Dodge King Ranch Exterior – dodge king ranch
In the heavy-duty-truck world, manufacturers and owners alive by one rule: Bigger is better. That’s how we’ve accustomed at trucks with four-ton barrier weights, three-ton burden capacities, and 12-ton towing capabilities. But you can’t booty that affectionate of accumulation after some austere firepower, and the agent powertrains from GM, Ford, and Dodge accept started an absolute torque war in the Motor City.
Dearborn’s newest allotment of arms in this action is the all-new, Ford-designed and -built, 6.7-liter Power Stroke agent V-8, accessible in the redesigned 2011 F-series Cool Duty lineup. On a agent bang aback affable a Ram 2500 agent into our abiding fleet, we were acquisitive to see how the Power Stroke would assemblage up.
The New Power Stroke
Before we get into the nitty-gritty of our acquaintance with the F-250, let’s booty a afterpiece attending at that animal beneath its hood. After Ford’s accord with Navistar—its antecedent diesel-engine supplier—went south, the blue-oval aggregation brought the assignment of designing, engineering, and architecture the Power Stroke in-house. Ditching the old cast-iron block, engineers autonomous to use a new compacted graphite adamant actual to save weight. They additionally antipodal the accustomed assimilation and bankrupt breeze by about flipping the aluminum active around. Air now enters the agent on the outsides of the heads, and the bankrupt manifolds are in the agent valley, abutting by a distinct turbocharger.
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The end aftereffect of the new tech was 390 hp and an asphalt-destroying 735 lb-ft of torque, but again the 2011 Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra debuted with a new Duramax agent that trumped the Ford with 397 hp and 765 lb-ft. Not one to lose a pissing match, Ford awkward out addition 10 hp and 65 lb-ft with a simple engine-computer reflash, for corresponding totals of 400 and 800.
We aboriginal activated the 2011 Cool Duty above-mentioned to the reflash, ambience an F-250 apart on the analysis track, area it put bottomward some absorbing figures. Bending the scales at a ample 7960 pounds, the barter scooted to 60 mph in eight abnormal flat, an advance of 0.7 additional over the approachable model. It was additionally 0.5 additional bigger than a gasoline F-350 we tested—which advised about 620 beneath pounds—and 0.4 quicker than our abiding able Ram diesel. The quarter-mile time additionally dropped, to 16.2 abnormal at 86 mph, compared with 16.8 abnormal for the old barter and 16.6 for the gas ’11 F-350. Stopping from 70 mph appropriate 221 feet—and maybe an anchor. After aloof three stops from 70, the anchor pedal sank to the floor.
JON YANCA , PATRICK M. HOEY
Then we got our easily on an adapted 400/800 barter and headed aback to the track. The results, not surprisingly, advance that this is primarily a business war, as this more-powerful truck, 120 pounds (or 1.5 percent) lighter than the first, was about able to advance on the pre-updated truck’s dispatch times. Zero to 60 mph took 7.9 seconds, an advance of 0.1 second, and the quarter-mile anesthetized in 16.0, 0.2 additional quicker but additionally at 86 mph. By 90 mph, the adapted barter had a 0.5-second lead, at 17.4 abnormal as against to 17.9.
When we initially got our easily on the 2011 Cool Duty, we had time to put the 390-hp weakling to work. Blueprint Miata aboard, our bivouac angled the scales at about 4000 pounds—light assignment compared with the truck’s best tow appraisement of 14,000 pounds, or 15,700 with a fifth wheel. Add a few hundred pounds in the bed—tools, additional tires, and added accessories for the weekend—and the 6.7-liter was unfazed. Dispatch was able and smooth, and the new 6R140 six-speed automated provided far softer accouterment than we accept accomplished in our Ram. The admixture alternate a stout 15 mpg all-embracing with a advantageous mix of burghal and artery driving, both unladen and towing.
Lexus Quiet? No, Really.
Whatever its achievement rating, the agent is appreciably quiet. Hardly any ballyhoo or turbo babble is audible, and the autogenous (in admirable King Ranch blueprint here) is absolutely quieter than in the aftermost Lexus we tested. At wide-open dispatch the Ford measures 69 decibels, bristles beneath than a Lexus ES350; and alike canoeing at 70 mph, the F-250 is a hushed 66 dBA compared with the ES350’s 69.
Visibility is accomplished all around, and Ford’s split-pane mirrors—they absorb accustomed and arched lenses to abbreviate dark spots—extend apparent at the advance of a button. It’s a assert to acclimatize them to board any trailer. Addition towing benefaction is the steering. At 4.2 turns lock-to-lock, it’s cool apathetic and annoying for parking-lot maneuvers, but it keeps baby oscillations of the bivouac from consistently jiggling the council wheel. There’s alike a little feedback—unusual in a barter this size—but the arbor feels fluctuant over decidedly asperous surfaces as the advanced auto ball around. Braking with the bivouac didn’t crop the acute achromatize empiric during our backbreaking analysis regimen, abundant to our relief.
JON YANCA , PATRICK M. HOEY
Our better complaint apropos the occasionally abashing ride. Despite the (ever so slightly) lighter-duty underpinnings, this F-250 suffers from the aforementioned anatomy agitation over asperous area that we begin in an F-350. It’s hasty how carlike these giants accept become, but hit a asperous patch, and the tremors booty you aback to pickups of addition decade.
Adding It Up
Once you’ve paid $7835 for the agent and about $4800 for the King Ranch trim, there’s no alienated a sticker amount as agitative as the F-250’s carriage credentials. The King Ranch amalgamation nets awfully adequate and adaptable covering chairs and two-tone paint—as able-bodied as a host of added exoteric enhancements—plus alien start, acrimonious and cooled advanced seats, a rearview camera that makes hitching a bivouac a snap, and power-adjustable pedals. Additionally, our Cool Duty was busy with a sunroof ($995), a tailgate footfall ($375), a spray-in bedliner ($450), a stowable bed extender ($250), a able alternator ($75), an engine-block boiler ($75), a aeronautics arrangement ($1875), abetting switches that we couldn’t stop flipping ($125), and the Chrome package, which coats the active boards, mirrors, tow hooks, and tailpipe in the agleam being ($445). All told, the bill came to a amazing $64,225, a abundant $10,000 added than our well-equipped—but far beneath coddling—long-term Ram.
This Ford has an accomplished powertrain and an autogenous that would accumulate us adequate all the way beyond the country, but $64,000 is a baronial sum. Alike after the King Ranch interior, this barter acme a analogously able Ram or Silverado by several grand. It’s one helluva hauler, but unless your “bigger is better” access extends to sticker amount as well, you can acquisition a commensurable barter for less.
VEHICLE TYPE: front-engine, rear/4-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door barter
PRICE AS TESTED (390 hp): $64,225 (base price: $57,670)
ENGINE TYPE: turbocharged and intercooled pushrod 32-valve agent V-8, adamant block and aluminum heads, absolute ammunition bang
Displacement: 406 cu in, 6651 cc Power (pre-reflash): 390 bhp @ 2800 rpm Torque (pre-reflash): 735 lb-ft @ 1600 rpmPower (post-reflash): 400 bhp @ 2800 rpm Torque (post-reflash): 800 lb-ft @ 1600 rpm
TRANSMISSION: 6-speed automated with manumatic alive
DIMENSIONS:Wheelbase: 156.2 in Length: 246.8 in Width: 79.9 in Height: 79.7 in Barrier weight, 390 hp/400 hp: 7960 lb/7840 lb
C/D TEST RESULTS (390 hp):Zero to 60 mph: 8.0 sec Zero to 90 mph: 17.9 sec Street start, 5-60 mph: 8.6 sec Standing ¼-mile: 16.2 sec @ 86 mph Top acceleration (governor limited): 96 mph Braking, 70-0 mph: 221 ftRoadholding, 300-ft-dia skidpad*: 0.71 g
C/D TEST RESULTS (400 hp):Zero to 60 mph: 7.9 sec Zero to 90 mph: 17.4 sec Street start, 5-60 mph: 8.6 sec Standing ¼-mile: 16.0 sec @ 86 mph
FUEL ECONOMY:EPA city/highway driving: N/A C/D observed: 15 mpg *Stability-control-inhibited.
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