2011 Ford Super Duty Gets Torque Upgrade to 800 lb-ft

By Chris Haak

Ford’s new 2011 Super Duty pickups are just hitting dealers, but that didn’t stop Ford from upgrading the trucks on the fly just after launch.  Beginning with production next week, trucks equipped with Ford’s new in-house developed 6.7 liter PowerStroke diesel will receive a software upgrade to 400 horsepower and a staggering 800 lb-ft of torque.  Better still, early buyers of 2011 Ford Super Duty trucks equipped with this engine can go to their Ford dealer for a free 30-minute software upgrade that will miraculously unlock another 10 horsepower and 65 lb-ft of torque.

Early production 6.7 liter PowerStroke-equipped trucks were rated at 390 horsepower and 735 lb-ft, but those numbers were set before General Motors one-upped Ford with 2011 output numbers of 397 horsepower and 765 lb-ft on its 2011 Chevy Silverado HD and GMC Sierra HD pickups.

Not content to leave its all-new powertrain play second fiddle to the General’s offering, Ford had hinted a few weeks ago that it had something up its sleeve following the announcement of GM’s numbers.  Even better, the software upgrade will also allow the trucks to show slight fuel economy improvements as well.  In other words, truck owners will be able to have their cake and eat it too.

Ford’s new 6.7 liter PowerStroke is its first internally-developed diesel truck engine in decades.  Previously, the company had partnered with truckmaker Navistar on diesel engines.  Because this PowerStroke is all-new, it offers a lot more upside for tuning and upgrades than did the earlier PowerStrokes, and as it’s early in its life cycle, the potential exists for the PowerStroke to continue surpassing GM’s Duramax diesel output numbers.

At the end of this month, Ford will also upgrade the frame of new Super Duty trucks to increase their payload rating by 550 pounds and its fifth wheel towing capacity by 1,000 pounds.  Unfortunately, it will not be possible to retroactively add those upgrades to already-built trucks.  But hey, enjoy your new torque, Super Duty owners!

The full press release from Ford is below:


  • The 6.7-liter Power Stroke® V8 turbocharged diesel powering the 2011 Ford F-Series
    Super Duty is now rated at best-in-class 800 lb.-ft. of torque and 400 horsepower
  • Existing 2011 Ford F-Series Super Duty diesel pickup owners can get the increased power along with additional fuel economy improvements through a free dealer-installed software upgrade to the truck’s powertrain control module

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TRAVERSE CITY, Mich., Aug. 3, 2010 – In an industry first, Ford Motor Company will make sure all 2011 Ford F-Series Super Duty pickup customers – past and future – receive the added power produced by the all-new 6.7-liter Power Stroke V8 turbocharged diesel.

The new Power Stroke is now rated at a best-in-class 800 lb.-ft. of torque and 400 horsepower. Owners who purchased a 2011 Super Duty diesel earlier this year will receive a letter inviting them to their dealership for the free 30-minute software upgrade to the truck’s powertrain control module.  

The upgrade program will begin by Aug. 31 and continue for the next 12 months. The 2011 Super Duty diesel pickups in dealer inventory also will receive the upgrade.

“We want to take care of our loyal, F-Series Super Duty pickup owners who supported us when we debuted our all-new Ford-designed, Ford-engineered and Ford-built Power Stroke earlier this year and reward them by offering them the same best-in-class torque, horsepower and fuel economy our new customers are receiving right now,” said Barb Samardzich, Ford Motor Company’s vice president of powertrain engineering.

Samardzich made the announcement at the Center for Automotive Research’s annual Management Briefing Seminars.

Marc Cross, co-owner of Jordan Ford in San Antonio, is eager to share the news with his loyal customers. His store is in the center of the largest truck market in the country – about 20 percent of truck sales nationally – and among the top 100 retail Super Duty volume dealerships in the country.

“Simply put, I love it,” said Cross, who has been with the dealership since 1987 and a co-owner since 2003. “Not just the increased power, which is fantastic, but the fact that I can call my loyal customers who bought the 2011 Super Duty diesel pickups at the outset and let them enjoy this upgrade, too.

“It’s human nature to say, ‘Darn, I should have waited.’ But with this program, there’s no penalty for being an early adopter, so to speak.”

Cross’ affiliation with Ford dates back to 1978; he says this type of program is a first as far as he can remember.

“I think this is unprecedented; I don’t remember anything like this,” said Cross, who added the 2011 Super Duty diesel pickup is outselling the outgoing product about 3:1. “This shows the tremendous alignment between Ford Motor Company and its dealers and its customers. I also think in a way people expect this type of action from Ford. Ford is operating differently – at a higher standard.”

This latest initiative complements ongoing customer service related to the introduction of the new Power Stroke. 2011 Super Duty diesel pickup customers also can return to their dealers for one no-charge DEF (Diesel Exhaust Fluid) top-off. DEF is used in the aftertreatment system to help reduce emissions. It generally is topped off during oil-change service intervals, depending on customer use.

“For customers who haven’t yet taken advantage of this free offer for a DEF top-off, the software upgrade might be the perfect time to come in and have both services at once, free of charge,” said Doug Scott, Truck Group Marketing Manager.

Author: Chris Haak

Chris is Autosavant's Managing Editor. He has a lifelong love of everything automotive, having grown up as the son of a car dealer. A married father of two sons, Chris is also in the process of indoctrinating them into the world of cars and trucks.

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  1. Obviously adding horsepower and torque to these monsters isn’t terribly difficult. In 12 years, the SuperDuty torque numbers have increased 60%, from 500 lb ft to 800 lb ft. But it may be necessary to reach a ceiling for towing capacity. As tow ratings creep towards and surpass 25k lbs, a question arises. Are regular drivers really qualified to handle a 3 ton truck towing a 13 ton load?

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