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The Future of the 3.5 Liter EcoBoost

Tuesday, January 20th 2015. | 2017 Ford F-150, Ford F-150 Raptor, Reviews
3.5 liter EcoBoost V6

3.5 liter EcoBoost V6

When the 2015 Ford F-150 was announced we were also told to expect new EcoBoost technology, we got it in the form of the 2.7 liter V6 EcoBoost now available. It incorporates some new technology into the EcoBoost series of engines that the 3.5 liter has yet to see. Those features are a compacted graphite iron block which increases durability, a standard stop-start system and a whopping 325 horsepower (120 hp per liter) and a gargantuan-for-its-displacement 375 ft-lb’s of torque (139 ft-lb per liter). My guess is that we can expect these features and more in a new generation of the 3.5 V6 liter EcoBoost.

2015 Ford F-150 with 2.7 liter V6 EcoBoost climbing Davis Dam in 100+ degree heat, 13% grade

2015 Ford F-150 with 2.7 liter V6 EcoBoost climbing Davis Dam in 100+ degree heat, 13% grade

The current 3.5 liter has an output of 365 horsepower (104hp per liter) and 420 ft-lb’s of torque (120 ft-lb’s per liter) in the 2015 F-150. If you look at these figures per-liter, you’ll see that just in that respect that the 3.5 liter has some catching up to do, to the tech in the 2.7. When it comes to engineering a new engine things are never linear (in the sense that an increase in displacement will increase power by exactly the same ratio), so we’ll have to see what Ford comes up with. I’m certain the numbers will impress us. If we did look at it “linearly”, taking the 2.7’s hp per liter numbers we’d arrive at roughly 420 horsepower and 490 ft-lb’s of torque.

2015 Ford F-150 Crew Cab 4x4

2015 Ford F-150 Crew Cab 4×4

We already know that we’ll see a new version of the 3.5 EcoBoost in the 2017 F-150 Raptor and the 2017 Ford GT, with output in the Raptor promised to be above its current 411 horsepower and 434 ft-lb’s of torque. At the more extreme end of the scale the Ford GT is said to be getting over 600 horsepower out of its 3.5 liter V6. I wouldn’t expect that much out of the truck application, we won’t be receiving race-tuned engines in our trucks. Aside from power we can also expect fuel savings from improved engine technology and the start-stop system from the 2.7 is sure to make it to the new generation of the 3.5 liter EcoBoost. We’ll also see improved fuel economy from a 10 speed auto transmission that we know will be in the 2017 Raptor.

2017 Ford F-150 Raptor at Detroit Auto Show

2017 Ford F-150 Raptor at Detroit Auto Show

So we know the upgraded 3.5 V6 EcoBoost and 10 speed transmission combo will be in the 2017 Raptor, but there is no doubt in my mind that it will be available in the regular 2017 F-150 as well. I even think it’s likely it’ll have the same power output as the Raptor. I’m excited for those 411+ ponies! I’m also very excited that the EcoBoost will be powering the Raptor.

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