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Car and Driver: Ford F-150’s New 3.5-Liter EcoBoost V-6 Makes More Power and Torque than We Thought

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It turns out that Ford was a bit conservative when it announced numbers for its new 3.5-liter twin-turbo V-6 that will be offered in the 2017 F-150 pickup. The previously announced numbers, 365 horsepower and 450 lb-ft of torque, already represented a 30 lb-ft advantage over the outgoing 3.5-liter EcoBoost, but the new, final numbers of 375 horsepower and 470 lb-ft are even more of a bump.


We have to wonder if Ford was just being a bit coy with those preliminary numbers, as the new torque number from the 3.5-liter V-6 now conveniently beats the 460 lb-ft of torque offered by the 6.2-liter V-8 that’s optional in the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra trucks. That allows the Blue Oval boys to claim best-in-class torque numbers, silencing turbo doubters who think that there’s still no replacement for V-8 displacement.


3.5-liter EcoBoost engine and 10-speed transmission


Of course, the other big news with this powertrain upgrade is the addition of a 10-speed automatic transmission to mate with this boosted V-6. Co-developed by Ford and General Motors, this new gearbox should improve acceleration and fuel economy, although we don’t have any official EPA numbers at this point.


As for the rest of the 2017 F-150 engine lineup, it’s unchanged, with the previously offered naturally aspirated 3.5-liter V-6, EcoBoost 2.7-liter V-6, and old-school 5.0-liter V-8 all returning; and none of those engines will get the 10-speed automatic, which is exclusive to the 3.5-liter EcoBoost. Now we’re just waiting to officially hear how much power and torque this 3.5-liter EcoBoost/10-speed automatic transmission makes in the new Ford Raptor off-road monster—450 horsepower is a definite possibility.


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