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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 FITCamaro on 9/22/2010 8:02:19 AM , Rating: 2
Oh really? So Ford's answer for the LS series was......? They've been down on power with the same or worse fuel economy in the performance sector for around 20 years. Only by supercharging the Mustang were they able to stay even. And we don't even need to talk about the poor handling and traction of the Mustang. There was the GT but I hardly think a $200,000+ supercar needs to be looked at compared to even the Corvette considering the cost difference (nevermind that the Z06 keeps up with it for far less $$$ and is a far more comfortable car to drive.

Only with the new 5.0 are they coming back. The only blip from 1990 onward was the 02-03 Terminators. And then the GT500 which was a Corvette priced Mustang that kept up with a Vette in a straight line but didn't even come close in turns. Only just now, in 2010, are they finally adding a 6-speed to the Mustang GT. The Camaro/Firebird had one in 1993. And the Corvette has had one since 1988 I believe. Before that it had a 4+3(4 gears + 3 overdrives).

Yes Ford has had 3V heads for a while while GM has stuck with a 2V. GM actually has a 3V head design which for the life of me I don't know why they haven't used. I guess because they haven't needed to to beat Ford in power and fuel economy. Maybe the new 5.0 will change this.

RE: GM lover
By tjr508 on 9/23/2010 12:40:40 AM , Rating: 2
The mustang and corvette have never directly competed. Meanwhile, the mustang has captured the heart of America for decades while the F-Body remains associated with methamphetamine use and mullet haircuts.

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