2021 Ford F-150 Gets Up To 430 Horsepower, 14,000 Pound Towing Capacity

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Ford unveiled the all-new 2021 F-150 earlier this June, but it’s waited until now to provide all of the details on how much power the pickup truck’s engines will make and what kind of towing capacity the vehicle has. Without spoiling anything, the wait was certainly worth it, as Ford’s claiming best-in-class towing and payload capacities along with the most torque ever from the nameplate.

There’s a lot to digest and it’s easier to just showcase the information in a large table, which you’ll find below.

Engine Type Horsepower Torque Towing Capacity Payload Capacity
3.3L V6 290 hp 265 lb-ft 8,200 pounds 1,985 pounds
2.7L Twin-Turbo V6 325 hp 400 lb-ft 10,100 pounds 2,480 pounds
3.5L Twin-Turbo V6 400 hp 500 lb-ft 14,000 pounds 3,250 pounds
3.5L Twin-Turbo V6 Hybrid 430 hp 570 lb-ft 12,700 pounds 2,120 pounds
5.0L V8 400 hp 410 lb-ft 13,000 pounds 3,325 pounds
3.0L Turbodiesel V6 250 hp 440 lb-ft 12,100 pounds 1,840 pounds

Compared to last year, a lot of power specifications stay the same, but towing and payload capacity goes up for every powertrain. For the 2020 model, the twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 was the most capable in terms of towing, offering owners with 13,200 pounds of capability. For 2021, the same powertrain is still the one to get for consumers that plan on doing a lot of towing, but towing capacity is now rated at 14,000 pounds. That beats the Chevrolet Silverado 1500’s 13,400-pound rating and the 2021 Ram 1500’s 12,750-pound capacity.

Ford F-150

The most interesting powertrain in the lineup is the new hybrid that consists of a turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 engine and an electric motor. Combined, the powertrain is rated at 430 hp and 570 lb-ft of torque. The last figure is the most impressive part of the powertrain and makes the 2021 F-150 the most powerful model ever. Additionally, with 12,700 pounds of towing capacity, it ranks closely with the maximum towing capacities of its rivals.

Unfortunately, when it comes to payload capacity, the 5.0-liter V8 engine is the one to get. With the engine, the F-150 boasts 3,325 pounds of payload capacity. That’s significantly better than the Ram 1500’s maximum payload capacity of 2,300 pounds and the Silverado 1500’s 2,280 pounds of payload capacity. Last year, the most the F-150 could hold in its bed was 3,270 pounds.

While Ford made consumers wait to know what kind of capability the all-new 2021 F-150 has, it certainly was worth the wait, as the pickup continues to reign supreme in areas where it matters the most. Ford didn’t release any information on the upcoming electric variant, but we’re expecting the automaker to release that information sometime next year. The 2021 Ford F-150 will go on sale before the end of the year, though we’re still waiting to get official information on pricing.

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, Automotive Editor

Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

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