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3.5-liter EcoBoost V6

5.0-liter V8
All-new engine lineup boost overall fuel efficiency for Ford's top seller

Ford's F-150 is the best selling vehicle in America and has been for the past three decades. Thus, any big changes that effect the fuel efficiency of Ford's massive full-size trucks has an impact on hundreds of thousands of drivers' wallets each year.

Thus is the case with the powertrain lineup for the 2011 F-150. With looming CAFE regulations requiring drastically improved fuel efficiency from both cars and trucks, Ford is jumping the gun with an all-new engine lineup consisting of two V6 engines (one naturally aspirated, one turbocharged) and two V8 engines. To those that follow the auto industry, most of these engines should sound familiar to you.

The new base 3.7-liter V6 is used in a variety of Ford vehicles (Mustang, Lincoln MKX, Lincoln MKT) and produces 300 hp @ 6,500 rpm and 275 lb-ft of torque @ 4,500 rpm (max towing capacity 6,100 pounds) when used in the F-150.

The new 5.0-liter V8 first showed up in the 2011 Mustang GT, but is now making its way to the F-150. Naturally, the engine has been upgraded to handle heavy loads and manages to generate 360 hp @ 5,500 rpm and 380 lb-ft @ 4,250 rpm (max towing capacity 9,800 pounds).

The 6.2-liter V8 has already seen duty in the 2010 F-150 SVT Raptor, but is now filtering its way down to the rest of the lineup. The engine develops 411 hp @ 5,500 rpm and 434 lb-ft @ 4,500 (max tow capacity 11,300).

The last new engine is the wonderful 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 that is used in the Taurus SHO and Flex. Ford is not giving official power/torque ratings for this engine yet, but it generates 365 hp @ 5,500 rpm and 350 lb-ft @ 1,500 rpm in the Taurus SHO. Best of all, the engine runs on regular unleaded.

According to the Detroit News, the EcoBoost engine will be a a step above the 5.0-liter V8 in price and will equal the towing capacity of the 6.2-liter V8 engine option.

According to Ford, with these new engines and standard six-speed automatic transmissions across the board, fuel economy will be increased by at least 20 percent compared to comparable 2010 F-150 models. The Detroit News also says that some models may achieve 24 mpg.

“Truck customers demand an engine that delivers outstanding low-speed torque to help tow or move heavy payloads, and sustained high-load, low-speed operation is a key attribute they look for,” said Barb Samardzich, vice president of Powertrain Engineering. “The engine lineup for the 2011 Ford F-150 has been tuned specifically for truck operation needs and optimized for fuel economy. The result is a lineup that delivers class-leading towing and payload capability with outstanding horsepower, torque and fuel economy.”

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RE: Yes!!!
By HelToupee on 8/12/2010 9:48:15 AM , Rating: 2
And, even though its torque is rated lower than the 5.0 V8 (350 vs 380 foot-pounds), it makes it at 1500 RPMs, versus the V8 having to be revved up to nearly full grunt. That will be fantastic when towing. The SHO has proved it to be very thirsty for a V6, though, so I wouldn't plan on spending that gas money elsewhere, yet.

What amazes me is that the base V6 makes 300 bhp, and the 5.0 V8 with 2 more cylinders, and 1.3L more displacement only manages another 60 bhp on top of that.

Stick that turbo V6 in a Raptor-looking Ranger. Add low-range 4WD, and I may buy my first pickup ever...

RE: Yes!!!
By Brandon Hill on 8/12/2010 9:58:31 AM , Rating: 3
It is my understanding that the 3.5 EcoBoost is torque limited in the Taurus/Flex because it is transverse mounted. Throw that thing in the RWD F-150 with a stout transmission and you'll see those torque figures jump.

RE: Yes!!!
By Jeffk464 on 8/12/2010 10:12:54 AM , Rating: 2
With turbos, having a lead foot can have a huge impact on MPG. Its kind of like having a bigger engine, but only when you need it.

RE: Yes!!!
By Jeffk464 on 8/12/2010 10:15:11 AM , Rating: 2
I know, that new 3.7 makes the mustang a very tempting purchase.

RE: Yes!!!
By FITCamaro on 8/12/10, Rating: -1
RE: Yes!!!
By NaughtyGeek on 8/12/2010 1:06:20 PM , Rating: 2
Lol, my wife was deeply chagrined when my 10 year old son pointed out a V6 mustang and announced to her that it was a "chick car."

No replacement for displacement baby!

RE: Yes!!!
By dubldwn on 8/12/2010 1:22:35 PM , Rating: 2
That precocious young man should be applauded for developing such a degree of awareness. IMO, a V6 Mustang is a great car for a young girl.

RE: Yes!!!
By Jeffk464 on 8/12/2010 5:22:54 PM , Rating: 2
Its all about having a fun sporty car with good mileage. The old V6 was a dud, but this new one like the camaro puts out enough power for the fun factor. Just 10 years ago american v8's were putting out this power level.

RE: Yes!!!
By Jeffk464 on 8/12/2010 5:31:05 PM , Rating: 2
PS my brother bought a infinity G35 coupe over a v8 mustang because he didn't like the idea that someone could spend $20,000(base mustang) and get the same looking car that he spent $30,000(GT mustang) for. :) I wonder if that is really whats going on here, could be the v6 has a de-tuned suspension compared to the GT. Not sure if this is true, I'm pretty sure the camaro v6 has a sports tuned suspension.

RE: Yes!!!
By Spuke on 8/12/2010 6:13:10 PM , Rating: 2
I wonder if that is really whats going on here, could be the v6 has a de-tuned suspension compared to the GT
Yeah, it's a different calibration and the brembo package isn't available on the V6 either nor are the 19 inch wheels and Pirelli tires. Car and Driver had a V6 Mustang with the 19 inch wheels and Pirelli tires and they were surprised at the handling prowess of the car. RTR makes a set of 19" wheels that are supposed to be offered through Ford dealerships. Order a set and install some sticky tires to go with them.

I'm seriously impressed with the 2011 Mustang. So much so that I'm contemplating picking up a used one in a few years and modding it a little.

RE: Yes!!!
By dubldwn on 8/12/2010 1:16:11 PM , Rating: 2
What amazes me is that the base V6 makes 300 bhp, and the 5.0 V8 with 2 more cylinders, and 1.3L more displacement only manages another 60 bhp on top of that.

…@1000 less rpm. Also, note the Coyote puts out 412HP in the Mustang application (@6500).

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