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Tough, Smart and Capable Super Duty Delivers

Although its little sibling, the F-150, has been Motor Trend’s Truck of the Year on four different occasions, this is the first time ever the workhorse Ford Super Duty has won the honor. The 2017 Motor Trend Truck of the Year is one of the most prestigious awards in the auto industry. “We are honored to win this year’s Motor Trend Truck of the Year Award as it underscores how the all-new 2017 Ford Super Dutys are the toughest, smartest and most capable trucks we’ve ever built,” said Ford’s president of The Americas, Joe Hinrichs. “For 39 consecutive years, Ford F-series has been America’s favorite truck, and now Motor Trend has given one of our F-Series top honors for the fifth time.” The Super Duty features best-in-class payload and towing ability, making it a perfect choice for work or play. This workhorse is full of creature comforts, as you’ll see when you take a test drive at Chapman Ford.

Steel and Aluminum Create Tough, Efficient Truck

A high-strength military steel box frame creates the bones for this tough truck, around which a strong aluminum alloy provides a ding and dent resistant body. The aluminum body Super Duty is also a great choice for cold country, as it is rust resistant. The metal combination reduces the weight of the truck by 350 pounds, providing a more efficient solution to your towing and hauling needs.

Cameras and Technology Make Job Easier

The new Ford Super Duty has up to seven cameras to give the driver eyes where none ever existed before. This results in simplifying the tough tasks of towing and backing up, making an inexperienced driver look like a pro. The new Super Duty also has available safety features such as Cross-Traffic Alert, Lane Departure Warning, Collision Warning and Adaptive Cruise Control to help you avoid accidents. SYNC 3 uses improved voice recognition software to let you play your favorite tunes, plan a navigation route or make a phone call without ever taking your eyes off the road.

Super Duty Exceeds Expectations

Motor Trend editor-in-chief Ed Loh said the choice was clear when it came to picking the Truck of the Year. “We judge the contenders based on six categories – from design to efficiency to performance – characterizing the things consumers want most in their next vehicle,” he said. “The all new 2017 Ford Super Duty met and exceeded our criteria, truly proving it is the undisputed leader in towing, capability and power – exactly what truck customers want.” See how the new Super Duty can fill all your needs and wants by visiting Chapman Ford in Scottsdale today.


Toughest Production Truck Mostly Stock

When four-time Baja 1000 champion Greg Foutz gets behind the wheel of a 2017 Ford Raptor for the upcoming SCORE Baja 1000 race, he will be driving a truck that is strikingly similar to the one that you can buy at Chapman Ford. “The stock engine, transmission and powertrain calibrations are phenomenal,” Foutz said. “Suspension-wise, everything else – including its wheels and BFGoodrich K021 tires – is carried over from the 2017 production model.” The only things added to this Raptor that is not on the production truck are a safety cage, puncture resistant fuel tank, racing seats and harness and LED lighting to comply with SCORE requirements. Foutz is very familiar with the workings of the new Raptor, having driven in several events already this year. He completed a 645 mile race from Vegas to Reno in the heat of August in under 15 hours.

EcoBoost V6 Powers Raptor

The 2017 Ford Raptor Foutz is running in the Baja 1000 is powered by the same EcoBoost V6 that anyone can buy. It not only produces 450 horsepower, but delivers a stout 510 pound-feet of torque through its performance cycle. This makes it the perfect truck for not only getting out of trouble when you go a little too far off-road, but also a great vehicle for recreational towing. The Raptor built for the Baja utilizes the same military grade aluminum and stout steel frame as the production vehicle. It also has a new 4-wheel drive torque-on-demand transfer case and six mode Terrain Management System.

Ford Performance Shares Technology

The Ford Performance team utilizes the results of real-world events like the Baja 1000 to share technology with the entire Ford production team. That means lessons learned in the harsh desert transfer over to the entire Ford truck program, producing vehicles that are ready to work and play. “We take what we learn in off-road competition with a factory stock truck to further resign our design and engineering attributes,” said Jamal Hameedi, Ford Performance chief engineer. The Ford Performance team is working to deliver 12 new production vehicles by the model year 2020. The current lineup includes the Raptor, GT, Shelby GT350, Shelby GT350R, Focus RS, Focus ST and Fiesta ST. Check in with the team at Chapman Ford to schedule a test drive and see just how much fun you can have on four wheels.