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UPDATE: FORD UNVEILS POWER BUMPS, QUARTET OF NEW F-150 POWERTRAINS

By Mark Kleis

A little over a month ago Ford confirmed one of the worst-kept secrets in the industry by announcing that its 2011 F-150 lineup will receive four new powertrains, ranging from a base 3.7-liter V6 to a pair of V8s and even a twin-turbocharged EcoBoost V6.

But what Ford didn't reveal at the time was exactly what type of power we could expect from the all-new engine lineup, save for the premium 6.2-liter V8 which was already found on the SVT Raptor. Now we have power ratings for the entire engine lineup (below).

All four of Ford's new engines will be mated exclusively to six-speed automatic transmissions in the F-150. The 6R80 transmission gains Ford's SelectShift system for full manual-style control to reduce upshifts. Gear ratios have also been modified and a one-way clutch is said to give the transmission smoother 1-2 or 2-1 shifts.

The 2011 F-150s will make their formal debut later this year at the State Fair of Texas' auto show in September. The automaker hasn't specified if there will be any cosmetic or suspension changes to go with the new V6s and V8s.

302-horsepower base V6

Ford dropped its base six-cylinder for the 2009 model year thanks to sluggish sales and dismal power of its predecessor. Now, Ford thinks it has the right configuration for a base model. Taking the 3.7-liter Duratec V6 from the 2011 Ford Mustang, base variants of the F-150 will put out an impressive 302 horsepower at 6,500 rpm, a figure the automaker says is best-in-class for a V6. The 3.7 is also good for 278 lb-ft of torque at 4,000 rpm - tied for best-in-class. Ford says that these power figures will give the base V6 engine best-in-class trailer towing of 6,100 lbs compared to V6 competitors.

The horsepower figure exceeds the horsepower output of all but the range-topping 2010 F-150 - setting the tone for a significant powertrain overhaul across the entire lineup.

5.0-liter V8

Ford's truck engineers also looked to the 2011 Ford Mustang GT for its all-new 5.0-liter V8. Putting out 360 horsepower (at 5,500 rpm) and 380 lb-ft. of torque (at 4,250 rpm), the V8 has been modified significantly from its Mustang application.

Ford says that the camshafts were retuned for better low-end torque and that a 10.5:1 compression ratio helps reduce engine knock at low speeds for towing. The V8 uses an additional oil cooler to help give it 10,000 mile oil change intervals.

F-150s equipped with the 5.0-liter V8 and the proper towing configurations will be rated at an impressive 10,000 lbs. towing capacity, which Ford says will be the best standard V8 towing capability in the segment.

Standard F-150 gains Raptor's 6.2

Already available in the F-150 SVT Raptor, the automaker's range-topping 6.2-liter V8 will make its appearance on the standard F-150 lineup.

Rated at 411 horsepower (at 5,500 rpm) and 434 lb-ft. of torque (at 4,500 rpm), the 6.2-liter helps the F-150 tow up to 11,300 lbs - tied for best-in-class with none other than the all-new 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 for trailer towing capability.

Ford says that the 6.2-liter will be available in certain "specialty applications," like the recently-unveiled F-150 Harley-Davidson.

EcoBoost 3.5-liter V6 hits haulers, no premium fuel here

Already available in a number of Ford vehicles - like the Taurus SHO and Flex EcoBoost - the automaker twin-turbo, direct-injected 3.5-liter V6 will be a late-introduction offering on certain F-150 configurations.

Previously, many estimated that the EcoBoost V6 would boast numbers similar to the 355 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque found in its current applications, but now we know that Ford had bigger plans for the EcoBoost in its top-selling F-150.

For starters, horsepower receives a mild but unexpected boost to 365 at 5,000 rpm, as well as a major increase in torque to a very truck-healthy 420 lb-ft at 2,500 rpm. These figures both eclipse the rating found on the previous applications, a welcome change for power hungry truck users. A key aspect of these figures worth mentioning to any who intend to use their F-150 as a truck, Ford says that up to 90 percent of peak torque is on tap all the way from 1,700 rpm to 5,000 rpm, and all ratings are done on regular fuel.

Thanks to the healthy power ratings, Ford says an EcoBoosted 2011 F-150 will offer best-in-class towing of 11,300 lbs, as well as best-in-class payload of 3,060 lbs, even besting all V8 competitors.

As far as fuel economy, Ford suggests a 20 percent improvement over current F-150 5.4-liter figures, so figure around 16-17 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway.

(Pictured is a 2010 Ford F-150 FX4)

LINK:

http://www.leftlanenews.com/ford-f-150.html

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Ford F-150 With EcoBoost Rated at 365 Horsepower, 420 Pounds-Feet

Posted by Colin Bird | September 20, 2010

Last month, we told you about Ford’s three new powertrains for the 2011 Ford F-150. At the time, Ford announced the truck’s first implementation of its 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 but was mum on power ratings. Today, Ford said the engine is rated at 365 horsepower with 420 pounds-feet of torque on regular fuel.

Those torque ratings beat out all but the new 6.2-liter V-8, available on the top-of-the-line F-150 and base 2011 Ford F-Series Super Duty. The EcoBoost’s toque ratings are better than the 5.3-liter and 6.2-liter V-8s in the 2011 Chevrolet Silverado 1500, the 5.7-liter V-8 in the 2011 Ram 1500, the 5.7-liter V-8 in the 2011 Toyota Tundra and the 5.6-liter V-8 in the 2011 Nissan Titan.

Up to 90 percent of the EcoBoost’s peak torque will be available from 1,700 rpm to 5,000 rpm — intriguing figures, considering the 3.5-liter EcoBoost implemented on Ford’s cars and crossovers hits peak torque around 3,500 rpm.

The V-6 can tow 11,300 pounds, which is the same maximum towing figure as the 6.2-liter V-8 and beats the best ratings that Chevrolet, Dodge and Toyota can cook up right now. Maximum payload is rated at 3,060 pounds, again the best rating for a half-ton pickup.

The 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 will be mated to Ford’s revamped 6R80 six-speed automatic transmission, which is rated for up to 7,000 rpm. The model will also feature Ford’s electric power-assisted steering system, new to the Ford F-150 for 2011.

All of this is supposed to give the EcoBoost not only the best towing, torque and payload figures but also “outstanding” fuel economy, Ford says.

Ford has yet to release final gas mileage figures for this powertrain. The 2011 F-150 will be available later this year; the 2011 F-150 with EcoBoost will be available in early 2011.

Best-in-class 420 pounds-feet of torque at 2,500 rpm versus premium V-8 competitors

Up to 90 percent of peak torque available from 1,700 rpm to 5,000 rpm

Best-in-class 11,300 pounds maximum trailer towing versus all competitors

Best-in-class 3,060-pound payload rating versus all competitors

link:

http://news.pickuptrucks.com/2010/09/ford-f-150-with-ecoboost-rated-at-365-horsepower-420-pounds-feet.html

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Ford's 2011 F-150 to come with a kick

EcoBoost V6 engine to top a 5.0-liter V8, Ford contends

BY BRENT SNAVELY

FREE PRESS BUSINESS WRITER

Ford said Monday that the turbocharged V6 engine in its 2011 F-150 pickup will produce an estimated 365 horsepower, or more than the 5.0-liter V8 engine.

The 3.5-liter engine, made in Brook Park, Ohio, also has a towing capacity of 11,300 pounds -- the most of any engine planned for the 2011 F-150 -- and 420 pound-feet of torque.

The turbocharged, fuel-injected engine, which Ford calls EcoBoost, is one of four new engines Ford is offering with its 2011 F-150.

The EcoBoost version is expected to be available by February, while the other three engines will be available at dealerships by the end of this year.

Mark Grueber, Ford's F-150 marketing manager, acknowledged in an interview last week that many customers are skeptical that a V6 engine can deliver the power they expect from a full-size pickup.

"The V6s they were used to in the past didn't have the power and capability we are now going to have," Grueber said. "We have to give the customers to a chance to learn about them because it is a big change."

Ford did not release the cost or expected fuel efficiency of the EcoBoost engine. The other engines Ford is offering with the 2011 F-150 are:

• A 3.7-liter V6 with an estimated 300 horsepower, 275 pound-feet of torque and 6,100 pounds of towing capacity.

• A 5.0-liter V8 with an estimated 360 horsepower, 380 pound-feet of torque and 9,800 pounds of towing capacity.

• A 6.2-liter V8 with an estimated 411 horsepower, 434 pound-feet of torque and 11,300 pounds of towing capacity.

Read more: Ford's 2011 F-150 to come with a kick | freep.com | Detroit Free Press http://www.freep.com/article/20100921/BUSINESS0102/9210329/1331/Business01/F-150-to-come-with-a-kick#ixzz10Ac014RT

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2011 Ford EcoBoost F-150 puts out 365 horsepower, 420 lb-ft of torque

by Chris Shunk (RSS feed) on Sep 21st 2010 at 9:31AM

The 2011 Ford F-150 now has more exciting engine choices than at any other time in the storied truck's history. But as much as we're looking forward to rocking the new 411-horsepower 6.2-liter V8, the 360-hp 5.0-liter V8 or the 300-hp 3.7-liter V6, the top of-the-line EcoBoost V6 has us the most excited. The reason? Ford keeps taunting us with tales of terrific torque curves and class-leading fuel economy.

While The Blue Oval is still playing coy on fuel economy, we've finally got official word on the power tip. The twin-turbo 3.5-liter will churn out 365 ponies, a figure that's great, but not terribly unexpected in a full-size pickup. The bigger story is the mill's promised 420 pound-feet of torque at 2,500 rpm. That lofty figure is more than General Motors or Chrysler can deliver with their light duty pickups, but not quite enough to out-twist the 434 lb-ft. from Ford's new 6.2-liter V8. But while the 6.2 has stronger numbers all around, the EcoBoost 3.5 can hold its twist longer, with 90 percent of peak power is available from 1,700 rpm all the way to 5,000 rpm.

The EcoBoost 3.5's power figures translate into the ability to tow a best-in-class 11,300 pounds or haul a payload of 3,060 pounds. Impressive stuff, indeed, but we'll only be blown away if the twin-turbo mill can also manage best in-class fuel economy. After all, EcoBoost variants will likely command a significant price increase over what appears to be a very capable new 5.0-liter V8. The EcoBoost 3.5 will become available early in 2011. Hit the jump to check out the official Ford press release.

[source: Ford]

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FORD ECOBOOST JOINS F-150 LINEUP, DELIVERS UNBEATABLE CAPABILITY, POWER AND FUEL ECONOMY

* The 3.5-liter EcoBoost™ truck engine will deliver an unbeatable combination of best-in-class towing of 11,300 pounds, payload of 3,060 pounds, torque of 420 lb.-ft. and the fuel economy of a V6

* The 3.5-liter EcoBoost truck engine delivers 365 horsepower at 5,000 rpm and best-in-class 420 lb.-ft. of torque at 2,500 rpm, with up to 90 percent of the peak torque available from 1,700 rpm to 5,000 rpm – all on regular fuel

* Ford's award-winning EcoBoost engine technology highlights the most extensive engine makeover in Ford F-Series history.

* The F-150 EcoBoost engine features technology found in heavy-duty diesel truck engines, including twin turbochargers and direct fuel injection, and is uniquely designed to meet the stringent Ford truck durability tests

DALLAS, Sept. 20, 2010 – With its new 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine, the 2011 Ford F-150 will deliver best-in-class towing capability and torque with outstanding fuel economy.

"Customers have embraced the EcoBoost solution of delivering the power they desire with the fuel economy they demand in a no-compromise package," said 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 key technology built into every EcoBoost engine, including turbocharging and direct fuel injection, is particularly relevant to customers of the 3.5-liter EcoBoost truck engine.

This combination of turbocharging and direct fuel injection delivers a wealth of low-end torque and maintains it across a broad rpm range, which is key in towing applications. The 3.5-liter EcoBoost truck engine delivers 420 lb.-ft. of torque and 365 horsepower to enable best-in-class towing of 11,300 pounds – more than enough to tow a fully loaded three-horse trailer or 30-foot boat, for example. Plus the EcoBoost truck engine does it all on regular fuel and with outstanding fuel economy.

"Truck customers should think of the EcoBoost truck engine as a gas-powered engine with diesel-type capability and characteristics," said Jim Mazuchowski, 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."

Up to 90 percent of the EcoBoost truck engine's peak torque is available from 1,700 rpm to 5,000 rpm. A typical comparable V8 competitor reaches peak torque at higher engine speeds – around 4,000 rpm – and holds it for a much smaller range.

"This is good news for customers because the combination of reaching peak torque at a lower engine speed, and maintaining that torque for a longer period, brings new levels of fuel efficiency with maximum towing capability other competitors can't match," said Mazuchowski.

This EcoBoost truck engine also features twin independent variable camshaft timing, or Ti-VCT, to help save fuel. Ti-VCT provides extremely precise variable – yet independent – control of timing for intake and exhaust valves. Ti-VCT also reduces emissions, especially in situations when the throttle is partially open.

Independent adjustment of intake and exhaust valve timing allows maximum fuel economy at part-throttle, while delivering optimized power in full-throttle situations. An added benefit is improved driveability and responsiveness across the torque curve.

An all-new engine

Every Ford truck engine undergoes a tortuous testing program, and the EcoBoost truck engine was no exception.

"We're testing this EcoBoost truck engine just as we would all of our other F-150 truck engines – we have exactly the same expectations and it has to pass all our truck durability and reliability tests," said Kris Norman, powertrain operations manager. "From our standpoint, this is an all-new engine specifically designed and engineered for the F-150. Everything is validated to the higher stress levels and higher customer usage levels found in any F-150 engine."

Three avenues that test and validate engines are computer analysis, laboratory testing and in-vehicle validation. For the 3.5-liter EcoBoost application in the 2011 F-150, that includes:

* More than 1.5 million hours of analytical time

* More than 13,000 hours of dynamometer testing, including more than 5,000 hours at full boost and more than 2,500 hours at or above 5,000 rpm; the dyno testing helps ensure durability in excess of 150,000 miles

* More than 100,000 hours of vehicle test time encompassing the full range of potential customer operating conditions

All the tests together replicate more than 1.6 million miles of customer usage – the harshest-use customer. A customer profile reflecting extreme-use driving style, road types and vehicle usage, including maximum towing and payload situations, was developed to underpin the testing program.

The computer modeling and system analysis especially have been key.

"Instead of constantly building and testing parts, we want to be smarter and use our computer skills and our ability to model things to do the upfront work," Norman said. "We want to get everything right at the start, then validate with extensive testing."

Turning up the heat

Engineers put the 3.5-liter EcoBoost truck engine on an extreme, accelerated pace. The thermal cycling test, for example, replicated conditions from the Arctic Circle to Death Valley to simulate 10 years of use in the harshest environments.

"On a thermal cycling test, for example, we want the engine to get hot as fast as possible, so the best way to do that is to go full boost at high speed," Norman said. "To test the structure of the engine, we run it at full boost with maximum load. We run thousands of hours at full boost – conditions not attainable in a real-drive situation but important for proving this F-150 is ready to go the distance."

The 2011 F-150 with EcoBoost will be available in early 2011.

link:

http://www.autoblog.com/2010/09/21/2011-ford-ecoboost-f-150-puts-out-365-horsepower-420-lb-ft-of-t/

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So the little 3.5 liter V6 has more torque than a 5.7 liter Hemi or a 6.2 liter LS-series V8. So much for pushrods being superior. Very nice work by Ford. It will take Dodge and Chevy another 5 years to copy Ford's move here.

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So the little 3.5 liter V6 has more torque than a 5.7 liter Hemi or a 6.2 liter LS-series V8. So much for pushrods being superior. Very nice work by Ford. It will take Dodge and Chevy another 5 years to copy Ford's move here.

I'm sure the twin-turbo set-up on that 3.5 liter V6 has nothing to do with it...

If you wanted to make an argument for pushrod vs. OHC then at least compare a 3.5 without forced induction.

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