If you like to know all the specifications of the latest cars, then a term you’ve seen hundreds of times is torque, usually in the form of pound-feet (lb-ft). But what does torque mean? Essentially, torque is the amount of turning power an engine has.
Let’s take the Ford Fusion as a starting example. Its 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine delivers 175 lb-ft of torque at 4,500 RPMs. This means, if you had a one-foot long wrench and applied 175 pounds of pressure, you would get 175 lb-ft of torque. This force is what causes a vehicle to accelerate.
Obviously different types of engines produce different amounts of torque. Diesel engines have some of the best torque ratings, which is essential for pulling power while towing. The 6.7-liter Power Stroke Turbo Diesel V8 in the Ford Super Duty delivers best-in-class torque with 925 lb-ft of torque at 1,800 RPMs.
2016 Ford Super Duty
Torque is a car’s ability to move at lower speeds. With this amount of available power at a lower engine speed, drivers can achieve ideal towing abilities. Whereas in the Fusion, the engine has to turning a lot faster to reach the maximum available torque rating.
Horsepower works directly with torque to deliver speed at higher engine power.
Recently Ford announced the capabilities of their 2015 Super Duty lineup. The 2015 Ford F-450 will be a class leader with its 6.7-liter Power Stroke turbodiesel V8 engine. Ford claims that the F-450 will be able to make an astounding 440-horsepower and 860 pound-feet of torque. Ford is also claiming that the F-450 can tow 31,200 pounds!
Ford has been able to up the power on F-450 models by introducing a larger turbocharger for its powerful Power Stroke engine. The model also includes a re-tuned computer and fuel injector tips.
Power isn’t the only advancement on the 2015 Ford F-450, the model is said to have a slightly upgraded look with redesigned 19.5-inch wheels and new tires. The Super Duty pickup will also feature upgraded shocks, stabilizer bars, leaf springs, and U-joints which will really increase ride quality.
If you are looking for the best in power and work capabilities, be sure to check out the lineup of Super Duty trucks here at Friendly Ford your Roselle area Ford dealership.