The 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine for Ford’s F-150 (earlier post) will deliver a combination of best-in-class towing of 11,300 pounds, payload of 3,060 pounds, and the fuel economy of a V6. The 3.5-liter EcoBoost truck engine delivers 365 hp (272 kW) at 5,000 rpm and 420 lb-ft (569 N·m) of torque at 2,500 rpm, with up to 90% of the peak torque available from 1,700 rpm to 5,000 rpm, all on regular fuel.
A typical comparable V8 competitor reaches peak torque at higher engine speeds—around 4,000 rpm—and holds it for a much smaller range, Ford notes.
This EcoBoost truck engine also features twin independent variable camshaft timing, or Ti-VCT, to help save fuel. Ti-VCT provides extremely precise variable and independent control of timing for intake and exhaust valves. Ti-VCT also reduces emissions, especially in situations when the throttle is partially open.
Independent adjustment of intake and exhaust valve timing allows maximum fuel economy at part-throttle, while delivering optimized power in full-throttle situations. An added benefit is improved driveability and responsiveness across the torque curve.
The 2011 F-150 with EcoBoost will be available in early 2011.