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Ford News: 2017 Ford F-150's 3.5L EcoBoost Produces More Torque Than We First Thought

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We find ourselves wondering if Ford is sandbagging their power figures on various engines. We saw this with the Focus RS and Fusion Sport. Now its the F-150's turn.

 

Back in May, Ford announced the 2017 F-150 would be getting the next-generation 3.5L EcoBoost V6. Horsepower would remain at 365, while torque would be bumped up from 420 to 450. Today, Ford announced the final power figures for the second-generation EcoBoost and they are somewhat higher.

 

The new power figures are 375 horsepower (up 10) and 470 pound-feet of torque (up 50). Ford says the engine's torque beats competitors gas and diesel engines - even GM's 6.2L V8 which held title with 460.

 

This engine will feature a new ten-speed automatic that was jointly developed by Ford and GM. The new transmission is said to improve acceleration and fuel economy, though EPA figures have not been announced.

 

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    • By William Maley
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      Source: Automotive News (Subscription Required), The Detroit News

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