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Ford EcoBoost V6
High gas prices and a potent turbocharged engine drive V6 sales for Ford's best seller

What good is a big ‘old domestic full-size pickup truck without a V8 engine under the hood? Half-ton pickups and V8 engines go together like peanut butter and jelly or Smith & Wesson. But with gas prices putting the squeeze on many consumers, those who can actually afford to purchase brand new vehicles are trying to be more economical. 

We already reported in late April that Ford is seeing incredible demand for its new EcoBoost V6 engine in the Ford F-150. Reports pegged the EcoBoost V6 engine option as taking 36 percent of all F-150 sales.

However, that figure jumped to 41 percent for the month of May. In addition, the 3.7-liter V6 engine option captured 14 percent, bringing the total haul for V6 engines to over half of all F-150 sales for the month.

According to, the increasing interest in Ford's V6 engine options should come as no surprise given the current state of gas pries in the United States. However, the phenomena is still amazing when you consider that the take rate for V6 engines in competing Toyota Tundra and GMC Sierra/Chevrolet Silverado full size pickups is in the single-digit range.

Ford’s 3.7-liter V6 engine generates 300hp @ 6,500 rpm and 275 lb-ft of torque at 4,500 rpm. It is EPA rated at 17 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway. The popular EcoBoost V6 makes 365hp @ 5,000 rpm and 420 lb-ft of torque at a low 2,500 rpm. It has EPA ratings of 16/22. 

Both engines run on regular unleaded gasoline, which is a plus with high gasoline prices.

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RE: I'm curious as to the ACTUAL mileage
By YashBudini on 6/2/2011 5:42:00 PM , Rating: 0
It seems some people think I'm being overly critical, and despite real live past behavior of using plastic intake manifolds it seems to bother some people.

Tell me, what do you think of people who look down upon other people who are simply asking questions?

RE: I'm curious as to the ACTUAL mileage
By Samus on 6/3/2011 1:25:24 AM , Rating: 2
F1 has used composite intake and EXHAUST manifolds for two decades.

Even the old 80's Mustangs toyed with plastic manifolds. However, they warped over time and occasionally cracked, leading to parts getting sucked into the engine. It wasn't common, but it did happen enough for them to stop producing them.

Of course, we've come a long way in the consumer market since the 80's. Most vehicles now have composite intake manifolds because of its superior weather resistance, wear capacity and thermal properties, and it is cheaper than aluminum. Sometimes it's even dual stage so the internal runners shorten at higher RPM to increase flow (make more power, less torque) and go to long runners at low RPM (more torque, less power) something that simply can't be accomplished with an aluminum design.

It's only a matter of time before many components like suspension are made of composites. Fiberglass is far superior to steel (mostly weight savings, but they never sag and the spring rate will never change over time.) I look forward to a composite cylinder head, though. That'll be the day!

By YashBudini on 6/3/2011 12:06:52 PM , Rating: 2
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