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V-6 Now Overwhelming Choice for F-150 Truck Buyers

Automakers taking different paths to the same results.

by on Jun.05, 2015

Sixty-seven percent of F-150s are rolling off the production line with V6 engines, including the 3.5-liter V6 EcoBoost.

Pickup buyers are among the industry’s most macho, and they’ve traditionally wanted the biggest, baddest engines they could stuff under the hood. But things appear to be shifting as automakers come up with creative alternatives that meet growing demand for better fuel economy.

Ford Motor Co. says that more than two out of three buyers of the new 2015 F-150 pickup truck are opting for V-6 engines, rather than V-8s. Demand is shifting at other manufacturers, though at not nearly the same pace – reflecting the fact that there are numerous different ways to deliver better mileage.

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A decade ago, “I definitely would not have expected this,” said analyst David Sullivan, of AutoPacific, Inc. “Nobody would have expected V-6s to develop the way they have in terms of power for displacement, but they’re now making as much power as many of the V-8s of a decade ago.” (more…)

Ford EcoBoost Engine Teardown

Ford will tear it down in front of auto show crowd.

by on Jan.14, 2011

The EcoBoost engine that powered this 2011 Ford F-150 through the Baja 1000 desert endurance race will be pubicly torn down this weekend.

Late last year, Ford built a desert-racing truck around its new 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged EcoBoost V-6 engine and took it to the grueling Baja 1000, the toughest race in North America, for its racing debut.

On Saturday morning, in front of 500 or so witnesses, Ford mechanics and engineers will tear down the sealed race engine to its smallest component parts to check for any significant wear after the 1000-mile torture test.

The engine, which had run the equivalent of 160,000 customer miles, or 10 years of constant use, already, in dynamometer testing, was installed in a Ford F-150 pickup truck at the Ford Kansas City assembly plant.  The truck then hauled 55 tons of lumber and ran at full throttle for 24 hours straight while towing 11,300 pounds of cargo.

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If that wasn’t grueling enough, the truck was then prepped for the SCORE Tecate Baja 1000 event in Mexico, and completed the race without incident.

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