New V6 Engine Makes 2011 Ford F-150 Most Fuel Efficient Full-Size Pickup

You asked, and Ford Motor Company answered: 70 percent of F-150 customers said better fuel economy is what they’d like improved most in their truck. And that they got – the 2011 Ford F-150 is projected to be the most fuel-efficient full-size pickup of any manufacturer, thanks to a projected 23 mpg highway (pending final EPA certification) with the new 3.7-liter engine. The new 5.0-liter V8 engine is projected to deliver 21 mpg highway, pending EPA certification.

“The all-new engine lineup for the 2011 Ford F-150 is focused on delivering what matters most to truck customers – best-in-class power, capability, durability and fuel economy,” said Barb Samardzich, vice president of Powertrain Engineering. “Each engine offers an unequaled combination of these attributes.”

The new 3.7-liter V6 is projected to deliver 16 mpg city and 23 mpg highway in 4×2 configuration. Projections for the new 5.0-liter V8 are 15 mpg city and 21 mpg highway in 4×2 configuration. No manufacturer offers better fuel economy numbers in these respective segments.

Also new for 2011 are the 6.2-liter V8 and 3.5-liter EcoBoost™. The EcoBoost will be available in early 2011; trucks with the 3.7-liter V6, 5.0-liter V8 and 6.2-liter V8 will arrive in dealer showrooms later this year. The new V6 and V8 make up half of an all-new powertrain lineup for the 2011 Ford F-150, part of the most extensive engine makeover in the 62-year history of F-Series. This versatile new powertrain lineup enables F-150 customers to choose the engine that best suits their needs.

Each engine is mated to a fuel-saving 6R80 six-speed automatic transmission, which has SelectShift capability with progressive range select and manual mode for the first time. Ford is the only manufacturer to equip its entire full-size pickup lineup with six-speed gearboxes as standard. A one-way clutch, which allows for smoother 1-2 and 2-1 shifts, faster downshifts and improved fuel economy, also has been added. The gear ratios, span and shift schedule have been optimized for better off-the-line performance and improved fuel economy. The double-overdrive gear also provides better fuel economy.

Another fuel saver is the addition of class-exclusive electric power-assisted steering (EPAS) to the 3.7-liter V6, 5.0-liter V8 and 3.5-liter EcoBoost powertrains. The EPAS system replaces a conventional hydraulic system, which runs continuously off the engine, with a system that draws power only when needed. Ford is the first manufacturer to widely offer EPAS on full-size pickup trucks. EPAS contributes about a 4 percent fuel-economy benefit compared with conventional hydraulic systems.

“Our new engine lineup allows greater flexibility for customers to select the powertrain choice that best suits their needs,” said Samardzich. “And each engine delivers outstanding power, capability and fuel economy.”

Here are highlights of each new engine:

3.7-liter four-valve Ti-VCT V6

• Best-in-class 302 horsepower at 6,500 rpm
• Unsurpassed 278 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,000 rpm
• Best-in-class 6,100 pounds maximum trailer tow
• Ti-VCT (twin independent variable camshaft timing) creates precise, variable timing control of both the intake and exhaust camshafts to optimize power, performance and fuel economy
• E85 flex fuel capability
• Piston-cooling jets, which squirt oil on the underside of the pistons to keep the piston crowns cool under extreme operating conditions
• Forged-steel crankshaft for improved durability
• Built at Cleveland Engine Plant

5.0-liter four-valve DOHC Ti-VCT V8

• Best-in-class 360 horsepower at 5,500 rpm
• Best-in-class 380 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,250 rpm
• Best-in-class 10,000 pounds maximum trailer tow
• New strengthened block and new cylinder head optimized for performance and enhanced cooling
• Unique intake camshafts, combined with Ti-VCT, composite intake manifold and optimized compression ratio for improved low-speed torque and towing capability
• Forged-steel crank and all-new oil cooler enhance durability
• Piston-cooling jets, which squirt oil on the underside of the pistons to keep the piston crowns cool under extreme operating conditions
• E85 flex fuel capability
• Built at Essex Engine Plant; Windsor, Ontario

6.2-liter two-valve SOHC V8

The 6.2-liter V8 is a premium engine offering on the 2011 F-150. It is now standard on F-150 SVT Raptor, with expanded offering on other specialty applications.

• Best-in-class 411 horsepower at 5,500 rpm and 434 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,500 rpm vs. all competitors
• Best-in-class 11,300 pounds maximum trailer tow vs. all competitors
• Projected 12 mpg city, 17 mpg highway (4×2 configuration), pending final EPA certification
• Durability of race-proven components and technology showcased in November 2008 when a 6.2-liter Raptor R not only survived the grueling Baja 1000, it earned a podium finish. The same engine then completed every mile of the 2009 Best in the Desert series
• Utilizes a large bore and shorter stroke. This approach to creating power has its roots in storied Ford racing engines. The large bore allows for larger intake and exhaust valves for improved engine airflow, and the short stroke allows higher engine speed for increased horsepower
• Because of the large bore size, two spark plugs per cylinder are used to more efficiently burn the fuel-air mixture in the combustion chamber, enabling better fuel economy and increased engine torque. The twin plugs also help maintain a smooth, stable idle
• Built at Romeo (Mich.) Engine Plant

3.5-liter Ti-VCT EcoBoost

A premium powertrain offering available after launch, the 3.5-liter EcoBoost has more torque than any competitors’ V8 with the fuel economy of a smaller-displacement engine. This EcoBoost engine will establish a new benchmark for its combination of performance capability and fuel efficiency.

• 365 horsepower at 5,000 rpm on regular fuel
• Best-in-class 420 lb.-ft. of torque at 2,500 rpm on regular fuel
• Best-in-class 11,300 pounds maximum trailer tow vs. all competitors
• Best-in-class 3,060 pounds payload vs. all competitors
• Up to 90 percent of peak torque available from 1,700 rpm to 5,000 rpm
• New benchmark for combination of performance capability and fuel efficiency
• Ti-VCT creates precise, variable timing control of both the intake and exhaust camshafts to optimize power, performance and fuel economy
• Intake and exhaust camshafts optimized for improved fuel economy and performance
• Cast exhaust manifolds for heavy-duty operation and durability
• Improved manifold and cylinder heads for improved performance
• Direct-acting mechanical bucket (DAMB) valvetrain with polished buckets to reduce friction and improve fuel economy
• Built at Cleveland Engine Plant

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Peter Smith I think the same way as Thomas Artman that the 5.0L V8 was a waste of time
3 year(s) ago via
Thomas Artman Can anyone explain to me why the 5.0L V8 is an option? The 3.5L twin turbo is superior in every respect, not to mention having the better max torque being available at incredibly lower rpm and having a much wider power band. In fact, I don't understand why Ford developed the new 5.0L V8 at all. The 3.5L Ecoboost would make the Mustang GT an awesome car, with superior 0-60 times, better acceleration off the line, etc., etc., etc., while using significantly less fuel! I don't get it. As forward-thinking as Ford has been of late, the new 5.0L V8 is a step backwards.
3 year(s) ago via
Thomas Artman The hybrid engines don't stop running until they are up to temperature. My 2010 Mariner hybrid gets 39 in the summer and 35 in the winter, largely due to the engine continuing to idle, even when the car is stopped. Ford thought this through. Give them credit. From what I've heard, GM's hybrid trucks have worked very well - increasing the efficiency from 14 or 16 mpg to 20+.
3 year(s) ago via
Steve go Ford but i think that a hybrid truck would be stupid.
3 year(s) ago via
mac Small turbo diesel in a mid-sized truck or van would be the ticket for me.
3 year(s) ago via
Darcy Please dont let Ford beome GMish by building a hybrid truck. GMs truck is junk (7000 dollars for the drive mechanism wich is a common failure, 1500 bucks each for battery cables also a common failure. Hybrid is only a word used to make the environMENTALists happy. How can an engine that is not running because you start on bat power turn on at 30mph cold not pump out crazy emissions. point ford has proved that warming you engine before driving will cut emissions by 75% NO HYBRIDS
3 year(s) ago via
Jason I got to drive all four of the new Ford Power-trains at the Ford Round Up at Aberdeen MD. As an owner of a 2006 Ford F-150 Lariat and loyal Ford customer, I was VERY IMPRESSED!! The EcoBoost engine is the real deal. Acceleration is instant as soon as you put your foot to the pedal. I never seen a STOCK Ford F-150 so fast in my life....The power somewhat pinned the back of my head to the seat.....If anyone doubts the power of the EcoBoost, go drive one for yourself; you will not be disappointed. People at the event were amazed. I raced a 5.0 XLT F-150 against a 5.3 Chevy.....The Chevy stood NO CHANCE......I kid you not.......Honest truth.........The Chevy was about several car lengths behind me. I raced an EcoBoost Platinum against the Hemi 5.7 liter. The Hemi was able to keep up, but the EcoBoost was gradually pulling a head. 5.0 vs EcoBoost ---------------------- I stood no chance against the EcoBoost.......I was owned.......Bottom line!!!!! 6.2 Vs EcoBoost ------------------------ This was a good battle......I was able to beat the EcoBoost. Not sure if the driver hit the gas too hard or had a slow reaction time when the light turned green. If anyone has a different result, let me know.......I hit the gas on the 6.2 to hard which caused the wheels to spin for a second. 3.7 Vs 5.0 --------------- I was whooped!!!! The 3.7 is no slouch but no match for the 5.0.......It could probably beat the 5.4 and the Chevy 5.3. I had a GREAT TIME!!!! All of the staff members were very nice and professional. I wish they would have raffled off one of the trucks. I heard those trucks were prototypes and they would be destroyed when the tour is completely over :( It was hard to leave. I could have raced all day long. Good Luck Ford!!!
4 year(s) ago via
george Need to add a diesel to the line up.
4 year(s) ago via
Brandie Fields The F150 continues to amaze me. Every time you learn what all it can do, Ford adds even more technology and betters the truck even more! Thanks Ford for making a truck that can pretty well sell itself!
4 year(s) ago via
Mark Flesher Got to drive one with 7,000 lb attached to the bumper at the Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth at the RoundUp event. The drive was amazing. That truck hauled 7,000lb effortlessly, handled better and pulled better than a 2002 5.4L V8. And when there's nothing on it, there's a nice acceleration curve that's beyond what I see currently. The 5.0L V8 actually surprised me the most of all of them, but you couldn't drive one of those with anything on the rear. These drivetrains are all rather amazing and honestly only Chevy can probably keep up with Ford - - when they redesign in a few years, it's going to be very interesting to see what "new" technology Ford has been hiding all these years.
4 year(s) ago via
mark marisch All this without bailout money. Buy Ford.....
4 year(s) ago via
skip marsh 3.5 Eco Boost is the answer to putting deisel in a 1/2 ton pick up. Can not wait to try one out nad see what it can do. Hope we can keep up with the demand. Ford should come with a Demo program so the dealers can one ready to for trailer pulling as the DOT in our state love to stop dealer tagged trucks with trailers on them
4 year(s) ago via
Rob Was recently at the Ford F-150 Round Up 2 and got drive and test each of the new powertrains. VERY impressive! The competition has a long way to go to compete with Ford's new engines
4 year(s) ago via
Pedro its about time now bring on the hybrid
4 year(s) ago via
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