Ford Motor Company has just announced the new line-up of engines for its long, best selling F-150. When it comes to this half-ton beast, there are two generations that will be benefiting from the new engines, the old school V-8 muscle-heads, and the younger, Gen-Y greenies. Of course you normally don’t mention half-ton truck and environmental responsibility in the same breath, however, Ford is trying to do just that with the folks that are thinking about buying a full size truck, but not wanting to empty their wallets every time they hit the pumps.
For those never wanting anything but a V-8, Ford has made the 6.2L an option on four of the models. This monster packs 411 hp and 432 lb-ft of stump pulling torque. More than you need? Than opt down for the 5.0L V-8 boasting 360 hp and 380 lb-ft. Both choices can pull their fair share, towing 11,300 and 9800 lbs respectively.
Then came the 6’s. Ford really stepped it up in the V-6 department. The “lowest” V-6 is delivering ratings close to that of the last year’s top-of-the-line V-8. Add to that the new EcoBoost which puts out 355hp and 365 lb-ft. While those numbers are smaller than that of the 6.2L, tow ratings are equal at 11,300 lbs. Add to that the fact that the EcoBoost is expected to get 20% better mileage than the old V-8, and you’ve got a sure winner on your hands. Some may remember that the antiquated 5.4L V-8 had 320hp at its cycle’s end (2009-2010 model year). This lower power rating, along with a 4-speed transmission being the only option, made for a rather low EPA rating of 14/city and 20/highway. This is putting the new EcoBoost somewhere around 17/city and 24 highway.
Ask any pony car enthusiast what he thinks of the V-6 version of the Mustang, and he or she will likely say, “Great car, but I’d never be caught dead in a 6 cylinder.” Ford hopes that isn’t true with it’s bread and butter full size trucks. When comparing the EcoBoost V-6 with the top-end V-8, you have tow ratings that are equal, but the torque figures are 67 lb-ft apart. To truck guys, that’s a football field distance apart. Because to them, nothing matters more than torque.
What Ford is hoping, is that the average buyer of the F-150, being someone who likes a nice ride, good power and can tow his camper or fishing boat, won’t need the ultimate torque figures. Put in some pretty decent mpg ratings for the EcoBoost, and the Average Joe has found what he’s looking for.