Like the rest of America, we had the equal opportunity to test drive the 3.5L EcoBoost F-150 (Article Here).
It arrived right on time, and we have to say we were impressed with more than just the engine. This particular model had the 3.15 axle. Stomping on the gas resulted in a short pause for a down shift and then massive amounts of acceleration…. If you are in the market for a new truck, we suggest you take the Ford F-150 into consideration. We will be sure to include the full review from PickupTrucks.com which was done earlier this year, in another article.
Photos and Words by Jim McCraw; above photo courtesy of Ford
Ford Motor Co. made some history over the weekend when it did a complete engine tear-down and inspection of a “torture tested” 3.5-liter EcoBoost twin-turbo V-6 used in the latest F-150 at the 2011 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
Auto shows, like NAIAS, typically showcase the latest metal in fancy displays bathed in brilliant lights and staffed with beautiful spokesmodels. They’re about as far as you can get from the garages that all cars and trucks will eventually require a visit to for service and maintenance. But for an hour Saturday, Ford turned part of its spotless blue and white display space inside Detroit’s Cobo Hall into a service bay for the last chapter of the F-150 EcoBoost torture test.
Ford has finally pulled the Ecoboost V6 engine from its Baja racer in preparation for the mill’s tear down at the Detroit Auto Show. This particular lump has seen several lifetimes worth of abuse, from skidding logs to endurance towing around a NASCAR track and even competing in the legendary Baja 1000.
Even more surprising, all of that came after severe endurance tests at the factory. The engineers say that this V6 has racked up enough hours to drive the equivalent of six laps around the planet. How did it hold up? According to Ford, the Ecoboost engine still managed to turn out the same power figures on the dyno that it left the factory with.
Ford plans to strip the workhorse Ecoboost V6 down to its bare bones in front of a live audience at this year’s Detroit Auto Show. The action gets going on January 15 at 11 a.m., so if you’re in the greater Detroit area, swing on by for a glimpse at the engine’s innards.
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It’s official: Ford’s 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine, as seen in the 2011 F-150 pickup truck, has been rated at 16 city and 22 highway by the EPA. And it’s also officially the engine to get if you’re shopping for a new Blue Oval workhorse.
To put it all into perspective, the 365-horsepower, 420-pound-foot EcoBoost-equipped F-150 offers 3,060 pounds of payload and 11,300 pounds worth of towing capability – both of which are best-in-class – and it gets better fuel mileage than any comparable engines offered by Ford’s competitors (see the graph after the break).
All this baked-in, twin-turbocharged goodness won’t even cost the buyer all that much money, as the EcoBoost engine option adds just $750 to the cost of a truck that would otherwise be equipped with the perfectly acceptable 5.0-liter V8, or $1,750 over the cost of the base 3.7-liter V6.
Money well spent, we’d say, especially considering that the more powerful EcoBoost beats the 5.0 when it comes to fuel efficiency (15/21) and nearly matches the 3.7′s 16/23 rating. Probably not when smoking its tires, though…
Want to know more? Feel free to check out the complete press release after the break.
After surviving some of the most heinous abuse that the engineers at Ford cold dream up, the same 3.5-liter Ecoboost V6 engine that pulled logs, raced in Baja and towed 11,300 pounds for 24 hours straight will be dissected in front of the crowds at this year’s Detroit Auto Show. The stunt gets started on January 15 at 11 a.m., and Ford is hoping to be able to show off exactly how well its new V6 workhorse held up against the equivalent of 160,000 miles of torture.
From China to Cleveland, Ford’s EcoBoost technology is good news. Ford will be showing off just how well the F-150‘s “hero” 3.5-liter EcoBoost truck engine has been performing with a public teardown at the 2011 Detroit Auto Show next month. The engine that will undergo the procedure has been tested for the equivalent of 160,000 miles and 10 years of “rugged use.” Jim Mazuchowski, V6 engines programs manager, said in a statement that the engine “received no special treatment, and now we’re going to see how it did.”
Press Release Source: Ford Motor Company On Wednesday December 22, 2010, 12:15 pm EST
DEARBORN, Mich., Dec. 22, 2010 /PRNewswire/ --
- F-150 EcoBoost™ race truck, with an engine that has the equivalent of 10 years of rugged use, finished the grueling Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 in just over 38 hours, traveling 1,061 miles
- In addition to racing, the F-150 EcoBoost also acted as a “rescue” vehicle, assisting fellow competitors throughout the run
- The same stock EcoBoost engine endured the equivalent of 150,000 harsh user miles on the dynamometer, then was installed into a new 2011 Ford F-150
- The 2011 F-150 EcoBoost moved 55 tons of timber as a log skidder in Oregon, towed an 11,300-pound trailer at speeds approaching 100 mph at Homestead-Miami Speedway and beat the competition in a steep-grade towing contest at Davis Dam