May 21, 2014 at 8:46 pm

Ford's F-650, F-750 trucks won't have restrictions on power

Ford Motor Co. says its F-650 and F-750 medium-duty trucks, when equipped with the company’s Power Stroke engine, will have no limits on power ratings.

Ford’s upgraded 6.7-liter Power Stroke V-8 diesel will come with three power levels: 270 horsepower and 675 pound-feet of torque; 300 horsepower and 700 pound-feet; and 330 horsepower and 725 pound-feet.

“While other medium-duty truck manufacturers restrict top horsepower and torque ratings to certain applications, such as emergency services, the all-new F-650 and F-750 will arrive with no vocational restrictions,” said John Ruppert, general manager of Ford’s commercial vehicle sales and marketing, in a statement on Wednesday.

The new medium-duty commercial trucks are part of Ford's biggest product revamp in the company's history. Every Ford commercial truck or van will be refreshed or introduced in a new iteration during the next year-and-a-half. The F-650 and F-750 will go on sale in spring 2015.

The trucks will have three cab styles — regular, super and crew cab — and three models, known as straight frame, dock height and the new tractor model, designed for heavy towing. A new grille allows for extra air flow to cool the engine. Aside from the diesel offering, the trucks can come with Ford's 6.8-liter V-10 gas engine — with 330 horsepower and 440 pound-feet of torque — that can also be specially prepared to run on compressed natural or liquid propane gas.

The automaker will build its F-650 and F-750 trucks at its Ohio Assembly Plant in Avon Lake, near Cleveland. Ford currently manufactures the F-650 and F-750 in Escobedo, Mexico, through a joint-venture with Navistar International called Blue Diamond Truck LLC that has since ended.

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