Truck fans everywhere want the down-low on the new F-150 EcoBoost, so your writer took questions from Twitter, as well as in parking lots and at traffic lights, and answered the most common for this story.
Question 1: What is EcoBoost?
Answer: Ecoboost is a new line of high-efficiency Ford engines that use turbocharging and direct-injection technology to deliver the performance of a bigger engine with the fuel consumption of a smaller one.
Case in point?
The F-150 EcoBoost uses a 3.5L, twin-turbo V6 in place of a larger V8 to deliver heaps of on-demand power and fantastic mileage.
By using a smaller-displacement turbocharged engine in place of a bigger-displacement unit, drivers effectively pay the fuel penalty only on the power they need, rather than feeding a bigger, thirstier engine all the time.
The idea is that during gentle driving and cruising, with the turbochargers at idle, F-150's engine drinks gas at the rate of an efficient V6 - though the turbochargers keep a whack of extra power and torque on perpetual standby when needed.
Question 2: Is it powerful?
Answer: Yes. The boosted six puts out 365 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque. That's more than the F-150's new 5.0L V8, and peak torque is available from just 2,500 rpm, or about 2,000 revs earlier than a comparable V8. That translates to fantastic throttle response, as well as a machine that'll virtually tie an F-150 with Ford's new 6.2L V8 in a drag race.
|The boosted six puts out 365 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque. (Photo: Ford)|