Ford introduced the F650 for sale in 2000 as replacement for the F600 super truck. As they did with the F600, Ford intends the F650 as a commercial vehicle with a focus on towing and heavy hauling that can meet the needs of the world's largest construction projects. However, that hasn't stopped truck enthusiasts from seeing other potential, and aftermarket packages have resulted in an F650 for sale that is a lot like Navistar's International CXT, which they cancelled in 2008.
This Class 6/7 truck comes with the customer's choice of three engines. There's the old but reliable 5.9L Cummins diesel engine, the recently updated and innovated 6.7L Cummins diesel engine, and a 7.2L Caterpillar diesel engine that packs the punch need to tackle the most difficult jobs. The 5.9L is the "standard" engine option, and most of the advertised price quotes reflect that.
In terms of design, the 5.9L Cummins B-series engines are essentially the same engines introduced in the 1989 Dodge pickup truck lineup. However, a great deal has changed since 1989. Engine aspects such as cylinder heads, emissions equipment, injection systems, and turbos, have all experienced dramatic improvement in the two decades since their inception. A 5.9L-powered F650 puts forth 269 horsepower at 2,550 rpm, and it provides 594 pound-feet of torque at 2,300 rpm.
While injection systems and valves have undergone radical changes over the years, one constant with the Cummins B-series has been the displacement of the units. However, all of that changed in 2007 when Ford added 12% displacement to the 6.7L Cummins B-series I-6 engines in the face of increased emission control. The new 409-cubic-inch engine also got a variable geometry turbocharger, a diesel particulate filter, advanced electronics, and an EGR cooler. A 6.7L-equipped F650 truck hammers out 325 horsepower at 2600 rpm and 750 pound-feet of torque at 1800 rpm.
The premium 7.2L, 441-cubic-inch Caterpillar turbo diesel included in the F650 for sale is a true monster that, at the risk of reading like a manufacturer's brochure, has set a new standard for rugged performance. The in-line 6-cylinder 7.2-liter Cat C7 engine flexes its muscles to the tune of 360 horsepower and 925 pound-feet of torque. What is perhaps most impressive is that while the F650 can weigh as much as 5 tons, the 7.2L Caterpillar C7 Acert engine manages to get 14 mpg out of its 110-gallon fuel tank.
There is little argument that the 2011 F650 for sale is one of the biggest and meanest trucks available on the market. Ford's designers may intend it as the ultimate big dig utility truck, but don't kid yourself, they understand how this truck speaks to people who just love trucks and off-road activities. Ford engineers the F650 to withstand arctic temperatures and Death Valley heat. They do so, they say, in order to withstand anything a commercial, industrial or military operation can throw at it. They also understand the value of good marketing.
The good news is that the F650 is relatively inexpensive. A consumer can get into a new one for approximately $50,000 if they are willing to go with the 5.9L Cummins and a barebones package. This is the perfect solution for the truck enthusiast who is willing to self-install the off-road package and other customizations. For the consumer considering purchasing a pre-modified F650 for sale, be prepared to spend at least $100,000.
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