Ford Super Duty with F-250, F-350 and F-450 variants are among the most powerful pickup-trucks in production. Previously we compared Tesla Cybertruck with popular F-150 model and it exceeded in performance by a good margin. But can it hold up against Ford’s most powerful lineup?
Ford F-250, F-350, F-450 engines
Ford offers two engines for these variants; 6.7L Power Stroke V8 Turbo Diesel and 6.2L 2-Valve Gas V8 FFV. 6.7L version is standard in all trims of F-450 and in Limited version of F-250/F-350, but is available for other trims at a cost. 6.2L is standard in XL, XLT, Lariat, King Ranch and Platinum trims of F-250/F-350, this engine is not available for F-450.
Ford’s 6.7L V8 Turbo Diesel engine produces 450 horsepower, almost half of Cybertruck Triple motor version. Tesla’s Single and Dual motor hp is currently under the wraps. F-250 and F-350 6.2L gas V8 produces 385 hp.
F-450 with its massive 6.7L diesel engine producing 935 lb-ft @1,800 rpm is still behind Cybertruck Tri’s 1,000 hp, though by a small margin. The 6.2L gas V8 version manages to do 430 lb-ft @ 3,800 rpm.
Ford does not give 0-60 mph numbers for its pick-up trucks, but according to Motortrend who tested F-450 2015 model, it does 0-60 mph in 8.3 seconds, so we can assume its newer model is in similar range. All Cybertruck models are quicker in this comparison.
Towing Capacity (lbs)
With up to 35,000 lbs towing capacity, Ford’s Super Duty lineup is a work horse. All Cybertruck models came at the end in this category. It is important to mention here, in order to make this comparison less complicated we have only included ‘up to’ figures, towing capacity varies between Regular Cab, SuperCab and Crew Cab body types. The lowest towing capacity version is Crew Cab at 12,100 lbs capacity for 3.73 axle ratio version of F-350 DRW 4×4, but it goes up to 16,300 lbs for Regular Cab with 4.3 axle ratio. Looking at the large number of available choices, it seems Ford has a truck for everyone’s needs.
Payload Capacity (lbs)
Ford has won this comparison by a big margin, but it should be reminded here, Cybertruck is going to be world’s first mass-production fully electric pick-up truck, while Ford trucks are at the peak of its technology after 95 years in production. The first factory assembled pick-up truck built by Ford Motor Company was in 1925 called Motel T. It produced 20 horsepower, had a top speed of 45 mph and payload capacity of few crates of bananas.
Cargo Volume (cu. ft.)
Due to the unique shape of Cybertruck, it has more cargo volume than all variants of Ford.
Cargo Bed Length (inches)
The 8 feet box variant has the highest bed length of 98 inches, then 6.75 feet box version at 82 inches. All Cybertruck models have bed length of 78 inches.
Overall Length (inches)
Ford Super Duty Crew Cab and SuperCab are longer trucks, but Regular Cab 8′ box version is almost same size as Cybertruck.
Overall Width (inches)
The DRW variants of F-250, F-350 and F-450 are 16 inches wider than Cybertruck while SRW variants of F-250 and F-350 are almost of same width.
Ground Clearance (inches)
Cybertruck has almost twice the ground clearance at 16″ as compared to Ford’s 8.4″-8.8″, it would be interesting to see how Cybertruck handles with such high ground clearance and high performance.
Price (US Dollars)
Cybertruck price is sandwiched in between Ford’s choices. The cheapest model of Ford is F-250 XL with starting price of $33,705, and the most expensive is F-450 Limited with starting price of $90,530. The cheapest model of Cybertruck is Single version with starting price of $39,900, next is Dual at $49,900 and Tri at $69,900.
So, what we can take from this is Cybertruck is more comparable to F-150 and from what we have seen in tug of war challenge done by Tesla, its clear they are gunning for F-150’s market share, understandably, since its North America’s best selling pick-up truck. Cybertruck is most definitely a capable truck, but when it comes to heavy work environment or if very high towing and payload capacity is required, Ford Super Duty brand’s market is in no danger, at-least not yet.