EcoBoost™ Provides Major Motor-vation for Ford Flex and Lincoln MKS

By Ford Social Member

It’s not uncommon to see new cars at Milan Dragway in Milan, Mich,. A brand-new Mustang doesn’t surprise anyone. But roll up to the tech-inspection booth with a 2010 Lincoln MKS and Ford Flex, and the eyebrows go up. You boys lost?

To deliver first-hand experience to a handful of automotive journalists, we recently brought a 2010 Lincoln MKS and Ford Flex – two of the first production models to be equipped with the EcoBoost engine – to the drag strip. The ¼-mile race track has long been known as the American icon of straight-line acceleration…what better place to demonstrate the power of this Ford powerplant?

The 2010 Lincoln MKS is the first Ford Motor Company vehicle available with the premium twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine. By 2013, more than 90 percent of Ford’s North American nameplates will be available with EcoBoost technology. The 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 in the all-wheel-drive 2010 Lincoln MKS produces 355 horsepower at 5,500 rpm and 350 lb.-ft. of torque from 1,500 to 5,250 rpm*, and it can be run on regular fuel. The Lincoln MKS with EcoBoost is rated at 17 mpg city and 25 mpg highway**.

So, you’re probably wondering what happened at the drag strip. Journalists from several publications and web sites were able to pilot the Lincoln MKS down the track, including Car & Driver magazine’s Mike Austin who had the best acceleration time of the evening in the MKS – 13.9 seconds at 111 mph. In addition, the Ford Flex posted 14-second times.

You can view a video from Car and Driver by clicking here , In addition, Jalopnik and Autoblog posted articles from their experience.
christo 09/20/2009
Drove the new SHO and loved it, reminds me of my 2007 LSE even though the Sho is bigger, would absolutely recommend it to anyone who likes to DRIVE!
Lexusfan 09/15/2009
I have the 400h Lexus...average overall around 27. Anything that comfortable, efficient, and holding the value like Lexus? I'd rather switch than fight. Let me know.
Spencer K 09/07/2009
I am a ford fan, young, and don't need a big first car...
I would absolutely love to drive an american focus rs with the new 3.5 ecoboost v6 twin turbo at any fitted with rwd or awd and manual tranny
it would be #1 choice for me and my buddies who prefer cars like the wrx sti and evo
I would be wonderful to see a rally inspired-high performance focus in the US

If that seems like an impossible task, at least bring the european focus rs available in USA
Bill Harris 09/05/2009
All I Can Say Is Home Run
Writingman 09/01/2009
Being Detroit born and raised, for years it has been a real disappointment not to see a local product that can compete with cars like the BMW and Audi. Now, with Eco-boost, great ride, handling and braking. first rate interiors, quietness and all wheel drive my dream of international bragging rights has finally come. Congrats Ford. You've made this 62 yr old carguy quite pleased.
william watts 08/27/2009
Well I bought a Lincoln MKZ ,was disappointed in the mpg, when I first got it, but now that I have over 2,000 mile on it I get more mpg than ford said I would, like 29.4 on the Hwy and around 21.4 around town, but I am a gentle driver, but this 3.5 has got what it takes, really moves up the montains with no problems ,and very comfortable car to drive, again THANK YOU FORD ,

Most Sincerely
bill watts
Brian Carmody 07/11/2009
If you want us to buy fuel efficiency, give us over 50 mpg with competitive acceleration.
dale h joyce 07/10/2009
have a 2007 sporttrac would buy 2010 if they had it with eco boost and the truck steeps.
eddie 07/05/2009
I have read that this motor will be in the F150 in 2010. Is this a fact and if so will it be early 2010? I am looking for a new truck and would be willing to wait for an F150 with the mileage gains this motor would provide.
Andrew 07/02/2009
You should make a Mustang with an Ecoboost V-6, 6 speed transmission with a nice tall 6th gear and a limited slip rear differential. Then it'd really be able to hammer the Camaro, even if the current Mustang is favored by Car and Driver. And it would outperform the current V-8 considerably. Don't know if that is a possibility or not, but it sure seems like it would make an awesome GT model.
Michael McClure 07/02/2009
GREAT job ford keep it up, with what you have accomplished from being the low man on the totem pole to being the only surviving company not owned by the government. I've worked at ford brand dealerships most of my adult life, i can sat now with confidence in the product, I will never buy foreign again, when I do buy it will more than likely be Ford group. The only question I have or concern, however you want to put it, why don't you look further into diesel technologies, Audi, BMW, Volkswagen, and mercades have them. Audi has more than proved their worth in the LeMans series, and on the street. The 09 Jetta from VW gets more mpg than most hybids, and with the technology to queit them down to almost a whisper and with them burning cleaner than previous generations, the mpg alone is cause to think of small number prodution per year. I've read the cost to build a factory would be outrageous, but with the sale of diesel powered vehicles rising it seems it would be worth the risk.
Mark Schirmer 06/30/2009
About the fuel question -- I work at Ford and have spoken to our engine guys in the past -- yes, maximum performance is achieved on the higher octane (actually, I believe it is max horsepower, torque is mostly not effected by octane), but unlike many of the competitors' cars, if a person in a Ford or Lincoln chooses 87 octane, they do no harm to the engine. I believe Lexus requires premuim or the engine performs poorly. With EcoBoost, there is a slight loss of horsepower but no other issues. And the loss of hp is so small, it is all but inperceivable.

Does that answer your question...?
swati jaiswal 06/26/2009
hi there!
i have a comment for ford motors is that u lauch the modest car but if u add the milege and speed to it then it wil be so finest and become the touchest to heart car for indian customer's.
John 06/26/2009
When it says "The 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 in the all-wheel-drive 2010 Lincoln MKS produces 355 horsepower at 5,500 rpm and 350 ft.-lb. of torque from 1,500 to 5,250 rpm, and it can be run on regular fuel", isn't this a misnomer since it can run on regular but Premium is "suggested for performance".