Ford will begin rolling out its 1.0-liter, three-cylinder Ecoboost engine this year in overseas models like the UK-spec Ford Focus and C-Max. Replacing the naturally-aspirated 1.6-liter four-cylinder, the little Ecoboost lump translates its minimal displacement into versions with 99 horses and 118 horses, and up to 125 pound-feet of torque. A report in Autocar suggests Ford can do even better, speculating that The Blue Oval is currently testing a unit outputting 177 hp.

The supplemental power would come from another turbocharger in a production guise, but for testing purposes comes from a supercharger feeding a turbo taken from Ford's 1.6-liter, four-cylinder Ecoboost. A hi-po option would be slated some kind of "performance version of the Focus positioned some distance below the forthcoming 247bhp Focus ST."

Or, if Ford could really get that output to work for production the engine could be an option for the Fiesta ST. Shown off last year, the hotted-up Fiesta was paired with a 180-hp, 177-lb-ft version of the 1.6-liter Ecoboost. Granted, this is all hypothetical, but even with the loss of a noticeable chunk of torque the idea might have its merits.


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      QAZZY
      • 2 Years Ago
      The next logical step is to put two together to make a 354hp 2.0L V6.
      Gator
      • 2 Years Ago
      I really hope it makes it to the states.
      Ross DC
      • 2 Years Ago
      Damn!
      Rotation
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm doubtful that they would do this. I'm sure at this price, 177HP/liter is doable, but I don't know that it really makes that much sense for a short run production vehicle. In the end, don't you have to ask what Ford has to gain developing this engine. Surely a 1.6L engine or 1.4L engine would fit under the hood and would get Ford to their power goals with less development cost. Yeah, the 1.0L might get fractionally better MPG, but in an ST model, a 5% increase in mpg is immaterial.
      JRRYGAD
      • 2 Years Ago
      GET THIS ENGINE TO USA ASAP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
        gbrecke
        • 2 Years Ago
        @JRRYGAD
        UK has all the fun, seems the EPA is hell bent on keeping it that way..
          danwat1234
          • 2 Years Ago
          @gbrecke
          Well this 1 Liter ecoboost engine is coming to the USA in the form of the 2014 Fiesta
      BRKF06
      • 2 Years Ago
      Um...what's impressive about this? Juke and Mini both get as much or more from their 1.6 liter turbos.
        QCRamAir
        • 2 Years Ago
        @BRKF06
        Did you actually read EVERYthing? It's not so much about the three cylinders as it is only 1.0 liter pumping out such numbers.
        BRKF06
        • 2 Years Ago
        @BRKF06
        Before the boo birds start... yeah 3 cylinder v 4 cylinder. Still not going gaga for the idea. More of a shrug.
      QCRamAir
      • 2 Years Ago
      Regardless of whatever engine they use, if Ford puts into production a 175-180 HP Fiesta ST hatchback with a 6-speed manual for around $20K... SIGN. ME. UP!
        jawlz1
        • 2 Years Ago
        @QCRamAir
        I imagine that if it actually gets made, we'd be looking at around $23k or so. I would probably still want one even at that price.
          chris
          • 2 Years Ago
          @jawlz1
          Yeah, I knew when I said "$20K" that I was likely too low on the possible MSRP, but it sure would be nice. Like I said, this car for only $20K and I wouldn't even hesitate to walk into a Ford dealer and put my name on some papers.
          chris
          • 2 Years Ago
          @jawlz1
          Ahhh. Why does AB always sign me in under either name at random times?!
        k_m94
        • 2 Years Ago
        @QCRamAir
        If the Fiesta ST is going to pump out 180hp in such a small and light package, could you imagine an RS? Let's see, 177hp/l for a 1 L... how about 150hp/l in a 1.6L 4 pot? 240 horsepower seems like a good place to start!
          AcidTonic
          • 2 Years Ago
          @k_m94
          Why such low goals for an RS? Do what Block did and swap the 2.0 into the Fiesta and shoot for 300+ and provide a full-time AWD system. That's Ford actually trying. Otherwise it's more FWD with excuses. Sure the ST is FWD but not the RS series of either the Focus or Fiesta. FWD is a mistake for the RS.
          k_m94
          • 2 Years Ago
          @k_m94
          Acid, you are starting to sound like Dan Frederiksen, except instead of light EVs, it's turbo AWD. You seem to expect manufacturers to conform to your standards and ridicule them if they dont do such drastic measures. Yes, we would all like Ken Block's 300hp AWD rally car or his 600hp AWD drift car. But it is really overkill. A good FWD setup and 200+hp is plenty to ask from a Fiesta, even an RS. Ford doesn't make a good, sporting and lightweight AWD system right now. They do, however, have expertise at making great handling FWD hot hatches (previously only in Europe). Would you really rather they lumber their smallest and lightest US market car with a bulky, unnecessary, and likely half assed AWD system? Why are you not on Mitsubishi's case with a 300hp AWD Colt (or i)? Because the Evo X has gone big, heavy, and expensive nowadays, and probably a different animal to your stripped, highly modded Evo you keep claiming you have.
        QCRamAir
        • 2 Years Ago
        @QCRamAir
        And before the typical idiots chime in and post "Where does it say they'll price it at $20K??", obviously I know there isn't any idea given on what the price would be. I'm simply saying, this car, for around $20K, and I wouldn't even think twice about what my 2nd car is gonna be, as I'm looking for a fun yet practical and efficient wagon or hatch with a manual for a 2nd vehicle/work car, and this Fiesta "ST" (still a fantasy) would fit the bill perfectly.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @QCRamAir
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        over9000
        • 2 Years Ago
        @QCRamAir
        and no one is going to buy it, Ford seeks a bailout.
      Bob
      • 2 Years Ago
      Autoblog, all manufacturers push their engines to the bring to see where the envelope lies, and then tune it below this ceiling and back it up with warranty for their cars. I remember 4 years ago I did a tour of the GM Powertrain facility in Detroit. They were doing a test that day on the 3.0 liter V6. They revved that thing to 8,700 rpm before it exploded, netting them 342 naturally aspirated hp. However they pointed it out the the engine will be limited to 269hp and 7,000 rpm.
      Sorten Borten
      • 2 Years Ago
      I just wish they would give us a date for when the USDM Fiesta will be available with the ~ 120 HP, 1.0L Ecoboost engine. 80 fewer pounds over the front axle and better power, torque and efficiency ... I can't wait.
      narcszm
      • 2 Years Ago
      I wonder what the specific power output is. It must be pretty high!
        bhtooefr
        • 2 Years Ago
        @narcszm
        Specific output is very simple math. In fact, shockingly simple given that we're talking about a 1.0 liter engine, and specific output is usually either given in bhp (or PS) per liter, or kW per liter... I'd guess that it's 177 bhp per liter. Just a guess. ;)
      Nathan Carl Lewis
      • 2 Years Ago
      As a driver of an 87' Chevy Sprint Turbo, (a badge engineered Suzuki Cultus Turbo), which also utilizes a 1 liter 3 cylinder lump, I would like to see what for can do. I personally have always wondered what a DOHC DI Twin scroll turbo 1 liter 3 would make... But I will tell you something, the 71 hp, and "claimed" 79 lbs/ft of torque my 1600 lbs box has makes the little guy a blast to drive and all while netting 40 some MPH, my best was 52 during a long hall on the highway. So I say bring the performance 3 cylinder back to the states! And the fortwo doesnt count. lol
        QCRamAir
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Nathan Carl Lewis
        Not only that, but 3-cylinders typically sound far more entertaining than your average droning 4-banger.
      XJ Yamaha
      • 2 Years Ago
      The testor had a supercharged turbo? Haha. Makes you wonder about he longevity of such a setup.
        Drakkon
        • 2 Years Ago
        @XJ Yamaha
        The supercharger blows into a turbo that is smaller than you would think. Since the turbo is breathing air already compressed it doesn't have to be as large. Mini pondered this before going to a turbo only setup. It doesn't have to be a crazy heat intensive deal.
        AcidTonic
        • 2 Years Ago
        @XJ Yamaha
        It's all about engine internals..... With proper forged internals you can run 600hp 450tq all day long in a daily driven turbo 2.0. If they don't cheap out on the internals or emissions research, these motors can be as stout as they desire to build them. Don't accept any excuses saying otherwise.
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