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Ford Updating Entire F-Series Powertrain Line-up for 2011

Maker promising 20% reduction in fuel consumption with new engine line.

by on Aug.11, 2010

The new 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 is expected to produce as much torque -- and deliver the same towing capacity -- as Ford's big 6.2-liter V8.

While design, creature comfort and packaging all play a role in differentiating one pickup model from another, perhaps nothing has more impact than powertrain.  And for 2011, Ford Motor Co. will complete update the engine and transmission options offered for its best-selling F-Series.

For the upcoming model-year, Ford will launch four new powertrains, including a compact, high-mileage V6, a pair of V8s and the newest member of its expanding, high-tech EcoBoost line-up.  Collectively, the maker claims the typical 2011 F-Series model will get about 20% better mileage than the 2010 pick-up line, despite big improvements in power, torque and towing capacity.

“Fuel economy,” explained Doug Scott, marketing manager for Ford’s Truck Group, “is building in importance with the consumer,” as much with pickups as with compact passenger cars.

Ford research shows that 70% of pickup buyers are demanding better fuel economy, and 32% say they are willing to switch brands to get higher mileage.

A major reason why Ford anticipates the big jump in 2011 F-Series fuel efficiency is the introduction of the all-new 3.7-liter V6, a four-valve DOHC package that will put out the type of numbers that only a V8 could match until recently.  It will make 300 horsepower and 275 lb-ft of torque, and handle up to 6,100 trailer loads – the best in its segment according to competitive data.


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At the other end of the spectrum is the new 6.2-liter V8 that Ford just yesterday announced will go into its newly-updated 2011 Harley-Davidson F-150 truck.  (Click Here for more.) A hefty SOHC design, this is “more of a traditional truck engine,” according to Mike Harrison, Ford’s V8 engine manager.

Turning out 411 hp and 434 lb-ft, the 6.2-liter engine will also be offered as standard equipment in the high-style 2011 Ford SVT Raptor, and as an option in other F-150 models.  It also delivers segment-leading towing capacity of 11,300 pounds, according to Harrison.


First Look: 2011 Ford Harley-Davidson F-150

4-Wheeler invades annual bike week in Sturgis.

by on Aug.10, 2010

For 2011 Ford gives the Harley-Davidson F-150 a new 6.2-liter V8.

It’s normally supposed to be all about the bikes, this week, in Sturgis, South Dakota.  But there’s a spotlight shining on a big four-wheeler at this week’s event.

Sturgis Bike Week is the biggest and most eagerly-anticipated motorcycle event of the year, drawing countless thousands on everything from little off-roaders to the biggest, baddest choppers ever assembled.  But they’re getting some competition from Ford, which is unveiling the most powerful version ever of its Harley-Davidson-branded F-150 pickup.

The 2011 Harley-Davidson F-150 features a 6.2-liter V-8 churning out 411 horsepower and 434 lb-ft of torque.  If that sounds familiar, that’s because it’s the same powertrain spinning the oversized tires on Ford’s over-the-top 2010 F-150 SVT Raptor.


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“The engine has tons of torque and already has been proven in the field,” says the V8 engine’s program manager, Mike Harrison.

There’s enough torque, in fact, to pull a 9,300-pound trailer, according to Ford, a big bump up from what the pickup could tow with the old 310-hp 5.4-liter V8.


Sneak Peek: Ford’s 2010 Harley-Davidson F-150

Sneak Peek: Ford’s 2010 Harley-Davidson F-150

by on Feb.10, 2009

The 14th time Harley and Ford have collaborated on an F-Series model.

The 14th time Harley and Ford have collaborated on an F-Series model.

Ford hopes to burnish the bad-boy image of its big F-Series pickup with the launch of the 2010 Harley-Davidson F-150, which will be making its public debut, this week, at the Chicago Auto Show.

The 14th time the automaker and motorcycle manufacturer have teamed up, the new Harley F-150 combines the basic styling and features of the new-for-’09 F-Series truck and signature design cues lifted from Harley’s born-to-be-wild bikes.

“In the marketplace, today, you have to have a point of view and be differentiated,” explained Mark Fields, Ford’s President of the Americas, as he provided a sneak peek at the truck soon to roll onto the stage at Chicago’s McCormick Place.