We just heard from our spy-photo friends about an interesting vehicle they caught. Here's what they wrote us:
"We caught a Ford F-Series Super Duty prototype sporting some serious big-barreled smokestacks, ready to expel its exhaust big-rig style. We're not quite sure what to make of this one, as it's not your traditional factory exhaust treatment. All we know at this point is that the 'stacked Super Duty is parked in a lot loaded with test trucks that we know to be part of active devleopment programs, and it's registered on manufacturer 'M' license plates, like every other prototype and test car running the streets of Dearborn.
"Is Ford developing a smokestack exhaust for production trucks? Who knows, but it's an interesting curiosity to see as part of the Detroit test scene.".
Our guess is that this is likely to be a clever ploy by Ford engineers to get us to think they're doing something interesting; however, with the 2013 Ram HDs ready to come out at the Detroit auto show with new (and supposedly class-leading) towing and payload numbers, you can bet Ford and GM are working on bigger and stronger setups. How it plays out exactly, especially with all the J2807 tension lingering, is anyone's guess.