• May 16, 2008
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The new 2009 Ford F-150 will get an updated version of its venerable 5.4L V8, and thanks to a sneaky dealer with a camera phone, we have some details on exactly what the updates will be. A new process of fuel injection called 'open valve technology' will give the 5.4L V8 a bump in horsepower from 300 to 320 and increase torque from 365 pound-feet to 390. The technology does exactly what it says: injects fuel into the cylinders while the intakes valves are open (normally they're closed). In addition to the updated 5.4L V8, we also expect some Eco-boost powerplants to drop in the F-150 soon, though whether or not they debut with the new 2009 model isn't known.


[Source: Pickuptrucks.com]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      8 SPEED AUTOMATIC.

      The gas prices aren't coming back down, the dollar has been devalued. [the middle class is being systematically eliminated]

      320hp, 390ft-lbs is plenty of power. If those numbers are correct, the updated 5.4 V8 has proportionally greater torque than any other 1/2 ton pickup V8 engine.
      72 ft-lbs / liter
      Dodge & Toyota 5.7's 71 ft-lbs / liter
      Nissan 69
      GM 5.3 63
      Now it is GM's turn to put VCT on the 5.3 V8 (say 325hp, 350ft-lbs)

      or it is time for Toyota to drop the 4.0 V6 & 4.7 for a supercharged/intercooled 2gr-fe 331hp, 301ft-lbs [preempt Ford's Ecoboost 3.5]
      • 6 Years Ago
      The fine print on one of the Ford TV commercials about EcoBoost says "available on select models in 2010." Based on that, I wouldn't expect it on any 2009 models.
      • 6 Years Ago
      ehhh, just another truck that sucks gas.
      • 6 Years Ago
      390 ftlb. torque is actually quite good considering the Ford is slightly less displacement than all of the others. The 5.4L gives up 200cc to the Nissan and 300cc to the Toyota.
      • 6 Years Ago
      while these numbers arent very impressive. ford does have an all new line-up of f150 engines for 2010. this year is just hold over. though i agree with others that ford needs to learn to have everything ready at launch

      for 10' you get the 4.4l diesel which is going to be rated at 340hp and 430 ft/tq. but with 20% better economy then the 5.4l

      the ecoboost 3.5l v6, which will give 340-410 hp depending on how it is tuned

      and a boss 6.2l v8. the boss has supposidly been getting 420 hp and 450 ish ft/tq
      • 6 Years Ago

      The majority of those 190K that did buy a Tundra wouldn't have bought a domestic anyway. I bet there were less than 30k who traded a domestic for one. Also, keep in mind that the Tundra and the Silverado were both brand new offerings against a 3yr old F-150.

      Even if you take out HD models sold last year I bet Ford sold close to double the number of half tons that Toyo did (even though Tundra was brand new and offering 80 more hp).
      • 6 Years Ago
      To all you guys who are saying that Ford is doing fine - they are on the brink of going Chapter 11. They have been losing $billions for years as they continually under power their products - it is killing their sales. Although most of us can agree that moderate power is fine, especially in a pickup where torque is more important, but HP is still a major selling point and that is what this is about - selling cars. Are the Ford dealers suppose to say these are adequately powered cars and trucks here setting on my lot and still setting on my lot . . . they have adequate power to set there . . .

      It is fine to have moderately powered vehicles in the line up and they will most likely be the best seller - however, offering - as an option - competitively powered units validates the status of Ford as a leading auto company - it tells people it's OK to buy one of the smaller engine models (I could have had the a V8 but I am an environmental kinda guy). Ford's marketing department has been emasculated by the bean counters and it is hurting the bottom line. Offering the F-150 with by far the lowest power in the segment is like offering the Ford Five Hundred with only a 3.0 L 203 hp V6. This is the same as not offering a V8 in the new Lincoln MKS – what a huge mistake! While we all know that a nice V6 will be the best seller, and a top notch hybrid would be great – it still requires a high power V8 as an option in the line up to tell potential customers that this is a world class product. Offering the high power V8s actually sells the high volume V6s. Same principle with the pickup. Offering the big power Hurricane will sell the high volume Triton. It ain’t rocket science.

      This continuing trend of Ford to not offer competitive power as an option will take this once proud icon of American industry on a downward spiral that will be very difficult to correct.

      Ford’s engine strategy is totally underwhelming.

        • 6 Years Ago
        Ford is on the brink of filing chapter 11? Where did you hear this? Is that why they posted $100m profit this year? Hey, a profit is a profit.

        Ford is starting to get their crap together...more-so when Bill Ford or Nasser was in charge.

        Also, seeing as the MKS is getting pretty good feedback, I doubt a V-8 is necessary...especially in a FWD biased vehicle.

        Oh and do you think the general public cares about hp?
        • 6 Years Ago
        The continiously raising gas pices will prove you completely wrong! Delivering sufficiant power & torque with the best fuel economy will be a live ensurance for Ford - not adding brainless power to the vehicles each model year.
        It's quite useless to fill up the dealer lots with Pickups that silently rott away due to the fact that people won't buy gas guzzlers any more.
      • 6 Years Ago
      With port fuel injection, the fuel is always injected into the cylinder with the intake values open. Watch the BMW commercial to see it in action.

      The only time you inject when the valves are closed is when you have a direct-injected engine, which this isn't.

      Open valve technology sounds like a modified Miller cycle to me.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Port injection always sprays at the back of the valve, which is why it is critical it be open when you spray.

        I guess I meant Atkinson cycle.

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atkinson_cycle

        Basically, leaving the intake valve open for part of the compression stroke effectively gives you a longer power (expansion) stroke than compression stroke, which can give better efficiency. Can it lead to increased output without changing anything else inside? I dunno, the only way I can think it would is just by reducing the amount of power consumed in the engine and thus more comes out at the shaft.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Well, maybe that's just because Ford has been doing it wrong all these years?
        • 6 Years Ago
        unless there is a supercharger, this will not reduce pumping losses.

        maybe it is referring to the placement of the injector, spraying directly at the back of the valve?
      • 6 Years Ago
      It doesn't really matter how much horsepower F-150 makes; what's the most important is torque and F-150 has plenty.

      Even with 365 lb ft torque F-150 had best towing capacity in class (11,000 lbs). That number will be increasing now that F-150 has 390 lb ft torque.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Exactly. Anyone that's really a truck guy knows low end torque and gearing are more important than peak HP when it comes down to actually doing work.

        Instead of giving it more hp, Ford should come up with a factory two-speed auxiliary transmission for their trucks. It would put the torque to the wheels like nobody’s business, and I bet it would get better gas mileage up top. Sure, having to shift so many times means it wouldn't be as fast as the other trucks, but when it comes to pulling and towing power, it would be unmatched.

        Then again, people want their 1500's to be less like trucks and more like cars nowadays. So anything that makes it more "trucky" probably wouldn't go over well.


        (On side note, someone mentioned how trucks years go got the job done with lot less HP than what we have today. That's very true, but look at the torque numbers they were producing and look at the gearing. Engines that were making 200hp were making 300-350ft-lbs of torque. They also had rear ends geared around 5:1 or shorter, even with a five speed. Sure, they could only do 60mph and they sucked down gas at any speed more than crawl, but at crawl they were real stump pullers. They were very good at what was required of them. )
        • 6 Years Ago
        Which pickup truck has 320 hp base engine?

        Ford is doing just fine with F-Series, no need to change anything.
        • 6 Years Ago
        The Titan has a 360-380 hp base engine.

        (And it's selling so well they're killing it after next year...)

        • 6 Years Ago
        This 5.4 with 320 hp/390 Ft lb is fine for a base engine. But Ford really needs the Hurricane at about 400 hp as an option to be competitive.

        Ford keeps making this same mistake. They have done it with the Fusion, Five Hundred, all the Lincolns and now they are killing their best product the pickup. When will they learn that it's fine to have a base engine that is marginally OK - but they need competitive power as on option in all their products to validate their status as a player.
      • 6 Years Ago
      No surprise here, you knew from day one they'd rate it at 316-320 hp to outadvertise the GM 5.3 with 315 hp.

      The current iteration of the 5.4 wasn't tested under SAE rules and by most dyno and acceleration tests is really putting out more like 270 hp.

      So if this tweaked engine makes an honest 320 that would be a major improvement - but I wouldn't count on it.
      • 6 Years Ago
      F-150 isn't getting a turbo "Ecoboost" V6. It's getting a new V8 though when Ford unveils it later.
      • 6 Years Ago

      To the guy asking about the interior...it is more tweaked than completely new. It's a very similar "look" to the current one but the materials and some of the layout are different.

      The Toyota motor may be a "beast" but it doesn't matter if no one is buying it. What did they end up selling last year...like 190k.

      And about towing...if you want to tow huge amounts of weight get a HD truck. Why in the world would you want to tow more than 5-6k with a LD truck?
        • 6 Years Ago
        That's 200K sales the big three didn't get. And that engine alone got them more than half of those sales.

        Consider also that sales figures for Ford/GM/Dodge include 3/4 and 1 ton models that share no major parts for marketing bragging rights. Makes all the sense of combining the Expedition, Explorer, Escape, and Edge into the E-series SUV.

        Looking strictly at light duty trucks the Tundra already outsells the Ram and isn't as far behind the F-150 and Silverado as 700-200K sales numbers that include 350K medium duty models would suggest.
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