Ford Releases Power Numbers for 2018 F-150

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By Aaron Bragman

Would you believe that nearly 75 percent of all Ford F-150s sold are V-6 models? Just a few years ago, Ford didn't even offer a V-6 in the lineup, but today the vast majority of them are running on six cylinders. Of course, that sales number may be due to the fact that 80 percent of the engines available in the F-150 are V-6s — and that hasn't change for 2018.

Ford just released horsepower and torque specs for the pickup truck due this fall; we're expecting to get some seat time in it before the summer is out. But until we take a spin in one, here are the numbers you've been wanting to see:

  • The all-new base naturally aspirated 3.3-liter V-6 engine pumps out 290 hp and 265 pounds-feet of torque, an improvement of 8 hp and 12 pounds-feet from the 3.5-liter V-6 it replaces. It will have a six-speed automatic transmission. 
  • The smaller twin-turbo 2.7-liter V-6 EcoBoost, meant to take the place of a small V-8, makes 325 hp (same as before) and 400 pounds-feet of torque (up 25). It will get the 10-speed transmission.
  • The 5.0-liter V-8 Coyote, now with dual-port and direct-injection technology, and a spray-on cylinder bore liner just like the Mustang GT350, makes 395 hp (up 10) and 400 pounds-feet of torque (up 13). It will get the 10-speed.
  • The bigger 3.5-liter V-6 EcoBoost is not the most powerful; it makes 375 hp and 470 pounds-feet of torque, just like it did for 2017. It will get the 10-speed.
  • The Raptor's 3.5-liter V-6 high-output EcoBoost makes 450 hp and a whopping 510 pounds-feet of torque, also unchanged from 2017. It will get the 10-speed. 

There's one engine for which Ford did not release specs, likely because it's not yet anywhere near production time for it: the all-new turbo-diesel 3.0-liter V-6 Power Stroke. That engine isn't coming until spring 2018, nearly a year from now.

Stay tuned to see what it's like to drive these beasts, when we get behind the wheel in just a few weeks' time. This is an F-150 King Ranch SuperCrew 4x4. 

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Comments

Out of the entire F150 lineup the ONE engine that really needs a 10 spd auto is the 3.3

If you check the 3.3 box the only trans you can get from Ford is the 6 speed.

Go figure!

Out of the entire F150 lineup the ONE engine that really needs a 10 spd auto is the 3.3

If you check the 3.3 box the only trans you can get from Ford is the 6 speed.

Go figure!

Scattershot lineup.
The 3.3 isn't enough, and has the legacy transmission.
The 2.7 could/should be a 3 liter engine. And why bother when this weighs just as much as the 3.5 twin-turbo?
The diesel will be slow & get good mileage, and might pay for itself before the first decade of ownership.
The V8, apparently didn't increase its bore, because 400hp should be the price of admission.

What is it with these ugly front ends? This looks un-proportional compared to the super duty. You basically get a full wall of chrome and headlights...

5.0 coyote at 400 ft lbs @ 2750 rpm. I'd argue this is the best mass produced V8 Ford ever made. 395 HP to boot!

Even better the Coyote makes max torque 900 rpm sooner than it's closest competitor the Tundra 5.7. Who really designed the Coyote? It's so in-Ford like.

All very predictable. I hope Ford pickup sales lead the pack on the way down. They deserve it with that lineup.

Meant UN- Ford like....

"Out of the entire F150 lineup the ONE engine that really needs a 10 spd auto is the 3.3

If you check the 3.3 box the only trans you can get from Ford is the 6 speed.

Go figure!


Posted by: papajim"

I find this remark interesting because about a year ago there was a discussion as to whether or not anyone needed more than 6 gears and it seems to me that most people said no, 6 is all we need and more just add cost and complexity. Now that 10 speeds are available anything less seems to be deficient.

I agree with papajim, the 10 speed should be available along with the full range of rear axle ratios if they are not already. Considering that my 1991 F250 with the 7.5 liter engine only had 230hp and was the most powerful truck available that year the 290 hp from this engine should be able to do a lot and give could fuel economy while doing it if it has the right gears available.

The V8, apparently didn't increase its bore, because 400hp should be the price of admission. Posted by: George_C | Jun 16, 2017

@George

totally agree. The Coyote was probably conceived originally to be a motor for sports cars and auto racing. The bore/stroke ratio on this engine can easily take a bump in the direction of a larger bore without many other changes (heads/pistons?). If the Coyote displaced 330 cubic inches it would be a beast.

The V8, apparently didn't increase its bore, because 400hp should be the price of admission. Posted by: George_C | Jun 16, 2017

@George

totally agree. The Coyote was probably conceived originally to be a motor for sports cars and auto racing. The bore/stroke ratio on this engine can easily take a bump in the direction of a larger bore without many other changes (heads/pistons?). If the Coyote displaced 330 cubic inches it would be a beast.

Wrong. The Coyote did get a bump in bore. They removed the cylinder liners and went plasma coated like the Trinity 5.8. That means, to keep the 5.0 displacement, they must have shortened the stroke.

Wrong. The Coyote did get a bump in bore. They removed the cylinder liners and went plasma coated like the Trinity 5.8. That means, to keep the 5.0 displacement, they must have shortened the stroke.

@Grnzel1 The 5.0 makes max torque at 3,850 rpm............lol

Coyote is still the way to go. Curious to see what the next gen GM fullsizers will offer up

Jim,
My mistake. Still achieves max torque lower in the rpm range then everyone but Toyota. The 5.0 punches above it's weight - for now

Wow, there is a lot of warranty work for Ford technicians in that engine line-up. Sadly, there are so many Ford engines that fail just beyond the warranty period leaving customers with high repair bills. Shameful!

That means, to keep the 5.0 displacement, they must have shortened the stroke. Posted by: Toycrusher

@toycrusher

shorter stroke? That means it's even less of a "truck engine"

@Jeff S,

Remember when papajim got in your face and poo-pooed more gears and said a 4 speed was all that we needed? Now he wants more gears in all of the engines. Ford cannot win with this guy.

@Walt
Yes, there were many who said more than 6 gears are not needed. Many too say they don't care for something shorter because they don't garage them. Maybe because a crew cab with 6.5' bed can't be garaged. 80% take rate on the V6's: If Ford is the leader, then they'll be the first to drop the V8 in the F150. Then perhaps with the combo of a shorter engine bay and more cab forward, they'll just scrap the whole Ranger release. Not like the midsize category is generating a ton of sales. Ford is good about pre-announcing things way far in advance, and who says a corporation can't re-strategize at any time. Why defocus on their #1 seller. I kind of don't like the idea of not having a small pickup or V8's, but shorter engine bay more cab forward designs is just a sign of progress.

@papajim
I think you said something about "who says can't have more than one truck". I say why bother having more than one truck if a modern well designed truck can do what used to take 2 trucks.

oh I don't know about that... my car engine has no problem towing my travel trailer. But I'd argue an engine is only part of the power train, and all components have to be evaluated together. The multispeed transmissions care less about what's bolted to the torque converter.

Gorgeous truck. Impressive numbers.

Out of the entire F150 lineup the ONE engine that really needs a 10 spd auto is the 3.3
If you check the 3.3 box the only trans you can get from Ford is the 6 speed.
Go figure!

Posted by: papajim | Jun 16, 2017 7:16:47 AM

@papa jimbo; read before you post - your mute point was already mentioned in the article/1st point. I'm certain Ford did their homework the gain from using a 10 speed VS the target selling price they need for the basic F-150 model was certainly the reason why they went this route. There is always a market for folks who don't need more than 300 HP/Tq & this will suit them fine. I recall my '99 step side F-150 (built in Kansas), the V6 it had then was already a beast & blew away similar offerings from RAM & shaky GOVT motor's at the time & could still tow my 21 foot boat with ease. Sold it 5 yrs ago with 180 000 miles & was still running perfect with all original engine parts except brakes, spark plugs, radiator & bulbs - the A/C was still original untouched...just simply amazing how well these 1-150's were built.

Ford F-series, offering the most choices of leading innovative power plants with the most options - no wonder why they've being the No.1 selling truck brand in America for 41 yrs & No.1 selling vehicle in America for over 35 years & counting.

My 2 cents....

Just more Ford junk. Looks great on paper but doesn't perform in the real world as testing has show and proven.

Just more Ford junk. Looks great on paper but doesn't perform in the real world as testing has show and proven.

Wow...the F-150 roomy rear seats with flat floor is amazing (last pic); I wonder when the others will catch up...

The load flat floor is one of my favorites features. Ford brought it out in 2009 (2008 calendar year.) I really am surprised nobody has copied it yet. GM is rumored to be copying the flat floor next year along with the manstep and more aluminum. Also, papajim sounds brainwashed. Whatever Ford does is wrong in his mind all because a dealer gave him bad service on his Ranger. Too sad.

The load flat floor is one of my favorites features. Ford brought it out in 2009 (2008 calendar year.) I really am surprised nobody has copied it yet. GM is rumored to be copying the flat floor next year along with the manstep and more aluminum. Also, papajim sounds brainwashed. Whatever Ford does is wrong in his mind all because a dealer gave him bad service on his Ranger. Too sad.

The load flat floor is one of my favorites features. Ford brought it out in 2009 (2008 calendar year.) I really am surprised nobody has copied it yet. GM is rumored to be copying the flat floor next year along with the manstep and more aluminum. Also, papajim sounds brainwashed. Whatever Ford does is wrong in his mind all because a dealer gave him bad service on his Ranger. Too sad.

An all 10 speed lineup would be nice, bu the 3.3 is probably the engine that does NOT need the 10 speed. The 3.3 will be for fleet vehicles who don't care about 10 speeds, or are owned by old men that don't actually need a truck for anything but can't convince themselves of that.

Correct, guys.

An all 10 speed lineup would be nice, bu the 3.3 is probably the engine that does NOT need the 10 speed. The 3.3 will be for fleet vehicles who don't care about 10 speeds, or are owned by old men that don't actually need a truck for anything but can't convince themselves of that.

Posted by: Jeff S. | Jun 16, 2017 3:58:45 PM

I agree with Jeff.

What a bad @$$ truck better than the twins from GOVT MOTORS HAHAH. LOOKS LIKE GOVT MOTORS IS IN BIG TROUBLE.

What a bad @$$ truck better than the twins from GOVT MOTORS HAHAH. LOOKS LIKE GOVT MOTORS IS IN BIG TROUBLE.

GOVT MOTORS DUCKS JUST LIKE FIAT TRUCKS. GO FORD!!! YOUR THE BEST LIKE ALWAYS.

SUCKS

Sorry about my spelling but I got a little bit excited about the truck on the on the top of the page lol.

The Coyote 5.0 isn't 5,000 cc. It is 4,951 cc. It could increase the bore slightly and still be called a 5.0.

I recall my '99 step side F-150 (built in Kansas), the V6 it had then was already a beast & blew away similar offerings from RAM & shaky GOVT motor's

@Lionel

Your two cents? Don't take any wooden nickels, Lionel.

First of all you're wrong about where they build the truck.

Ford Motor Company's Kansas City Assembly plant for those F150s is in Claycomo, Missouri. Not Kansas.

Second, your "beast" V6 is the dreadful "Essex" six cylinder engine. Most of them were awful. Head gasket issues, cracked blocks. Big problems with EGR and driveability. The take rate on Essex V6s was so bad they started giving away V8s (2010) until the 3.7 was available in the F150 (2011)

It was a mediocre engine at best. Same with the Cologne V6.

for those of you who did NOT take physics in high school, giving the 3.3 a 10 spd trans---esp. in a truck that weighs almost five thousand pounds---would vastly improve the performance of a pickup with such a small engine.

5.0 coyote at 400 ft lbs @ 2750 rpm. I'd argue this is the best mass produced V8 Ford ever made. 395 HP to boot!
Posted by: Grnzel1 | Jun 16, 2017 8:53:52 AM

Did they fix the issue with oil pump gears exploding or cylinder bores distorting? They didn't mention anything. I wonder if they figured out why so many 5.0's develop the famous Coyote Knock? It's awful, even worse than the old LS piston slap.

Hard to say it's the best Ford V8 ever with these issues. I'd take an old Ford pushrod V8 over these OHC junkers. They didn't need 4 cams and 32 valves to make power.


5.0 coyote at 400 ft lbs @ 2750 rpm. I'd argue this is the best mass produced V8 Ford ever made. 395 HP to boot!
Posted by: Grnzel1 | Jun 16, 2017 8:53:52 AM

Did they fix the issue with oil pump gears exploding or cylinder bores distorting? They didn't mention anything. I wonder if they figured out why so many 5.0's develop the famous Coyote Knock? It's awful, even worse than the old LS piston slap.

Hard to say it's the best Ford V8 ever with these issues. I'd take an old Ford pushrod V8 over these OHC junkers. They didn't need 4 cams and 32 valves to make power.


Franks Brother,
Can't speak for all 5.0 engines. My 2013 with 92000 has been flawless and that's pulling a travel trailer in the summer. I think gen 1 5.0s had the problems you speak of.

Franks Brother,
Can't speak for all 5.0 engines. My 2013 with 92000 has been flawless and that's pulling a travel trailer in the summer. I think gen 1 5.0s had the problems you speak of.

20 years later the base v6 only puts out the same amount of torque as the base 300 I 6, and probably at 2000 more rpm

20 years later the base v6 only puts out the same amount of torque as the base 300 I 6, and probably at 2000 more rpm

You know its sad when a Ford clown has to keep using my name to try get their point across. That's when you really know Fords are junk, have use a GM guy's name to defend your junk Fords. I'll just keep reporting you and what you say under my name till your ban or gone. So but all means keep using my name it'll just get you ban that much sooner.

You know its sad when a Ford clown has to keep using my name to try get their point across. That's when you really know Fords are junk, have use a GM guy's name to defend your junk Fords. I'll just keep reporting you and what you say under my name till your ban or gone. So but all means keep using my name it'll just get you ban that much sooner.

5.0 coyote at 400 ft lbs @ 2750 rpm. I'd argue this is the best mass produced V8 Ford ever made. 395 HP to boot!
Posted by: Grnzel1 | Jun 16, 2017

@Grnzel1

I'd take your bet for "best ever made". At least for the next 25 or 30 years. I would suggest that the Ford Windsor V8 deserves more respect than that. Not to mention that the Windsor engine came along at a time when the government was constantly hasseling Ford (and the others) about emissions and FE.

With today's electronics, VVT and fuel options, the Windsor would still be a highly respectable alternative to the 32 valve DOHC Coyote engine, which probably costs twice what the Windsor did to make.

Imagine an all aluminum 302 Windsor with the modern anti knock and VVT! Over 380 hp is not out of the question.

Not that its a big deal...but go to the ford website and look up the 2018 f-150 engines and the updated 5.0 v8 is 385hp not 395 and it says the tq is 397 not 400...which is correct?...still a great updated engine!!!

When I get out of high school, I hope I can afford a Ford F-150.



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