• Sep 22, 2010
2011 Ford F-150 EcoBoost smokes its tires – Click above for high-res image gallery

We're still a few days away from being able to share driving impressions of the 2011 Ford F-150 pickup and, more specifically, the Blue Oval's four new heavy-hauling powerplants for the '11 season. What we can share, however, are some pictures we snapped while Ford showed off what its truck was capable of.

We're especially impressed with the latest application of Ford's EcoBoost technology. As you're already aware, the 3.5-liter twin-turbo powerplant puts down 365 horsepower and a more-than-ample 420 pound-feet of torque. What those black-and-white figures don't tell you, though, is how smartly the EcoBoost engine moves the full-size F-150 down the road, even when hooked up to a suitably large trailer.

While we'll stop short of calling the EcoBoost-powered F-Series a muscle truck, but here's some pictorial evidence that it's more than capable of frying the tires off its aluminum wheels. And we're not just talking about gratuitous burnout photos either. Check the chart.

So... if that's the Boost part of the package, what about the Eco? Well, we're going to have to wait for Ford and the EPA to get an official rating published, but Ford fully expects the turbo mill to post class-leading fuel efficiency figures. Speaking of which, Ford let slip a projection indicating that its base 3.7-liter V6 engine will manage 23 miles per gallon on the highway – matching the figure of General Motors' hybrid pickup twins.

The number crunchers amongst you will find plenty of interesting (and impressive) little tidbits perusing our high-res image gallery below. Here's a hint: Click on the image to the right and pay special attention to the relative figures posted by both Ford's base 3.7-liter V6 and 3.5-liter EcoBoost as compared to their competitors. What are you waiting for?




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      • 4 Years Ago
      My 413hp L92 GMT900 kisses 23mpg on the open road driving to Vegas and back from Phoenix. Up and down the mountains with the cruise set at 65, 70 and 75mph. That's not terribly uncommon on current GM pickups either.

      Color me unimpressed. This powertrain won't be much more than an novelty in the F150 while most buyers get the new 5.0 and 6.2 instead. It would be nice if you could get this engine in a RWD car instead.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Gm's media website lists the 6.2L Sierra as "premium recommended," just as ford lists premium recommended for their 6.2L on their media website.

        The 3.5L Ecoboost, however, carries a "Regular Unleaded" recommendation by Ford.

        http://media.gm.com/media/us/en/vehicles/gmc/sierra/2011.brand_gm.tab1.html

        http://media.ford.com/images/10031/2011_F150_Specs.pdf
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Jeffrey:
        Because people prefer it to awd? What does it have to do with the 90s? That would be the fwd period..
        • 4 Years Ago
        @trishield

        Why live under a rock and worry about EcoBoost being in an RWD sedan when it's already available in AWD? Come on it's 2010, not the 90's anymore!
        • 4 Years Ago
        What exactly is your point? My beat up 1999 Camry kisses 35mpg highway and is now rated at 20/28 by fueleconomy.gov. Edmunds.com actually managed 26mpg highway on their modified 600hp 2005 Ford GT which is now rated 12/19 by the same agency.

        The government's highway test doesn't really reflect long trips at fairly constant speeds so your comparison most likely means nothing.

        http://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/fe_test_schedules.shtml
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm definitely impressed!!! Well done!!!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Does it need premium fuel?
        • 4 Years Ago
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Chris

        Unless they discontinued it for this year, they've offered the 6.0L 367hp "Vortec Max" in the half ton trucks.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Ching Chong

        This September 10th 2010 release from Ford's website says

        "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"

        Source: http://media.fordvehicles.com/article_display.cfm?article_id=33260
        • 4 Years Ago
        A funny story about Ford and premium fuel:

        When I went to test drive the new 5.0 Mustang, I mentioned something about premium fuel to the salesman, and he told me "Oh, no, the GT isn't supposed to run on premium fuel. Something about it being too hot."

        Obviously, he's wrong. It says otherwise just about everywhere.

        I'm glad Ford is stepping up their game with their vehicles. Their whole lineup is great. But their sales people are still... below average.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Sure Ford has the better numbers using their latest and greatest technology wait till the other two come out with their new mods. Add a new tranny and fiat's multiair technology to the 5.7 and then do this test.
        • 4 Years Ago
        A day late and a dollar short. The key word in your comment is "wait". Do you think Ford is just going to sit around or might they be inclined to continue to improve there product.

        Look, there are always going to be Ford guys, Chevy guys and Dodge guys (almost forgot Toyota guys) when it comes to trucks.

        Ford has the lions share of the market for best selling truck and best selling vehicle for like 9 years or more, they must be doing something right...
      • 4 Years Ago
      All I can think of is, how much better these engines will do with premium fuel and reprogrammed ECU. Hmmm......
      • 4 Years Ago
      Go easy on those tires ... there's a shortage of rubber!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Makes you wonder why make a V8? Not a bad thing, but it seems like V6es are just gonna keep getting more powerful and powerful. They are really gonna have to beef up the V8s in the future. That's just the way I see it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I knew some Ford event was going on outside the Texas Motor Speedway last weekend. Now I know what it was.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Is that a little old lady hooning in the parking lot? She's burning out the tires cuz she's got her foot on the brakes!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Look at that, it's a vehicle with little weight over the rear tires doing a burnout! Astounding!
        • 4 Years Ago
        There's plenty of weight on that rear axle, it's not like those double wall beds are made of aluminum foil ... and consider also that it's a crew cab.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Relatively speaking.
        55/45 sucks for traction
      • 4 Years Ago
      Is there gonna be a badass FX2? If so, I'm stoked. The last gen FX2 was so awesome, but with EcoBoost under the hood, this truck will FLY.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I said I would believe it when I see it, and while Ford didn't quite hit the 400hp mark its close enough. NOW would Ford kindly shear off 700 to 1000lbs off the F-150 and then we would have ourselves a muscle truck that would handle great as well.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Guys come-on. The 2004 redesign of the F-150 added over 700 lbs to the truck. For every 100lbs added you must add 10hp to produce the same performance for a truck weighing less. Not to mention the extra fuel you burn pushing all that extra blubber. If you want to tow buy a 250 or 350 but have the 150 as a truck that can carry a large bulky item but not necessarily having to tow a lot. Most of the p/u trucks I see just carry around hockey bags and the occasional lumber.
      • 4 Years Ago
      According to the charts, the 3.7 V6 (not the EcoBoost) even outperforms the Chevy 5.3 V8. If that is true, I'm impressed.
        • 4 Years Ago
        *visualizes Ranger 3.5 Ecoboost*



        *faints*
        • 4 Years Ago
        We don't know axle ratios or tire sizes, or truck configurations.
        What if the 5.0 used the 3.31 axle, and the 3.7 used the 3.73?
        Surely the 5.0 has appreciable more power than the 3.7.
        • 4 Years Ago
        V6 numbers are probably single cab, 2WD trucks.

        Apples to apples the F-150 is a heavier truck and the 3.7 is a not insignificantly weaker motor. If something looks too good to be true it's because the sponsor rigged the test.
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