto that provides full high-speed Internet access via Sprint Mobile Broadband Network and navigation by Garmin. This system allows customers to print invoices, check inventories and access documents stored on their home or office computer networks on the job site as well as navigating to the next.

    • Tool Link™, a Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID) asset tracking system developed in association with DEWALT, the industry leader in professional power tools, and ThingMagic, the industry expert on embedded RFID technology. This enables customers to maintain a detailed real-time inventory of tools or equipment stored in the pickup box.

    • Crew Chief™, a fleet telematics and diagnostics system, which allows small fleet owners to efficiently manage their vehicles, quickly dispatch workers to job sites and keep detailed vehicle maintenance records.

    • Cable Lock security system, developed in association with Master Lock®, the industry-leading lock manufacturer, discourages theft of expensive tools too large to fit in the cab.
    “Ford Work Solutions is a real game-changer,” said Kaufman. “It provides another way for the owner to improve the productivity of his Super Duty ‘tool’ by increasing access and onboard capability. Paperwork – including billing, quotes and work orders – can be accessed, modified and printed right there in the truck. He doesn’t have to wait until he gets back to the office or back home to do it.”

    SYNC®, Ford’s industry-first, voice-activated hands-free communications and entertainment system, leverages industry-leading voice-recognition software, integrated GPS technology and a customer’s Bluetooth®-capable mobile phone. SYNC’s new application, Traffic, Directions & Information, provides simple hands-free access to personalized traffic reports, precise turn-by-turn driving directions and up-to-date information including business listings, news, sports and weather.
  2. npauli

    npauli Well-Known Member

    Re: 2011 Ford SuperDuty promotion ramps up in Dallas

    Lots of neat stuff going into this truck - for FE and otherwise.

    Just sad to see another manual tranny bite the dust. :(
  3. WriConsult

    WriConsult Super Moderator

    Re: 2011 Ford SuperDuty promotion ramps up in Dallas

    Improved FE in the super duty segment is great -- even incremental improvements can save a lot of fuel.

    But the bigger question in my mind is WHEN will the standard duty F-150 get a diesel? A F150 diesel, carrying at least a solid ton less weight, would get considerably better mileage than the 8000 pound super duty, while also posing far less danger to the other people it shares the road with.

    Some people need the super duty, and that's fine. I'm not suggesting that it not be available. But I'd guess many, and maybe most, HD/SD diesel buyers do the "upgrade" just so they can get the diesel.
  4. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Re: 2011 Ford SuperDuty promotion ramps up in Dallas

    Hi Dan:

    ___Read the Q&A and I think you have your answer :(

    ___Good Luck

  5. WriConsult

    WriConsult Super Moderator

    Re: 2011 Ford SuperDuty promotion ramps up in Dallas

    Are you referring to this? Doesn't seem like much of an answer.
  6. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Re: 2011 Ford SuperDuty promotion ramps up in Dallas

    Hi Dan:

    ___That is the answer. No light duty P/U in the US will have a small displacement diesel. To bad too as the 3.0L Turbo-diesels in the European sport sedans are tremendous and would add much to the F-Series lineup.

    ___After seeing the AT details, I made a request that we be allowed to take out the tallest differential geared PowerStroke available so as to not be screwed by "optional" shorter ratios when we get the chance to drive one. I am really expecting big things from this beast. If the 2010 Audi Q7 w/ a 6.0L V12 TDI can pull 24 mpg in Europe, we had better be able to pull 27 out of the 2011 SuperDuty when we get our chance behind the windscreen. I plan on beating the Q7 while towing 4,000 pounds plus of gear too ;)

    ___Good Luck

  7. Chuck

    Chuck just the messenger

    Re: 2011 Ford SuperDuty promotion ramps up in Dallas

    On exhibit Sept 25, 2009 at:


    aka The Texas State Fair
  8. phoebeisis

    phoebeisis Well-Known Member

    Re: 2011 Ford SuperDuty promotion ramps up in Dallas


    With the tall gearing you hope to get how many RPMs to you expect at 60 mph?? Now, I don't think any of the gasoline motors or diesel do fewer the 1500 RPMs.

    Too bad about no smaller diesel. The 1986 6.2 GM diesel-no turbo, about 150 hp-still is rated with the best "all time"Suburban hy mpg-16/22(current EPA numbers). A decent diesel could certainly put 1/2 ton vehicles over 25 EPA hy, and maybe 30 real life hy.

  9. Taliesin

    Taliesin Well-Known Member

    Re: 2011 Ford SuperDuty promotion ramps up in Dallas

    My Ram comes close. 1500 rpm is 57 mph.

    It has a 5-speed auto with 2 overdrive gears, so Ford might get a slight bit better with this one.

    They might even manage 65 mph at 1500 rpm.
  10. redcranes

    redcranes redcranes

    Re: 2011 Ford SuperDuty promotion ramps up in Dallas

    i wish they would put a ffh in a f150.that would be sweet
  11. seftonm

    seftonm Veteran Staff Member

    Re: 2011 Ford SuperDuty promotion ramps up in Dallas

    Just came across this. Sounds very smooth and quiet and blows the Navistar engines out of the water.

  12. phoebeisis

    phoebeisis Well-Known Member

    Re: 2011 Ford SuperDuty promotion ramps up in Dallas

    The big gasoline V-8s just aren't geared very tall.
    My Titan 5.6 liter was geared lowest-about 1550 rpms-4800 lbs
    Tundra- 4.7 V-8 1950 rpms- 4400 lbs
    Suburban 5.7 v-8 1725 rpms-5100 lbs

    The Pilot a 3.5 v-6 turned just 1650 rpms despite weighing 4500 lbs.Roughly the same sized vehicle, much smaller motor, lower RPMs than most V-8s.

    With a huge motor and 6 gears, and that fancy antilugging damper in the torque converter they ought to be able to get down to 1300 rpms at 60 mph. A big TD like that should be making 100+ hp and maybe 250 lbs-ft at 1300 RPMS, if it doesn't lug with full throttle at such low rpms.


  13. npauli

    npauli Well-Known Member

    Re: 2011 Ford SuperDuty promotion ramps up in Dallas

    6 speeds, double overdrive, and fancy features like tow-haul and manual modes are just catching up with the competition (6 speed Allison had this in 2006, and has a taller 6th gear - .61 vs .67). What sounds like new to me is:

    1) Damper on the torque converter allowing lockup at lower speeds (great for FE of the average user, and especially for hypermiling)
    2) They mentioned some things about the layout of clutches and design of gears. Doesn't mean a thing to me, but at least a few of the tidbits sounded like FE enhancements (like lower relative speeds across clutches).

    The tranny sounds good, but not leaps and bounds ahead of the competition. I think they'll get more people to jump brands with the engine :)
  14. npauli

    npauli Well-Known Member

    Re: 2011 Ford SuperDuty promotion ramps up in Dallas

    How picky do you get to be about truck config? 30mpg might be within reach of a reg cab 2wd in the right hands (yours, not mine) and conditions. A 4x4 crew cab long bed F450 might not even break 20 empty no matter what you do.
  15. Taliesin

    Taliesin Well-Known Member

    Re: 2011 Ford SuperDuty promotion ramps up in Dallas

    That's a good question too. Though i think he would be able to reach his goal of breaking 24 with a 4K# load even with that 4X4 you mentioned.

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