Monday, October 18, 2010

2011 Ford F-150 More efficient V6 and V8 engines

Competition in the full sized truck arena continues to make stronger, as Ford introduces four new engines for its best-selling F-150. The automaker boasts that these engines show a marked improvement over the engines they replace and even claim best-in-class fuel economy ratings from the Environmental Protection Agency.

The new 3.7-liter V6 produces 302 horsepower and 278 ft. lbs. of torque. It is paired with a six-speed automatic transmission that has a manual override feature. This power train is expected to deliver an EPA-rated 16 mpg city and 23 mpg highway in 4x2 configurations, aided by newly fitted electrically-assisted steering that replaces the hydraulic one across the line. This same engine yielded 24 mpg overall in our V6 Mustang.

The 5.0-liter V8 generates 360 horsepower and 380 ft.-lbs. of torque, enabling a 10,000-pound tow capacity. This flex-fuel engine is expected to return an EPA-rated 15 mpg city and 21 mpg highway in 4x2 configurations. We expect 4WD versions will get 1-2 mpg worse.

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