SAN FRANCISCO: What's Big, Red, Tall, and looks like a Dodge Ram Pick-up truck on
steroids?? Come on Bubba, there's gonna be a quiz at the end, so THINK!! Well, I'll help
you out just a little with this one. Think Ford - Think Super Duty. Ford is now building
the Tallest, Widest, and most Expensive pick-up trucks on the planet for the 1999 model
year. Super Duty Trucks are starting to show up at your local Ford Dealership, ready to go
to work, play or just impress the hell out of the Planet Hollywood crowd.
When Ford attached the nameplate to these new trucks, they put their
money where their mouth is, and proved they were serious about the heavy duty F-250 and
F-350 market. This pick-up truck has all the markings of the "Bigger is Better"
Engineering that Ford has pioneered lately, like in the Lincoln Navigator and the Ford
Expedition Sport Utility Vehicles, that have taken that segment by storm. The cab is huge
- the step-in height of the Bright Red XLT 4x4 Short Bed SuperCab test truck was almost 3
foot off the ground, and the overall height was just under 7 feet tall. This is one big
truck, and yes, "Size Does Matter."
Added to this mix was a whisper-quiet Triton 6.8 Liter EFI V-10 engine
with 275 horsepower and Electronic "Shift On The Fly" Four-Wheel Drive, and that
made this Super Duty drive and handle like a sports sedan. Well,...almost. You feel like
you are in control at all times, which is a really good idea in a truck this size, with no
shake, rattle or roll, and the handling is rock solid. Most likely, that's why I enjoyed
this pick-up truck so much. The firm road feel, coupled with quick acceleration and 410
Ft. Lbs. of torque, made everyday driving a very stimulating experience, once I got my
butt in the cab! I would strongly suggest that when you buy a Super Duty with Four-Wheel
Drive, spend the extra bucks and order the optional running boards. They are well worth
the money, as the only difficult thing to do with this rig is get into it!
After that, it's clear sailing, with great visibility, large side
mirrors with cut-down doors, comfortable seating, and a neat center fold-down arm-rest
storage console. And let's not forget Ford's "New" SuperCab concept, can you
say, "Quad Cab"? Now, all 4 doors open up to make loading and unloading people,
cargo and dogs a snap. The press truck that I drove was equipped the way I would have
ordered it from the factory. "Arrest Me Red" Paint, Tan Interior with XLT Trim
& CD Player, Triton V-10 Engine, Four-Wheel Drive with Budd Style, Forged, Eight-Hole,
Polished Aluminum Road Wheels and LT 265/75R16 Steeltex All Terrain, Outlined, Raised
White Letter Firestones. These double duty tires are smooth on the road and have lots of
deep-grooved tread. They look great, and the polished wheels added that "Big &
Bad Look" without the overkill.
The sheer size of this truck demands instant respect, from those in the
know, and at the M.S.R.P. of $29,775.00 this puppy doesn't come cheap. But then again,
it's not supposed to. Afterall, this is a Super Duty Truck, and that's the statement Ford
is trying to make. So if you want to make a Big Impression, remember Ford Super Duty
Pick-ups & the saying... "You Are What You Drive"... Think About It, Bubba. By
Tony Leo © AutoWire.Net - San Francisco
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Byline: By Tony Leo © AutoWire.Net - San Francisco
Column Name: "You Are What You Drive"
Topic: 1999 FORD F-250 SUPER DUTY PICU-UP TRUCKS
Word Count: 594
Photo Caption: 1999 Ford F-250 Super Duty
Photo Credits: Tony Leo - AutoWire.Net
Series #: 1999 - 1