In this day when it seems more Canadian production jobs are lost everyday, it’s refreshing to see Ford making a commitment to the country’s workforce by building its new HD pickup engine in Windsor, Ont.
The optional new 7.3-litre V-8 for 2020 F-Series Super Duty pickups will be the standard power provider on medium duty trucks (F-550, F-600, F-650 and F-750), F-53 and F-59 stripped chassis models, and E-Series cutaways.
The Canadian-built overhead-valve engine puts out 430 hp and 475 lb-ft of torque (best among gasoline-fed naturally-aspirated V-8s in HD pickups), and is paired on the Super Duty pickups to an all-new 10-speed heavy-duty TorqShift automatic (except F-650 and F-750, which continue with a heavy-duty 6-speed). Also, for chassis cab applications, the 10-speed automatic is also paired to the 6.7-litre PowerStroke turbodiesel V-8, and adds power takeoff to improve launch torque (the feature is optional with the 7.3 V-8 in Super Duty pickups).
“The 7.3-litre is designed for maximum durability in the harshest environments given that our customers live and work in these conditions every day,” said Joel Beltramo, Ford manager for gas V-8 engines. “This engine has the largest displacement in its class and is designed to provide benefits in key areas like power, durability, ease of maintenance and total operating costs.”
The flexible engine has been certified to provide 350-hp and 468 lb-ft of torque in medium-truck and stripped chassis applications, but it is not known which version the upgraded E-Series will receive. An optional “eco” calibration will also be offered at a later date.
Among the engine features are a variable-displacement oil-pump, forged steel crankshaft, piston cooling-jets and extra-large main bearings.