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The 2011 Ford F-150 now has more exciting engine choices than at any other time in the storied truck's history. But as much as we're looking forward to rocking the new 411-horsepower 6.2-liter V8, the 360-hp 5.0-liter V8 or the 300-hp 3.7-liter V6, the top of-the-line EcoBoost V6 has us the most excited. The reason? Ford keeps taunting us with tales of terrific torque curves and class-leading fuel economy.

While The Blue Oval is still playing coy on fuel economy, we've finally got official word on the power tip. The twin-turbo 3.5-liter will churn out 365 ponies, a figure that's great, but not terribly unexpected in a full-size pickup. The bigger story is the mill's promised 420 pound-feet of torque at 2,500 rpm. That lofty figure is more than General Motors or Chrysler can deliver with their light duty pickups, but not quite enough to out-twist the 434 lb-ft. from Ford's new 6.2-liter V8. But while the 6.2 has stronger numbers all around, the EcoBoost 3.5 can hold its twist longer, with 90 percent of peak power is available from 1,700 rpm all the way to 5,000 rpm.

The EcoBoost 3.5's power figures translate into the ability to tow a best-in-class 11,300 pounds or haul a payload of 3,060 pounds. Impressive stuff, indeed, but we'll only be blown away if the twin-turbo mill can also manage best in-class fuel economy. After all, EcoBoost variants will likely command a significant price increase over what appears to be a very capable new 5.0-liter V8. The EcoBoost 3.5 will become available early in 2011. Hit the jump to check out the official Ford press release.


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FORD ECOBOOST JOINS F-150 LINEUP, DELIVERS UNBEATABLE CAPABILITY, POWER AND FUEL ECONOMY

* The 3.5-liter EcoBoost™ truck engine will deliver an unbeatable combination of best-in-class towing of 11,300 pounds, payload of 3,060 pounds, torque of 420 lb.-ft. and the fuel economy of a V6
* The 3.5-liter EcoBoost truck engine delivers 365 horsepower at 5,000 rpm and best-in-class 420 lb.-ft. of torque at 2,500 rpm, with up to 90 percent of the peak torque available from 1,700 rpm to 5,000 rpm – all on regular fuel
* Ford's award-winning EcoBoost engine technology highlights the most extensive engine makeover in Ford F-Series history.
* The F-150 EcoBoost engine features technology found in heavy-duty diesel truck engines, including twin turbochargers and direct fuel injection, and is uniquely designed to meet the stringent Ford truck durability tests

DALLAS, Sept. 20, 2010 – With its new 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine, the 2011 Ford F-150 will deliver best-in-class towing capability and torque with outstanding fuel economy.

"Customers have embraced the EcoBoost solution of delivering the power they desire with the fuel economy they demand in a no-compromise package," said Derrick Kuzak, group vice president, Global Product Development. "From the start, we have pledged that this solution applies to any engine and any customer. The EcoBoost truck engine for the 2011 F-150 will deliver those attributes and has been specially tuned and tested to deliver the best-in-class towing and capability our truck customers demand."

The key technology built into every EcoBoost engine, including turbocharging and direct fuel injection, is particularly relevant to customers of the 3.5-liter EcoBoost truck engine.

This combination of turbocharging and direct fuel injection delivers a wealth of low-end torque and maintains it across a broad rpm range, which is key in towing applications. The 3.5-liter EcoBoost truck engine delivers 420 lb.-ft. of torque and 365 horsepower to enable best-in-class towing of 11,300 pounds – more than enough to tow a fully loaded three-horse trailer or 30-foot boat, for example. Plus the EcoBoost truck engine does it all on regular fuel and with outstanding fuel economy.

"Truck customers should think of the EcoBoost truck engine as a gas-powered engine with diesel-type capability and characteristics," said Jim Mazuchowski, V6 engines program manager. "The twin turbochargers and direct injection give it the broad, flat torque curve that makes towing with a diesel so effortless – and hard acceleration so much fun."

Up to 90 percent of the EcoBoost truck engine's peak torque is available from 1,700 rpm to 5,000 rpm. A typical comparable V8 competitor reaches peak torque at higher engine speeds – around 4,000 rpm – and holds it for a much smaller range.

"This is good news for customers because the combination of reaching peak torque at a lower engine speed, and maintaining that torque for a longer period, brings new levels of fuel efficiency with maximum towing capability other competitors can't match," said Mazuchowski.

This EcoBoost truck engine also features twin independent variable camshaft timing, or Ti-VCT, to help save fuel. Ti-VCT provides extremely precise variable – yet independent – control of timing for intake and exhaust valves. Ti-VCT also reduces emissions, especially in situations when the throttle is partially open.

Independent adjustment of intake and exhaust valve timing allows maximum fuel economy at part-throttle, while delivering optimized power in full-throttle situations. An added benefit is improved driveability and responsiveness across the torque curve.

An all-new engine
Every Ford truck engine undergoes a tortuous testing program, and the EcoBoost truck engine was no exception.

"We're testing this EcoBoost truck engine just as we would all of our other F-150 truck engines – we have exactly the same expectations and it has to pass all our truck durability and reliability tests," said Kris Norman, powertrain operations manager. "From our standpoint, this is an all-new engine specifically designed and engineered for the F-150. Everything is validated to the higher stress levels and higher customer usage levels found in any F-150 engine."

Three avenues that test and validate engines are computer analysis, laboratory testing and in-vehicle validation. For the 3.5-liter EcoBoost application in the 2011 F-150, that includes:

* More than 1.5 million hours of analytical time
* More than 13,000 hours of dynamometer testing, including more than 5,000 hours at full boost and more than 2,500 hours at or above 5,000 rpm; the dyno testing helps ensure durability in excess of 150,000 miles
* More than 100,000 hours of vehicle test time encompassing the full range of potential customer operating conditions

All the tests together replicate more than 1.6 million miles of customer usage – the harshest-use customer. A customer profile reflecting extreme-use driving style, road types and vehicle usage, including maximum towing and payload situations, was developed to underpin the testing program.

The computer modeling and system analysis especially have been key.

"Instead of constantly building and testing parts, we want to be smarter and use our computer skills and our ability to model things to do the upfront work," Norman said. "We want to get everything right at the start, then validate with extensive testing."

Turning up the heat
Engineers put the 3.5-liter EcoBoost truck engine on an extreme, accelerated pace. The thermal cycling test, for example, replicated conditions from the Arctic Circle to Death Valley to simulate 10 years of use in the harshest environments.

"On a thermal cycling test, for example, we want the engine to get hot as fast as possible, so the best way to do that is to go full boost at high speed," Norman said. "To test the structure of the engine, we run it at full boost with maximum load. We run thousands of hours at full boost – conditions not attainable in a real-drive situation but important for proving this F-150 is ready to go the distance."

The 2011 F-150 with EcoBoost will be available in early 2011.


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      • 4 Years Ago
      This thing better get at least 24mpg hwy.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Just so everyone knows, there is not much of a premium price for the TT 3.5L over the 5.0L:

      99F 5.0L V8 FFV ENG N/C N/C
      99T ECO 3.5L V6 ENG 750 623.00

      This is straight from a CONCEPS build of a 2011 F-150 Lariat and XLT
      • 4 Years Ago
      Ecoboost is cool and all, but I'd prefer the basic work truckiness of the 3.7 V6. 300 HP is still a lot of horsepower, not to mention based on simpler technology and a lower price.
        • 4 Years Ago
        HP is all fine and dandy, but in a truck it is of little significance and a normally aspirated V6 isn't going to have the torque to haul much.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yes, but this is more fuel efficient.
        • 4 Years Ago
        These number are achieved on regular.

        There has been no mention of the numbers with premium. However, I would expect 380-390hp and 430-440lb ft.

        Why this and the 5.0?? Significantly more torque makes the Ecoboost a better work engine. Not only more torque, but more torque over a much wider rpm band. Don't just look at horsepower numbers, and think the story ends there.

        Think of the Ecoboost as a gasoline alternative to a diesel engine. It has a much lower initial cost, and much lower operating costs, with similar advantages.
        • 4 Years Ago
        How do we know this is more fuel efficient?

        I know they are saying it will be, but it may be all this hoopla and then get 1 more mpg. They also may just be able to get better fuel economy because they will play with the gear ratios since the turbo has more torque.

        Will this require premium, does the 3.7 liter (300hp) require premium as well? What about the 5.0 V8?

        Premium Costs about 10% higher, so it better get at least 10% better fuel economy.

        Also, I still fail to see the reason to have the 5.0 AND the 3.5 Ecoboost? Just seems like they are very similar. If they just had the V8 with cylinder deactivation & start/stop I'm sure it can get the same gas mileage and be cheaper than the twin turbo version.

        I do like the turbo option though. Just from a business standpoint doesn't seem to make that much sense.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The 5.0 would be the engine of choice, the v6 turbo is saddled with to much things to go wrong for a piclup. This a tuner boys pickup and will fail. I would take the v8 any day over a GASOLINE TURBO.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yeah because you know how unreliable diesels are, right?
        ...you know, diesels that have been using turbocharging for decades now and are still considered to be bulletproof.
        So of course a gas turbo HAS TO BE unreliable, right??


        /s
        • 4 Years Ago
        Fuel economy is not everything, the savings in fuel is minamal over the 5.0. I would rather spend the little extra money on fuel, than on repairs, the gasoline turbocharged engine would incur, later on in it's life, let alone on the higher purchase price. Also a v8 is a much more pleasent engine, perfect as a engine can be, like a friend you can count on.
      • 4 Years Ago

      The 3.7/5.0/6.2 engines will be more than sufficient for most truck owners. The Ecoboost is the odd-ball of this engine line-up. It reminds me of the short lived turbo-charged 2.3 Liter 4 cylinder engines available for the Ford Mustang SVO in the 1980's.

      I'd have to read Consumer Report/Motor Trend articles in 2011/2012 and beyond regarding reliability and maintenance costs of the of the Ecoboost V6 before even considering buying one of these motors. The 3.7/5.0 would be my 1st choice.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Thank but no thanks I'll take a Silverado, its more reliable, these turbos are going to have a hard time working under stress just like any Ford for that matter
        • 4 Years Ago
        News flash: Ford hater hates Fords.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Dumb answer. You don't have to buy the EcoBoost version. Ford has plenty of new normally aspirated engines that will give you the reliability you seek. There is no compelling reason to buy a Silverdodo over an F-150. I suppose fanboi sums up your level of expectations, but there is one truck company in North America that continues to raise the bar, and it wasn't bailed out by taxpayer money. Ford. Leads by innovating. Government Motors leads by stealing money from others to try to keep up with the leader. Go ahead and by your Silverdodo. And then don't whine because you bought third best - Dodge is now a better truck than any GMC product. Oh well.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Experience by dear boy

        I am on my 2nd Silverado, first went to 290,000 miles then I decided I wanted a new one cause they look so badass

        I doubt any Ford could reach 290,000 miles...

        and Consumer Reports is in bed with Ford and Toyota... old news buddy
        • 4 Years Ago
        How do you figure the turbos are gonna have hard time working under stress? Last I checked seems to be alot of TURBO diesel trucks out there. As for reliability how would you know if Silverado is more reliable? You some undercover guy in the midst of all that is truckdom? These motors are tested in labs and in mule trucks, check out Fords engine testing programs sometime. Trust me Ford knows what they're doing, the must since they the only American car company that didnt need a bailout. I understand youre a fan of GM as I am a fan of Ford or any American car company but dont make comments just cuz youre hating on something you know no facts about.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I'll take the bait troll, you have the data to back up your claims, or is it all based on personal observation and what your other chevy buddies tell you?

        Anyways, I suppose initially the folks who are going to buy the ecoboost trucks are people into "bleeding edge" stuff from the manufactures and can afford to take a chance, the rest of the crowd (read: people who use thier truck to make a living and can't afford anything less than rock solid relibility) will stick with the big V8 for a number of years and until the forced induction V6 proves itself then the trend may change.

        Then again, who knows, If the actual fuel economy numbers are there (and as people have suggested, turbos have been run successfully in diesel apps for a long time now) people might make the change without hesitation?
        • 4 Years Ago
        and sometimes it is whole automaker who fails under stress
        • 4 Years Ago
        Go look up JD Power and Consumer Reports. The Ford F150 is the most reliable half ton truck on the market and has been for some time.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Laser

        In other shocking news, pickup truck with most time since redesign places behind its two newly released competitors! Ironically this Ford "innovation" is being funded by taxpayers through government (U.S. & abroad) assitance to Ford to build more fuel efficient vehicles.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I'm gonna be laughing my ass off in a few years when GM has to play keep-up and come out with an Ecotec V6 for the Silverado. They better hope they're already working on it, but they're gonna be so busy paying me (and you) back for the next few years I doubt they are. There's only so much you can do to an old-school pushrod V8 to squeeze a little more life out of it. It's like putting lipstick on a pig.

        Speaking of pigs, how's that fancy GM hybrid truck doing? Last I heard, not so well.
        • 4 Years Ago
        So you're saying that Chevys are more reliable because you had one last 290,000 miles... NEWSFLASH there are more F-150s on the road with 250,000 miles than any other 1/2 ton pickup! Boom, fact, print.

        Enjoy having your IP address banned troll.
      • 4 Years Ago
      365 horsepower, 420 lb-ft of torque and 11,300 pounds towing capacity - wow!!!!

      I wonder what the weight saving is between this engine and the V8 engine, and what the fuel mileage figures are. I bet this engine also turns the F-150 into one fun ride, for a truck.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I'm confident this mill will have better MPG numbers than either V8, but when a load is added those numbers will drop like a rock in comparison. I'd love to see what the numbers are for each option when carrying the same load.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I'd expect the all-aluminum 3.5 EB V6 to be considerably lighter (100+ lbs) that the "iron" block 6.2 V8 which has been shown to be a gas pig in the Raptor... lots of power, but you pay for it!

        Note: Ford is testing the Raptor with this 3.5 EcoBoost V6... stay tuned... maybe it will get offered in the Raptor after all.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I'll admit I'm not super plugged in to the pickup scene (exception Raptor) and am surprised a V6 can manage such amazing tow figures.Wow.

        I'm def excited to see fuel numbers for this engine, especially in the Raptor. I love the Raptor and I know this isnt supposed to matter in that beast, but the forums are saying the 6.2 V8 (which is a locomotive engine and pure hotness) averages 14-15 at best. That makes any significant roadtrip (Seattle to YellowStone for Example) with that beast pretty expensive today and who knows where fuel is heading.

        Also, a 3.5 V6 with Turbo producing 350HP is conservative. I suspect with a tune this engine is an easy 400+, probably 450-500 with tune+bolt ons. I'm saying this as the 2.0T in the Evo's does 375 with a tune, the old 3L TT in the BMW's do 380-400. This engine must be underrated as well from Ford :-).

        If they throw this in the Stang as the V6 replacement and refine the V8 over the next few years (to a 450-480 HP) unit, that would be amazing. Ford may just do this as they have raised the V8 to 440ish in the Boss 302 and a Stang should always have a V8 option that's accessible like today for sound, NA feel etc.
        random231
        • 4 Years Ago
        i wouldn't be surprised if it is the same or heavier. DI, 2 turbos, intercooler and all the goodies can add some decent weight.
      • 4 Years Ago
      First of all, you'll be crazy to tow 11,000+ lbs with a 1/2 ton truck.

      What's even worse is the life span of a turbo engine with all that towing. It can do it, I have no doubt about that, but I don't wanna a truck that will die on me at 80,000 miles.

      I would rather go with 5.0L.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Because all engines for big trucks (that haul many times over that load) are all naturally aspirated because turbos are so unreliable?
        Or because big-rigs are normally failing by the time they reach 80,000 miles?
      • 4 Years Ago
      The 365 hp for the EcoBoost isn't all that surprising.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I didn't see it mentioned anywhere, but these numbers for the Ecoboost are on regular gas too!

      Makes me wonder what it could do if tuned for premium like Fords 6.2L. It could very well beat the 6.2L's torque number.
        • 4 Years Ago
        probably only a minimal gain, if any- the only thing premium lets you do, is run a higher compression temp w/o detonating, but with direct injection, this is a mute point. There is probably some power tweaking that could be done, but it would likely be at the expense of reliability- unlike in a (American market) car application, where an engine only produces rated output for short periods, a truck engine can be expected to run at rated output for long periods- that can overheat things in a real hurry.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Read carefully in Ford's .pdf
        'recommended' fuel, it doesn't say if the quoted power numbers are developed on premium.
        http://media.ford.com/images/10031/2011_F150_Specs.pdf

        and why can't the 36 gallon fuel tank be had with the ecoboost?
        • 4 Years Ago
        The other press release says those numbers are made on regular fuel. pickuptrucks.com mentioned that they are still awaiting the premium fuel numbers, as Ford is also getting the engine certified on premium.
      • 4 Years Ago
      :rubs hands together:

      The time is near when people will be wrecking these and getting Ecoboost V6s into the scrap yards for swaps. Ecoboost V6 Fox body or SN-95? Why yes, I think I will.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The kicker here will be the cost as compared to Fords own 6.2 V8. Willing to bet these wont be cheap!
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