Ford 6.2L SOHC V8 F-150 EngineFor 33 years the Ford F-150 has been the best selling truck in America, and with good reason.  Excellent design, attention to detail, and outstanding capability have been the truck's hallmark for years.  The only tarnish on the F-150 for the past few years has been the engine.  All of that is about to change.

Starting with the 2011 Ford F-150 an entirely new lineup of engines has been introduced.  After a hiatus of the past few years a V6 is again available in the F-150 in trim levels up to XLT in Rear Wheel Drive applications.  The 3.7L V6, the same one used in the Mustang and several other cars is available in the F-150 pumping out 300 horsepower and 275 lb.-ft. of torque and will tow up to 6,100 pounds.

Gone is the 4.6L SOHC engine and in its place is the new 5.0L 32-valve, DOHC engine found in the Mustang.  Albeit with specific changes that make it more suitable for trucks.  A slight reduction in compression ratio to 10.5:1 as well as a revised exhaust camshaft help to move peak torque lower.  The engine now generates 360 horsepower and 380 lb.-ft. of torque and is capable of towing up to a class-leading 9,800 pounds.

The new premium engine for F-150 will be the 3.5L ecoboost V6 engine, which has undergone some revisions to make it suitable for truck duty.  Final specs are not available for power and torque output yet, but should be available in about six to eight weeks.

Moving down from the F-250 and Raptor is the 6.2L SOHC V8.  With a best-in-class tow rating of 11,300 pounds this engine will provide competitive fuel economy for the class.  Additionally this engine leads the segment with the most powerful engine available at 411 horsepower and 434 lb.-ft.  This will be the largest engine offered in the F-150 since the 5.8L Windsor departed in 1996.  The 6.2L engine will be available in select series F-150s and standard on to 2011 Harley Davidson edition.

All the F-150s will get Ford's 6R80 six-speed automatic transmission.  For the first time though this transmission is offered with two new features that should appeal to truck owners: Progressive range select and SelectShift.  Progressive range select allows the driver to prevent the transmission from shifting into higher gears when the truck is hauling heavy loads or pulling up hills.  This will reduce the amount of hunting the transmission does under these types of situations.

SelectShift allows the driver the ability to put the transmission into full manual mode.  The driver is then able to select the proper gear by pressing the up or downshift buttons.  This mode will hold the transmission in the selected gear until the driver commands another shift.

Other great news for the F-150 is that fuel economy is projected to increase 20% across the board compared to 2010 and earlier models.  Maintenance intervals have been stretched as well and all the engines are designed to go 10,000 miles between oil changes thanks to deep sump oil pans.  Ford estimates that this will save up to 52% in maintenance costs and reduce vehicle downtime normally associated with service requirements.

The 2011 Ford F-150 pickup lineup is by far one of the most capable lineups to ever come from Ford in the light duty pickup truck segment.  With the increases in fuel economy, power and capability expect to see the 2011 F-150 win some awards in the very near future.

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One Response to “Ford F-150 gets entirely new engine lineup”

  1. Mustang Forum Says:

    Very nice. The new engine looks great

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