Maxed Out! Can the New, 500 Horsepower 2023 Ford F-450 Super Duty Diesel ACTUALLY Tow 40,000 Pounds?
In the world of pickup trucks, capability reigns supreme for most consumers. It’s no wonder that manufacturers heavily emphasize towing capacity in their marketing efforts to drive sales. Even if a consumer opts for a less capable truck trim level, the allure of that “maximum capacity” rating being tossed around in the commercials can still influence their decision-making process.
When it comes down to it, what is it really like to get behind the wheel of the most capable pickup truck in a lineup? Ford boasts that its top-of-the-line 2023 Super Duty can tow up to a whopping 40,000 pounds, almost sounding as though they’ve added a touch of magic to make it happen.
Fortunately, thanks to the team at The Fast Lane Truck, we now have the opportunity to experience this truck that makes such lofty promises firsthand.
In reality, it’s highly unlikely that most owners will ever attempt to tow the full 40,000 pounds. However, there will always be a select few who push their trucks to the absolute limit, putting them through incredibly demanding work. Even for those who don’t intend to go all the way, it can be good to know that the truck has the capability should an oversized load ever pop up.
Naturally, even though we believe Ford’s promises, we can’t help but wonder how this machine performs in real-world scenarios. After all, hauling a load of that magnitude is no small feat. Will the truck deliver on its promises and effortlessly pull the heavy load, or will there be some unexpected challenges along the way?
In the following showcase, we join the exhibition that rigorously tests the latest and greatest Super Duty model to see just how it handles its maximum capacity. With this firsthand account, we can gain valuable insights into the truck’s true capabilities and performance.