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3.5-liter EcoBoost V6
V8 what? EcoBoost V6 is probably going to be a hot seller for the F-150

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 V6 engine.

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 more stress.

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 Taurus SHO.

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.

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By GruntboyX on 9/21/2010 10:00:48 AM , Rating: 2
This is exciting! If that motor can get even 22 MPG it would be a complete win in the truck market. More Power and better fuel efficiency that is great.

Now if they can only design a suitable replacement or simply update the ranger to more of mid size. To be honest, I have no need to tow 11,500 lbs of payload. However, I do need a truck and 4x4 capability for where I live. It is getting a tad ridiculous that you just about need a CDL to drive an F-150. You use to be able to reach over the bed of the truck, now you need a step ladder. Soon your going to need a extension ladder. Its a shame to see people buying lawn and garden trailers to tow there payloads, because they cant get them into the beds of these monster trucks.

RE: Exciting
By weskurtz0081 on 9/21/2010 11:00:11 AM , Rating: 2
Yeah, lawn and garden trailers are less expensive than ramps.... wait, no they aren't!

RE: Exciting
By tng on 9/21/2010 1:01:54 PM , Rating: 2
Well in all fairness some of the 4X4s look pretty high off the ground..... But that should not stop people who buy these vehicles from looking at what they will really use them for and make a decision if they really will EVER need the 4X4 capability, you can buy a F-150 without 4WD can't you?

As someone who lives in a largely metro area in CA, I see allot of 4X4s (both jacked up and standard) that will never see any real need for 4X4 use in their lifetimes.

When I visit upstate NY I really see fewer of these types of vehicles (big 4X4 pickups) even though there is more justification for them due to winter conditions.

RE: Exciting
By Andrwken on 9/21/2010 7:59:01 PM , Rating: 2
There are already full size v8 trucks on the market that can get that. I would be impressed if it played around at 25 mpg empty.

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