December 8, 2011 12:00 PM, EST

Ford to Offer Gasoline Option on Super Duty Model

DEARBORN, Mich. — Ford Motor Co. officials said the company will offer gasoline-powered versions of their Super Duty F-650 trucks in a bid to undercut the cost of competing diesel models offered by Ford and its competitors.

At a press briefing here Wednesday, officials said the V-10 gasoline model trucks will be priced $8,300 lower than the same model from Ford with its own diesel engine.

Company officials said they were taking particular aim at municipal fleets and others that are feeling the pinch of tight budgets in the wake of the recession.

The gasoline engine is a 6.8-liter, three-valve model that produces 362 horsepower and 457 lb.-feet of torque.