Ford: 340 Twin-Turbo Horsepower for an Extra $700
Ford's been talking about Ecoboost since around the time of the Crimean War. And now, finally, we can bring you some definitive information. First, it's going to be a $700 option – which is paltry as automotive options go, to say nothing of engine options that run into the thousands. Second, the first FoMoCo forray in Eco-Boostland will deliver a twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 engine. The blown powerplant should make well over 300 horsepower in vehicles like the Ford Flex and Lincoln MKS. Both could use a serious dose of tire-shredding power. Ford is also planning to Eco-Boost the F-150. Automotive News reports the variant will make more than 340 horsepower, 340 ft lbs of torque. The savings in gas is approximately 20 percent versus a V8 engine – keeping in mind that Ford's V8 engines actually makes less than 340 horsepower. Speaking of which, where does this leave Ford's V8 engine program? I'm not sure, but I can tell you with certainty that (1) a 340 horsepower twin-turbo V6 Mustang would be pretty phenomenal and (2) Ford is still going to need some V8 engines for image if nothing else. Especially in the 'Stang.
"Maybe they will drop this Ecoboost into the Crown-Vic, as a parting gift." Like a 4 door Noble M400, without the handling, braking, light weight, killer bod, mid-engine, and down about 100 ponys.
EcoBoost is marketing hype, pure and simple. Turbos are notorious gas drinkers, whether they be 4-cylinder or 6-cylinder, and surely they don't expect the average driver to actually drive in a manner conducive to maximal fuel economy with that much power, do they? This type of engine was what the Five Hundred/Taurus needed at its introduction...too bad Ford dropped the ball on that.