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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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RE: EcoBoost
By NesuD on 9/21/2010 10:05:58 AM , Rating: 2
You're right that Ford did a good job of marketing the turbocharging and DI to the masses, but all GM has to show for is the Ecotec 2.0T which they only really used in performance applications.

You must have forgotten about The Solstice, G6, Vue, HHR, Aura, Malibu and Sky, that used the Ecotec 2.4 engine in 2009 and 2010 as well as the 2010, Terrain, Equinox, and Lacrosse. Lets also not forget the 2.0 and 2.4 liter versions of the Ecotec engine that can be found in 2007-2010 vehicles including HHRs, Cobalts, Opel GTs, Fisker Karmas, and Elfin T5s. I happen to drive a well eguipped 2010 Terrain that has a 2.4 liter Ecotec engine. Their claim of 32 mpg is valid and consistantly acheivable at 55 mph. at 60 to 70 mpg is more around 30 to 28 respectively. Ford Explorer is slated to get Ford's first 4 cylinder Ecoboost engine this fall a full year behind the Equinox and Terrain which have been a pair of the most popular Small SUVs launched in the past year. Your Statement is woefully innacurate. Ford is ahead on the Tech in turbo V6 configs as of this year But GM has been using the Tech in production Non Turbo L4s for some time now.

RE: EcoBoost
By Brandon Hill on 9/21/2010 10:26:18 AM , Rating: 2
EcoBoost is Turbocharging + DI, thus I was talking about vehicles that use DI + turbocharging.

What does GM have now that use DI + turbocharging? The Cruze which hasn't been released yet (or at least is very close to release) and the Buick Regal GS.

And I mentioned the Ecotec 2.0 (which is Turbocharged + DI), but nearly all of those vehicles (Sky, Solstice, HHR SS) are dead or dying (Cobalt SS).

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