Ford Crowns Itself V6 Torque King, Debuts Next-Generation EcoBoost Engine

Steph Willems
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ford crowns itself v6 torque king debuts next generation ecoboost engine

Ford Motor Company didn’t want an opportunity to claim bragging rights to pass by, so it sent its 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine in for a massage.

The result was a torque (eco)boost of 30 pounds-feet, raising the engine’s output to 365 horsepower and 450 lb-ft. That places Ford’s F-150 ahead of its closest full-size six-cylinder competitor, the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel, which claims 420 lb-ft.

The next-generation engine and the company’s new 10-speed automatic transmission (jointly developed by Ford and General Motors, but built by Ford) debut in the 2017 F-150 due out this fall.

Ford foisted a number of improvements onto the engine to create the increase in twist, but also to make the motor leaner in preparation for its 10-speed partner.

A dual-direct and port fuel-injection system delivers fuel to both the intake port and cylinder, while the turbochargers now have a lighter turbine wheel and electrically activated wastegates. Hollow camshafts in the new roller-finger follower valvetrain have weight savings in mind, and beefier intake and exhaust valves are a nod to long-term durability.

A start-stop system will come standard on the model, to the chagrin of owners who dislike the gas-saving feature. Ford tosses them a bone by shutting off the system if the vehicle is towing or in four-wheel-drive mode.

Fuel economy ratings aren’t available for the new F-150 drivetrain, but Ford is being careful not to make any promises about its start-stop technology, warning owners that “actual fuel savings vary depending on driving patterns.”

Production of the cog-heavy gearbox is backed by a continues to rake in the dough from its lucrative truck lines.

[Image: Ford Motor Company]

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  • 86er 86er on May 03, 2016

    I applaud the return of hood lettering.

  • AK AK on May 04, 2016

    The lead here is the addition of Port injection. That's huge. Taking Toyota's lead and eliminating the issue of buildup on the valves. Makes a lot more sense than Ford's current fix (head replacement).

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    • Detroit33 Detroit33 on May 04, 2016

      Does anybody know if this dual-injection system is in response to the future tightening of the particulate limits with the adoption of LEV-III?

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