Ford F-650 Truck Specsby Michael G. Sanchez
The 2015 F-650 was produced via a partnership between Ford and commercial equipment manufacturer Navistar International. It was a heavy-duty work vehicle designed to appeal to construction and transportation companies and city governments. It was available in a wealth of configurations and with diesel, gasoline, compressed natural gas and liquefied petroleum gas engines.
The F-650 was available in two chassis configurations: straight-frame and loader. The loader's frame was lower to the ground behind the cab than the straight-frame model's. This suited it to applications that involve frequently loading and unloading cargo. The F-650 could be had with a regular cab, super cab or crew cab.
A Big Truck for Big Jobs
The regular-cab model measured 88.2 to 94.7 inches high, depending on configuration, 96.7 inches wide at the front fenders, and 113 inches long from the front bumper to the back of the cab. It had a wheelbase of between 134 and 281 inches. The super cab was 88.6 to 94.6 inches high, 96.7 inches wide and 134 inches long, and had a wheelbase of between 155 and 281 inches. Finally, the crew cab F-650 measured 89.1 to 95.1 inches high, 96.7 inches wide and 148 inches long, and had a wheelbase of between 170 and 266 inches.
Choose Your Engine
For those who wanted diesel power, Ford offered the Cummins ISB 6.7-liter turbodiesel. Available in a range of tunes, peak output started at 200 horsepower at 2,300 rpm and 520 foot-pounds of torque at 1,600 rpm. The most powerful version of the Cummins mill put out 360 horsepower at 2,600 rpm and 800 foot-pounds of torque at 1,800 rpm. It was available paired with a variety of Allison five- and six-speed automatics, Fuller six-speed manuals or Dana Spicer seven-speed manual transmissions. Ford's 8.0-liter Triton V-10 gasoline engine generated 362 horsepower at 4,750 rpm and 457 foot-pounds of torque at 3,250 rpm. It sent power to the road via a Ford TorqShift six-speed automatic transmission. Kits were offered that could convert the V-10 to run on either compressed natural gas or liquefied petroleum gas.
The F-650 was available in either base XL or premium XLT trim. The XL came standard with vinyl upholstery, a two-speaker, AM-FM stereo with MP3 compatibility, air conditioning and an overhead console with dual sunglass holders and map lights. The XLT added cloth upholstery, an upgraded four-speaker stereo with CD-player, Ford's Sync communications and entertainment system and full power accessories.
The loader had a gross vehicle weight rating of 26,000 pounds. The straight-frame truck's gross vehicle weight rating was 29,000 pounds with the diesel engine and 30,000 pounds with the gasoline engine. The loader's front axle was rated at 8,500 pounds, while its rear axle was rated at 13,500 pounds. The straight-frame model had the same front axle rating, but its rear axle was rated at a considerably higher 17,500 pounds.
Michael G. Sanchez has been a professional writer for over 10 years. A lifelong car enthusiast and former senior mechanic, he has written on a wide range of automotive topics. He holds a bachelor's degree in English literature from Castleton State College. Sanchez started writing about cars as a part-time copywriter for a local dealership while still in high school.