|XL||6.2-liter V8 Gas||6-Speed Automatic||Rear Wheel Drive, Four Wheel Drive||$32,433||$34,320|
|XLT||6.2-liter V8 Gas||6-Speed Automatic||Rear Wheel Drive, Four Wheel Drive||$36,373||$38,490|
|Lariat||6.2-liter V8 Gas||6-Speed Automatic||Rear Wheel Drive, Four Wheel Drive||$44,500||$47,090|
|King Ranch||6.2-liter V8 Gas||6-Speed Automatic||Rear Wheel Drive, Four Wheel Drive||$53,265||$56,365|
|Platinum||6.2-liter V8 Gas||6-Speed Automatic||Rear Wheel Drive, Four Wheel Drive||$59,327||$62,780|
by Danny Shin
The Ford F-350 features a body made extensively of aluminum to reduce weight without compromising strength, with high strength steel to aid. But it loses none of the capability the Super Duty has become widely renowned for, with huge towing capacity and payload capacity. For those who require even heavier duty work from their F-350, the dual-rear wheel (DRW) pushes the abilities even further. Available in three body styles – regular cab, super cab, and crew cab – and with the choice of rear- or all-wheel drive, there’s a version to cater for anyone from the workaholic to the weekend heavy hauler.
With its new aluminum body shell, interior space has grown substantially compared to models of old. Even in super cab configuration, the rear space is ample for shorter journeys, though if you want passenger space, the crew cab is a must. Inside the cabin, materials range from cheap to luxurious, all trim dependant – with XL and XLT models featuring vinyl and cloth upholstery respectively, while other trims feature leather upholstered seats. From the driver’s seat, visibility is an issue due to the sheer size of the F-350, but a range of camera systems that include surround view enable visibility at all corners.
With the dual-rear wheels, the Super Duty can only be had with the extended 8-foot load bed, upping its payload to a maximum of 7 630 pounds with the regular cab and rear-wheel drive.
For such a substantially sized machine, the F350 Super Duty DRW feels surprisingly nimble. It’s largely due to a new variable ratio steering setup that turns the wheels more at lower speeds and less at higher speeds for greater maneuverability on the slow and enhanced stability at pace. It doesn’t tighten the turning circle at all – merely makes it easier to use, and the hydraulic system offers plenty of feel – something seldom bragged about on rigs this big.
The Super Duty, when equipped in F350 guise, features heavy duty suspension for enhanced hauling ability. As such, it rides very firmly and accentuates the jiggle associated with body on frame trucks. The stiffer suspension and stiffer frame underneath respond well when heavily laden, the ride quality improving as the pounds pile on. Hitch a trailer and stability is immense, making this arguably the best heavy-hauler around.
The standard engine on the F350 Super Duty is a 6.2-liter V8 FlexFuel engine, developing 385 horsepower and 430 lb-ft of torque. But if you’ll be doing hauling – why else by the dual rear wheel – you’ll want the optional 6.7-liter turbo-diesel V8 with 425hp and a monumental 925 lb-ft. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard, with the choice of either rear- or all-wheel drive. Correctly equipped, the F350 Super Duty DRW can tow up to 21 000 pounds on a conventional trailer, without the need for a load-equalizing hitch. With a goose-neck trailer, maximum capacity climbs to 32 000lbs.
The F350 DRW is available in 5 trims. XL and XLT are utilitarian trims, with vinyl and cloth upholstery respectively, and telescopic towing mirrors on the XL, and cruise control, a rear-view camera, and SYNC infotainment system. The mid-range Lariat trim adds visual upgrades, dual-zone climate, rear parking sensors, leather upholstery, and an 8-inch screen, the King Ranch model adds a Western-theme and automatic high beams, keyless ignition, and navigation. The range-topping Platinum model – crew cab only like the King Ranch – features a range of safety features including blind spot monitoring, and rear-cross traffic alert.
Dual rear wheels on the F350 Super Duty add an extra layer of ability. No one buys a DRW without the intention to haul and tow, so it’s best to spring for the turbo-diesel motor, with its astounding 925 lb-ft of torque. Select a trim level to suit your lifestyle – there’s one for everyone.