Ford needs EcoBoost to work. The all-American automotive manufacturer can no longer rely on its classic lineup of engines to make it through the future. With the implementation of EcoBoost technology into its current range of cars and trucks, Ford can save big in many ways. The idea is basically downsizing.
EcoBoost refers to Ford’s new lineup to twin turbo, direct injection engines. They will swap displacement for forced induction in an attempt to consume less fuel while providing modern power and efficiency. What this means is that engines in Ford’s lineup will be eventually replaced with smaller, turbocharged equivalents. So a four-cylinder turbo would replace the V6 and a twin-turbo V6 would replace the V8s.
The first engine to show up will be the EcoBoost V6 in the new F-150 pickup truck. To give a simple comparison, let’s look at the numbers. Ford’s old 5.4-liter Triton V8 makes 320-hp and 390ft-lbs of torque while netting 13/18mpg (city/hwy). Ford’s new EcoBoost V6 makes 340-hp and 340ft-lbs of torque while netting 16/23mpg.
It’s obvious that besides the lack of torque (which can easily be fixed given this is a turbo engine), the EcoBoost is better in all fronts compared to the Triton V8. The writing is already on the wall. Truck buyers need power and effeciency. No use putting the biggest and baddest V8 you can find in a truck if it means the owner can’t afford the gas prices.
What is really interesting is the word coming from Detroit that this new EcoBoost V6 would replace the V8 engine in the Ford Mustang GT, though a V8 would be available in more limited editions of the pony car. A twin turbo V6 Mustang? Seems that progress will throw a curve-ball into even the most established of traditions.
Source: Motor Trend