When we brought you news of Ford's
overhauled F-150 powertrain lineup for 2011, most people were
quite happy with the changes made. However, there were some that were
skeptical about the possible power ratings for the optional EcoBoost
Some simply weren't buying into the
idea that the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 -- a twin-turbocharged engine
that sees duty in the Ford Taurus SHO and Ford Flex -- could possibly
produce even more power in a truck platform that would undergo much
Today, however, Ford is giving the
naysayers a healthy dish of crow to eat with the final
power/torque figures for the EcoBoost V6 engine option in the
2011 Ford F-150. The engine will generate 365 hp at 5,000 rpm and an
outrageous 420 lb-ft of torque at 2,500 rpm. Even more impressive is
that 90 percent of peak torque will be available from 1,700 rpm to
5,000 rpm. Towing capacity with the new engine matches that of the
larger 6.2-liter V8 engine option -- 11,300 pounds. Better still, all
of this is achieved using regular unleaded fuel.
For comparison, the EcoBoost V6
generates 365 hp at 5,500 rpm and 350 lb-ft at 1,500 rpm in the
The new EcoBoost will be a more
expensive engine option than the 5.0-liter V8 which generates 360 hp
and 380 lb-ft of torque.
“Truck customers should think of the
EcoBoost truck engine as a gas-powered engine with diesel-type
capability and characteristics,” said Jim Mazuchowski, Ford's V6
engines program manager. “The twin turbochargers and direct
injection give it the broad, flat torque curve that makes towing with
a diesel so effortless – and hard acceleration so much fun.”
“Customers have embraced the EcoBoost
solution of delivering the power they desire with the fuel economy
they demand in a no-compromise package,” added Derrick Kuzak, group
vice president, Global Product Development. “From the start, we
have pledged that this solution applies to any engine and any
customer. The EcoBoost truck engine for the 2011 F-150 will deliver
those attributes and has been specially tuned and tested to deliver
the best-in-class towing and capability our truck customers demand.”
The EcoBoost V6 engine option will be
available for the F-150 in early 2011. Although Ford didn't give any
specific fuel economy numbers for the engine, it will more than
likely be more fuel efficient than the less powerful 5.0-liter V8.
quote: but I'm also aware that maintenance on them isn't going to be cheaper vs. a naturally aspirated motor
quote: I'm talking about the inevitable turbo failures and etc. that are part of a forced induction engine.
quote: An all-new engine Every Ford truck engine undergoes a tortuous testing program, and the EcoBoost truck engine was no exception.“We’re testing this EcoBoost truck engine just as we would all of our other F-150 truck engines – we have exactly the same expectations and it has to pass all our truck durability and reliability tests,” said Kris Norman, powertrain operations manager. “From our standpoint, this is an all-new engine specifically designed and engineered for the F-150. Everything is validated to the higher stress levels and higher customer usage levels found in any F-150 engine.”Three avenues that test and validate engines are computer analysis, laboratory testing and in-vehicle validation. For the 3.5-liter EcoBoost application in the 2011 F-150, that includes:More than 1.5 million hours of analytical timeMore than 13,000 hours of dynamometer testing, including more than 5,000 hours at full boost and more than 2,500 hours at or above 5,000 rpm; the dyno testing helps ensure durability in excess of 150,000 milesMore than 100,000 hours of vehicle test time encompassing the full range of potential customer operating conditionsAll the tests together replicate more than 1.6 million miles of customer usage – the harshest-use customer. A customer profile reflecting extreme-use driving style, road types and vehicle usage, including maximum towing and payload situations, was developed to underpin the testing program.
quote: I love how a comment on his personal experiences over 40 years is downrated.