Official: Second-Generation Ford EcoBoost Makes 375 hp and 470 lb-ft in F-150
Torquiest Engine in Any Half-Ton Pickup On Market
Ford released power and torque numbers for the second-generation EcoBoost V-6 last week, revealing an engine that makes 10 hp and 50 more lb-ft of torque than the engine it replaces. The 3.5L engine at the top of the Ford F-150’s engine lineup now produces 375 hp and 470 lb-ft of torque, up from the 450 lb-ft Ford previously estimated.
The latter number also represents segment-best numbers. For comparison, GM’s torquiest 1/2-ton pickup produces 460 lb-ft from a direct-injected 6.2L V-8, while Ram’s 3.0L EcoDiesel V-6 makes 420 lb-ft. To be fair, Ram and Chevy both offer more horsepower than Ford, with the aforementioned 6.2L V-8 making 420 hp and Ram’s 5.7L Hemi V-8 producing 395. Then again, Ford has one more trump card in its arsenal, thanks to its F-150’s lightweight construction. Indeed, our 5,200-pound 2015 Pickup Truck of the Year tester was the fastest truck we’ve ever tested, even was equipped with the less powerful first-generation EcoBoost.
The second-generation mill will probably be marginally cleaner and more efficient than its predecessor, thanks in part to a dual injection system that will switch between port injection for better emissions and direct injection for maximum power and fuel economy, depending on engine load. A lighter, stronger valvetrain helps further increase efficiency, as does standard engine-idle stop/start. Finally, a 10-speed automatic transmission will help all-around performance, featuring a wider ratio spread for both long-legged highway efficiency and snappy around-town performance.
In our one-year test of the Ford F-150 equipped with the old 3.5L V-6, we never found it wanting for power, so we’re very excited to try out the superlative muscle of the new EcoBoost. And Ford promises even more grunt for the F-150 Raptor, which sports a “high-output” 3.5L V-6.