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Ford Goes Crazy With F-150 Engine Options

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On: Thu, Sep 23, 2010 at 3:09PM | By: John Welch

Ford Goes Crazy With F-150 Engine Options

Ford had increased the quality, reliablilty, and safety of its automotive fleet over the past two years, and now it is increasing engine choices. The Ford F-150, long known as the best selling truck in America, is recieving a much-needed dose of "engine-choice" for 2011, and we have the details on all four powerplants. A word of advice to Chevy and Dodge: pushrods might not be the way to go anymore . . .

Along with two V8 options, the new F-150 will also bring back the V6, in a big way! There is the typical base option, Ford's corporate 3.7 liter making 302 bhp and 278 pound feet of torque. Think about the typical six-cylinder option leveled on trucks of yore: heavy, slow, and not much more economical than their octo-cylinder counterparts. No longer the case! Along with the base engine, Ford is also offering the 3.5 liter Eco-Boost six, pumping out 355 horses and a certified 420 pound feet of stump-pulling torque. Combined with a looong torque curve, this engine should prove popular once the added complication of twin-turbos is no longer scaring off customers.

And thus, a good question is raised. Will truck buyers overlook the stereotypes associated with these modern engines? The added cost and complexity? The possiblity that these techno-marvels will require more than a set of wrenchs and a couple of biceps to repair? Will the V8s out sell the sixes solely based on familiarity?

Hopefully not, as these six-pot engines drag the full-size truck, kicking and screaming, into the 21st Century. About time. The base V6 F-150 has had no official fuel economy announcment thus far; it is rumored that the 3.7 mill will eclipse 23 miles to the gallon. This number would match the Hybrid models offered by Chevrolet and GMC, albeit at a humongous cost savings! Here are the particulars on the other engine options for the 2011 F150 . . .

• 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6, with 365 hp at 5,000 rpms, and 420 pounds feet of torque at 2,500 rpms

• 5.0-liter V-8, with overhead camshaft, and 360 hp at 5,500 rpms, with 380 pounds feet of torque at 4,250 rpms

• 6.2-liter V-8, single-overhead camshaft, with 411 hp at 5,500 rpms, and 434 pounds feet of torque at 4,500 rpms

A six-speed automatic is standard with each engine.

This engine revolution could see a huge spike in Ford sales, but it could also turn out to be a flop. If only one engine, or one cylinder count is heavily favored by consumers then this gluttony of choice may be ripped out from underneath us. Ford did not offer a V6 in 2010, none was totally ready for production. Hopefully the order sheets contain a lot of sixes, and the large truck proves itself to be viable beyond the first 20 years of this new century.

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