The F-Series isn't just the best-selling line of trucks in North America; they're the best-selling vehicles period. Despite ongoing sales success over many, many years, the Ford Super Duty side of the F-Series hadn’t had a genuine redesigned for some 17 years; that is until now. The 2017 Ford Super Duty F-250 hasn't had a facelift and what's been done to it can't be referred to as a refresh either. Instead, what the F-250 has had is a complete re-engineering and redesign that brings it right into line with its hugely successful little brother the F-150.

The F-150's overhaul of a couple of years ago has seen the light-duty truck enjoy phenomenal success, so the manufacturer must have been chomping at the bit to give the F-250 similar treatment. If an F-150 isn't quite enough for what you need from a new truck, the Super Duty F-250 is the logical next step, especially now. Although there are plenty of trims, variants, and options to select from, there are just two engines across the whole F-250 lineup. But when you start to explore what these two engines are and what they are capable of, it becomes entirely obvious there's no need for a wider choice.

The engine range is therefore made up of one gas and one diesel option, but they do have all the heavy-duty bases covered. The standard gas unit is a 6.2-litre V-8 producing a very capable 385 horsepower and 430 lb.-ft. of torque, which you can have sent to your choice of the rear or all four wheels through a six-speed automatic transmission. But for those really serious applications, look no further than the optional 6.7-liter V-8 Powerstroke turbo-diesel as this one offers an impressive 440 horsepower, but an almost unbelievable 925 lb.-ft. of torque. That huge amount of power goes to the wheels through an automatic transmission that shares the same amount of gears as standard unit for the gas engine, but very little else it has to be said.

In a year where there has already been plenty of recognition and accolades for this sensational new truck, the power and capability on offer has now resulted in it winning’s three-quarter-ton work truck challenge, where it easily saw off competition from domestic and foreign rivals.

This latest challenge for the F-250 was based on a collection of empirical tests carried out at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park in Chandler, Arizona, where the all-new Ford F-250 Super Duty XL 4x2 beat its rivals by quite a margin. Thanks to that 6.2-litre V-8 engine and its heavy-duty six-speed SelectShift-G automatic transmission, the Super Duty F-250 trounced the competition in 0-60 mph and quarter-mile acceleration, 60-0 braking, maximum horsepower and even for measured fuel economy.

Speaking in glowing terms about the Ford, the editors made it their winner thanks "Super Duty’s striking interior layout and quality materials, its numerous large and small storage spaces, top-notch acceleration and braking feel, more bed tie-downs and lighting features than the others."

For a couple of years, it could have been hard to decide between the re-engineered F-150 and the tried and tested F-250 if you didn't regularly need the extra power of the Super Duty. But now there's the all-new F-250, just come down to see us at Merlin Ford Lincoln and let us help you decide how much capability you need.
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