Ford product development VP Derrick Kuzak informed the world during the 2008 model preview recently that the twin-force technology that was shown on this year's MKR concept would go into production in the next two to three years on a variety of four- and six-cylinder engines. What he didn't tell us was which engines and which vehicles.
Well it turns out the first engine from Ford with gasoline direct injection will be the 2009 Lincoln MKS. At launch, the 3.5L V-6 will be equipped with only the DI part of twin-force equation (twin referring to GDI and turbocharging). The turbocharging may be added later, although if new fuel economy standards go into effect what might happen is a reduction in displacement combined with the turbo and direct injection to maintain the power level while reducing fuel consumption. At launch, we can probably expect 300-310hp from the MKS or maybe as much as 330 if the rumored bump in displacement to 3.7L happens. All of this also bodes extremely well for the 2010 Mustang which will also be getting the new 3.5L V-6 as the base engine and will almost certainly get the GDI version.