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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: GM lover
By VahnTitrio on 9/21/2010 10:34:46 AM , Rating: 2
I think more importantly than how they jumped out front is that they continue to push forward, rather than just being content with the recent success. Only problem is you may one day feel like me. My 2008 Fusion only has about 16,000 miles on it and reading Ford articles here makes it feel more and more dated all the time.

I need to win the lottery though so I can buy one of these F150's and put a 21 foot bass boat behind it. Wouldn't it be cool if it was the F150 SHO, and the boat behind it had a Yamaha VMax SHO on it?

RE: GM lover
By dubyadubya on 9/21/2010 7:41:03 PM , Rating: 2
The new SHO motor was built in house by ford not by Yamaha.
It would be a nice setup though.

RE: GM lover
By VahnTitrio on 9/22/2010 10:04:17 AM , Rating: 2
I was referring to the outboard motor on the boat. Yamaha does make an outboard dubbed the SHO. So both the boat and the truck could be dubbed SHO.

RE: GM lover
By Treckin on 9/22/2010 3:34:33 PM , Rating: 2
The confusion is because Ford outsourced the design of the original SHO motor to Yamaha.

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