That's roughly $15k more than a Silverado 3500HD with a 36,000 lbs tow rating.
Earlier today, Ford published the power, hauling, and towing figures for the all-new Super Duty. When it made its debut a few weeks ago, Ford promised class-leading towing and hauling ability, and it certainly delivered on that promise.
The two big figures are the 40,000-pound towing capacity and the 8,000 lbs payload rating. Naturally, there are provisos involved, and these figures are not applicable to all Super Duty models. There are several things you need to take into account, and it's too much to list here. Instead, have a look at our substantial guide to towing to see all the weight regulations.
The 40,000 lb towing capacity is only applicable to the F-450 Super Duty using a gooseneck hitch. It has to be a Regular Cab equipped with the High Output Power Stroke Diesel and the Max Tow Package.
Now that the configurator is live, we thought we'd look at how much it would cost to get that 40,000 lbs towing ability, which looks good on paper but might look a bit different once you know the price. Out of interest, we'll also check how much you need to spend for the 8,000 lbs hauling capacity.
The cheapest F-450 Regular Cab is the XL, which starts at $58,455. It comes with the 6.7-liter V8 Power Stoke turbocharged diesel engine, 10-speed automatic transmission, trailer sway control, trailer brake controller, and SYNC 4 with an eight-inch LCD touchscreen.
To qualify, it needs to be a 4x2, which is the default. The High Output Power Stroke adds $12,495 to the price, however.
While a 5th Wheel/Gooseneck Hitch Prep Package is standard, the hitch kit itself is not, adding another $525. The Max Tow Package is not yet listed under the options, which could mean that it's included with the 500 horsepower/1200 lb-ft engine option.
The total for this build comes to $73,270, including destination charges. The equivalent Chevrolet Silverado 3500 HD (Work Truck, Regular Cab, long bed, RWD, with DRW) with a Max Trailering Package and the Gooseneck/5th Wheel Package costs $57,775. It can tow 36,000 lbs, which is 4,000 down on the Ford.
It's also worth keeping in mind that the Ford Super Duty models are much more luxurious than before, but $15,495 is a high price for that additional towing ability.
The Super Duty with the highest hauling ability is the F350 DRW Regular Cab 4X2 XL with a gas engine and the Heavy-Duty Payload Package. The standard truck costs $45,015, and the Gas Heavy-Duty Payload Package is just $295. The total, including the destination charge, is $47,105.
The Silverado HD can haul 7,442 lbs at the most, which requires a Silverado 3500 HD Regular Cab Long Bed 2WD DRW. There's no need to add anything, so the total price comes to $57,775, including destination charges. In contrast to towing, the Ford is roughly $10,000 cheaper when it comes to hauling.