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Ford To Build Smaller V-6 And Bigger V-8

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On: Fri, Oct 14, 2011 at 9:20AM | By: Chris Weiss

Ford To Build Smaller V-6 And Bigger V-8

Earlier this week, some Ford/United Auto Workers contracts leaked onto the Web. While only the most dedicated auto journalists would be interested in the i's and t's of the worker agreements, the rest of us are interested in the details about Ford's upcoming products that they included. Key among those products are two new engines to be developed: a 5.8-liter V-8 engine for the Mustang Shelby GT500 and a 2.5- to 3.0-liter V-6 engine with direct injection and turbocharging.

This year may have been the year of the Chevy Camaro ZL1, but next year the spotlight will turn to Ford as it introduces the Camaro ZL1's competition--the 2013 Shelby Mustang GT500, a car that's expected to edge the ZL1 out with upwards of 600 horses. According to this week's leaked contracts, a supercharged V-8 engine that increases in displacement from 5.4 liters to 5.8 liters will be the key component of that power upgrade.

The engine will be built at Ford's Romeo Engine Assembly Plant in Michigan. That plant will receive a $50 million investment and will continue to build the 6.2-liter V-8 for the Ford F-150.

Moving southward, Ford's Lima, Ohio plant will build a new V-6 engine with a smaller displacement. The engine is described as an "industry-leading small V-6" and will come after a $400 million investment in the plant.

Car and Driver speculates that the engine will likely get Ecoboost turbocharging and slide between the 2.0-liter Ecoboost four-cylinder worth around 250 hp and the 3.5-liter Ecoboost V-6 worth 365 hp, offering around 300 hp. It could either serve alongside those options or replace larger displacement Ecoboosts as Ford looks to increase its efficiency.

Bottom line: More power and performance in the Mustang flagship and more efficiency for run-of-the-mill Ford/Lincoln sedans and SUVs.


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