October 22, 2012
Ford Says F-Series Gets Improved Towing and Payload Capacities for 2013-MY
(Photos courtesy of Ford). Ford F-Series Super Duty truck.
According to Ford Motor Co., its engineers have raised the towing capacity on the 2013-MY F-Series Super Duty lineup to 18,500 pounds and the payload capability to 7,260 pounds.
The F-Series Super Duty’s best-in-class payload numbers are supported by an improved brake system that delivers increased capability and usability, according to Ford. Braking engineers increased brake rotor swept area by 16.4% in front and 14.5% in the rear for maximum braking to help dissipate heat, especially on long downhill grades.
These changes support a 700-pound increase in the maximum GVWR to a best-in-class 14,000 pounds, according to the company.
As well, improved brake pads and a retuned booster enable an enhanced pedal brake feel, the company said. “We’ve really improved brake feel,” said Michael Watkins, brake system engineer. “There’s refined modulation in the pedal – you really feel the stopping power. With a full load of cargo, drivers will notice strong, confidence-inspiring brakes.”
A larger parking brake for F-250 and F-350 models also allowed an increase in maximum payload rating.
Available adjustable pedals also enhance customer comfort by personalizing the interface between the driver and brake system.
Other changes for 2013 include the introduction of the all-new Platinum series model and the availability of SYNC with MyFord Touch. The 2013 F-Series Super Duty builds on the foundation of SYNC with MyFord Touch, which is available for the first time, according to Ford.
You can read here more about the Platinum series model and the MyFord Touch addition to the F-Series.