It's nice to sample a 2011 Super Duty that's not equipped with the company's new 6.7-liter turbo-diesel V-8. The new Power Stroke may grab most headlines, but Ford's all-new gasoline V-8 is also worthy of attention. In lieu of two different gas engines, 2011 Super Duties are available only with the company's new 6.2-liter, SOHC V-8. Ford rates the 6.2 at 385 hp and 405 pound-feet of torque -- an improvement over the outgoing 5.4-liter V-8, but still down on torque when compared with the V-10. I never found the 6.2 lacking for low-end grunt, and I'm smitten with the beautiful baritone song it emits while being put through its paces.
Sadly, the six-speed automatic doesn't quite seem to be as enthusiastic as the V-8 it's coupled to. In light driving, it's civilized, but it exhibited a hesitancy to downshift, leading to a couple rough shifts. I'm told that Ford has issued a software upgrade for its six-speed automatics mated with diesel engines designed to improve shift quality; it appears that the automatics paired with the gasoline V-8 could use it as well.
Evan McCausland, Web Producer