• Apr 8th 2006 at 8:03AM
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Ford Motor's new top-of-the-line diesel (photo at right) starting rolling off the production line Friday at the company's Dagenham Diesel Centre in Britain. The new powerplant is a twin-turbo 3.6-liter V8 that puts out about 265 hp (270 ps) and 472 ft-lb. of torque (640 Nm). Up to 25,000 of the new V8s will be produced annually.

Ford says it will announce vehicle applications for the new engine later this year.

Ford's Dagenham operation builds half of all Ford diesels worldwide.

[Source: Ford]

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      • 9 Years Ago
      Actually, Ford has already started casting CGI blocks in house at it's Cleveland foundry:

      "last July, Fords Cleveland Casting Plant (CCP), Cleveland, Ohio, began casting CGI on a trial basis; this was as a precursor to going on line to cast major engine components in the material for volume production"

      So I would wager that Ford is looking at mass in-house production, and given the shaky relationship with Navistar, you can bet you'll see either a 3.6 or 4.4 L CGI turbo diesl or both in the F-series and SUV's.

      "Speculation in the UK has it that Ford is aiming at a production volume (4.4 L) for the new engine of around 130,000 units, of which 100,000 would go the US for F-Series and 30,000 to Land Rover."



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      • 9 Years Ago
      At 25K motors a year, I'm a little doubtful this will go into Explorers or F150's which is what I was hoping for. That sucks.
      • 9 Years Ago
      The 500!

      That would loft this underappreciated car (I an say this, having rented and really liked 2 of 'em) into the stratosphere!
      • 9 Years Ago
      Ford should offer engines like these in mainstream SUV's and Pick-ups; Explorer, Expedition and F150. They would slowly pick up pace in the US like the Jeep Liberty and it might even make possible to sell some of them in Europe.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Doubt if we'll see it in much of anything built over here in the States. I'd expect it to show up in Europe in the Range Rover, Discovery (LR3), Jag XJ and S-Type (maybe even the new XK!), and high end Volvos (if it'll fit), where lack of a high-output Diesel option can drive a lot of Euro car shoppers into your competitors showrooms.
      • 9 Years Ago
      The US market would have no interest in a engine like that

      Bring that thing to the USA, NOW!!!
      • 9 Years Ago
      I'hope they will put that engine in the Land Rover Defender
      • 9 Years Ago
      Ford: sell this engine here.

      This could drop right into the F-150 or Crown Vic, giving better fuel economy and performance.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Considering the new mileage standards, this sounds like a great engine for all Ford's trucks from Explorer on up.
      • 9 Years Ago
      • 9 Years Ago
      This appears to be an expensive engine intended for luxury cars. For example, the twin turbos. They're more likely to offer a version of the Powerstroke in SUVs.

      That this engine produces more torque than the Z06 only means that it will feel stronger at the same RPM. Diesels peak early, after which torque drops off rapidly. By 3000 RPM this engine will be well under the output of the Z06. Limit both cars to 2,500 RPM and it might be a contest. But who's going to drive a Z06 that way?

      On the other hand, diesels are perfectly suited to most Americans low-RPM driving styles.

      The best example of a modern diesel in the U.S. right now is the MB E320 CDI.

      My review: http://www.epinions.com/content_208751922820
      • 9 Years Ago
      this'd be REALLY interesting in an escape. "Escape TurboSport". it'd fit, if they can fit 5.9L V6s liter engines in rams....that baby'd move...quick.
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