Which describes you best, a V6 or a V8? Did you say V6 because you’re a lot of power in a small package? Or maybe a V8 because you’re a workhorse?
In some ways, there’s little difference between the two when it comes to the Ford EcoBoost®. The EcoBoost V6 is capable of meeting the demands of many people who are shopping for a V8 truck. “Our motivation with the EcoBoost V6 was to bring V6 fuel economy to truck customers, along with the torque, towing and payload they expect,” said Phil Fabien, Ford V6 Engine Specialist. “More than 200,000 F-150 customers have opted for the EcoBoost V6. This is in a segment full of die-hard V8 fans.” Then again, the engine was birthed to do more for less, like providing better fuel economy and capability without sacrificing power.
“To show the customer just how reliable the EcoBoost V6 could be, we performed a 24-hour endurance test towing 11,300 pounds behind an F-150 at maximum speed,” said Phil. The same engine then went into a race truck to run the Baja 1000. “Even if you start with a brand- new engine, that’s a very, very tough race.” After all was said and done, the engine still made the same torque and power as it did when it was new. And if you’re more of the petite powerplant personality, an EcoBoost recently took the Nürburgring track in Germany by storm, propelling a Formula Ford race car to nail one of the fastest laps ever recorded there.
The award-winning EcoBoost is at the core of the Ford plan to offer outstanding fuel efficiency for millions of drivers via high-output, small-displacement engines. By 2013, more than 90 percent of the Ford North American lineup will be available with EcoBoost technology. Ford also holds more than 125 patents on EcoBoost engine technology, which can be utilized in anything from small cars to large trucks – and it’s affordable. It’s easy to see why there are so many fans.
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