In an effort to expand its commercial vehicle sales in an uncertain economy, Ford has just announced that it will offer its 6.8-liter gasoline V-10 as an optional engine in the Super Duty F-650 medium-duty truck, making it the only medium-duty truck to offer gas propulsion.
Ford is planning on offering the 362-hp 6.8-liter V-10 as an optional engine in the F-650 to appeal to commercial customers who may be facing budget cuts in tough times. Bolted to a six-speed automatic transmission with dual-overdrive, Ford says that buyers won’t be sacrificing comfort of fuel economy by opting for a gas engine over a turbodiesel mill. The gas engine cranks out 457 lb-ft of peak torque.
Ford also says that by opting for the 6.8-liter V-10 that buyers will be saving an average of $8300, likely in up-front costs, considering that over the life of the vehicle, more money could theoretically be saved by opting for a more fuel efficient diesel engine. When equipped with the 6.8-liter V-10, the cheapest F-650 is the $54,840 F-650 6.8-liter Pro-Loader with 19.5-in wheels.
Would you go for the cost savings up front with the gas V-10, or would you save in the long run with a diesel mill?