New Ford Supercharger Kit Gives F-150 a Kick

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As we learned when we first got behind the wheel of the 2018 Ford F-150, one of the big changes was the upgraded 5.0-liter V-8 gas engine; it received more power, a new port and a direct injection fuel system.

Although the smallish small-block V-8 will make 395 horsepower (up 10 hp) at 5,750 rpm and 400 pounds-feet of torque (up 13 pounds-feet) at 4,500 rpm for 2018, it still might not have enough "oomph" for some Ford fans. So, Ford Performance teamed up with Roush Performance to come up with a factory supercharger kit. Once installed, the kit is reported to provide as much as 640 hp and 600 pounds-feet of torque to the F-150 engine. It will be available in early 2018 through Ford dealerships and anywhere Roush Performance parts are sold. The kit comes with a warranty when installed by Ford dealerships or Automotive Service Excellence-certified service technicians.

We first saw the kit at the recent 2017 Specialty Equipment Market Association Show in Las Vegas, where Vaughn Gittin Jr. showed off his Ford F-150 RTR Muscle Truck at the outside drifting exhibition area. The pickup was equipped with the new Ford supercharger kit, the upgraded 5.0-liter V-8 and the 10-speed transmission along with a heavy-duty rear axle and long-travel suspension setup.

The F-150 RTR was designed to deal with the extra horsepower and jumping needs necessary to Gittin providing a good show or competing. His muscle truck was one of our favorites in the Ford booth because it was subtle and powerful, and could become a Ford special edition or heavy-duty F-150 trim level for those who need extra towing, hauling or desert-running capability.

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Comments

Whoa! And a warranty to boot!

That Grey F-150 is not a long travel truck, it barely has any room for uptravel... At full bump it would hit the front differential..

Maybe mid-travel at best...

Ford should offer this as a new model!

No doubt the roots blower will liven up a 5.0 but Ford should simply offer a performance version of the 6.2 in the F150, and just for fun offer a Roush (or Shelby?) version of the 6.2 with the supe bolted on at the factory.

what's the cost to purchase and have it installed?

I like the idea alot!!! Having it from factory and warranty is awesome! I am not a Rousch fan though. Almost all of there mustangs claim to produce a ton of power but never live up to that HP in real world performance. Research articles on Rousch. I did like however the little added touches they did to exterior to make the mustangs look more aggressive. A guy down the street has an 08 red convertible that does sound amazing, but even he says doesn't run any faster than new 5.0L now.

This Is the real v8 eco Boost , forget the v6 :-)

@Mikey....$7200 for the parts. Not sure on installation cost. Here's the link: http://www.roushperformance.com/parts/2015-2016-ROUSH-F-150-V8-Supercharger-Phase-1.html

This is what I love about Ford, lots of options! That is a lot of OOMMMMMPH! Although, I won't be able to afford it.

-CT

Whoa!

I wonder if it will fit 14-17 year model 5.0? Would be awesome to get a '15 to work with to be more cost friendly then brand new

@Rowdy D

I'd try to find an older, gently used 5.0.

They've been in F150s since 2011 IIRC. The newer truck will be an expensive test bed for your Roush blower. A clean 2011 with V8 shouldn't be too expensive, especially one of the reg. cab long bed F150 rental returns that were so numerous back then.

Here is Ford's way of offering GM type V8 response and performance without altering their overall cafe ratings.

Ad says it fits 2015 through 2017.

Here is you Ford lighting project build with a '15 reg short cab. I'm not brand loyalty and it sounds fun.

Good deal from Ford, this reminds me of the Tundra TRD supercharger for the 5.7 that came with the factory backed warranty pushing the 5.7 to 504 hp and 550 ftlb.

But based on Roush's website, Toyota made it's peak torque at a lower RPM (550 ftlb @ 4,000 RPM with the super charger than the blown 5.0 will (557 ftlb @ 5,000).
It really looks like they took a mustang 5.0 blower and made it work on the 5.0 F150.

I'm sure a blown 5.0 F150 will be fast, but a tuned 3.5 ecoboost will still be faster for less money.

Very cool but expensive ......although a warranty is nice, just wonder WHAT it covers. Entire drivetrain?

@Shriker

Never forget that the warranty on your truck is going to cover whatever the participating dealer agrees to cover at the time you need it most.

If he refuses to cover a particular repair or part --- especially on some hi-perf engine package --- you're gonna pay hell to make him.

They will surprise you sometimes, but it's all up to them. If they don't want to do it, they won't.

If they think it's in their best interest to do it, they will.

I'm sure a blown 5.0 F150 will be fast, but a tuned 3.5 ecoboost will still be faster for less money.

@Tyler

Says you. Please cite some specifics.

Faster? For how long...?

I'm sure a blown 5.0 F150 will be fast, but a tuned 3.5 ecoboost will still be faster for less money.

Posted by: Tyler | Nov 14, 2017 1:11:44 PM

Maybe, but the immediate response of the Supercharged V8 coupled with that classic V8 sound will be more satisfying.

Warranty to boot with restrictions on tow/load limits.

@papajim

Unless this blown 5.0 is going to run low 12s, then yes a tuned ecoboost is faster... You are more than capable of using google. How long will this 5.0 with the supercharger last? Who knows, it may blow up after 3,000 miles.

@GMSRGREAT

I agree the V8 sound is good, but kinda defeats the purpose of supercharging the 5.0 simply to have a fast truck if an ecoboost with a $700 tune smokes you still...

Eight grand vs seven hundred dollars....

For the record, I personally believe this 5.0 supercharger is basically a Mustang blower pulled off the shelf and made to fit the F150 5.0. The lacking torque is a big indicator that this is more for speed than for truck pulling. Every other truck supercharger kit is tuned to produce more torque than horsepower

I wonder if Ford upgraded the 5.0 Coyote's oil pump with a more reliable part? Maybe they changed it for 2018?

Even Ford Performance won't use the fragile factory oil pump on their crate engines because the powdered metal gears are so brittle. Guys running blowers or turbos on their 5.0 Mustangs usually replace the pump with a billet piece (like Ford Perfomance does) or they don't and break the powdered metal one and end up replacing the engine. Slapping this blower on a Coyote with the junk oil pump are really rolling the dice.

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Wow lot’s of misconceptions here. I am fairly certain like for like trim a TVS F150 would pass the tuned ecoboost version hard by 1/8 mile and probably before.

I have a tuned ecoboost F150 also!

@Tyler

You were doing so well, then you fell into the mentally lazy trick of estimating the unknown (durability of the blown 5.0)

No such data exists yet, but already know that the Ecoboost is a less durable platform. Tuning just adds to the headache.

Why not just drop the 6.2 Ford SOHC into the F150 and let it be?

Good deal from Ford, this reminds me of the Tundra TRD supercharger for the 5.7 that came with the factory backed warranty pushing the 5.7 to 504 hp and 550 ftlb.

But based on Roush's website, Toyota made it's peak torque at a lower RPM (550 ftlb @ 4,000 RPM with the super charger than the blown 5.0 will (557 ftlb @ 5,000).
It really looks like they took a mustang 5.0 blower and made it work on the 5.0 F150.

I'm sure a blown 5.0 F150 will be fast, but a tuned 3.5 ecoboost will still be faster for less money.


Posted by: Tyler | Nov 14, 2017 1:11:44 PM

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Less money, yes.

More displacement with both engines having forced induction will almost always lend to the larger engine outperforming the small engine. Now you also have some performance advantages of the supercharger having no lag. Response of the line will be better.

Weight could be a consideration but were talking 640hp with no tweaks. I doubt many tunes of an ecoboost are going arrive at those numbers.

@papajim You are assuming every ecoboost F150 shits a brick before 60k miles, based on your rants.

I've driven an 5.0 F150, it lacks torque down low to begin with and it honestly feels slow and sluggish. Probably why Ford never sends the 5.0 F150 to any truck shootouts...

The 5.0 feels like Ford pulled a mustang engine off the shelf and mounted it in the F150. For the record, the SOHC 6.2 was a much better TRUCK engine than the 5.0 will ever be.

My point is a modified 3.5 ecoboost can produce much better performance than the 5.0.

Maybe this site can get a supercharged 5.0 F150, 5.3 or 6.2 GM truck, and a supercharged 5.7 Tundra and test them. I would wager that the 5.0 would have the best numbers on paper, yet perform equally or worse than a supercharged 5.7 Tundra.

My point is a modified 3.5 ecoboost can produce much better performance than the 5.0, dollar for dollar*

@ tyler

I have said this about Ford. They put car/suv engines into trucks!!! They have done this for years! The 6.2L is the only real truck based engine and its a great engine but they won't invest anymore money into it!!

We can all agree that the ecoboost engines produce a ton of bottom end HP/TQ, They are also very quick! But to think that an engine that size can last doing "truck duties" compared to a big V8 engine is CRAZY!!!! That's why I hope GM doesn't go this route! Ford should build up there 6.2L and make it a BEAST of a motor kinda like GM's 6.2L ........just my 2 cents!!

@Tyler

Rants?

The argument that a "small engine" putting out big power is a ticking time bomb or somehow doomed to not last as long as the larger engine is rediculous. If the cylinder walls/block material is built stronger, same goes for pistons, rods, crank, bearings etc. then why should it be any more stressed than a larger engine that is built with weaker (yet perfectly suitable for the stresses is sees) materials?

The size vs longevity argument is flawed from the beginning as it assumes there are only one type and design of metals able to be used in these key components. Rational thought rarely comes in to the comments section here, it is mostly ignorant brand bashing, backed up by anecdotes and made up "facts".

@Matt.

thanks for the lecture. In fact, the smaller supercharged engine is prone to failure for a reason you didn't address. Greater "load"

Have a nice day

@papajim

If you're referring to applying forced induction to a motor that wasn't designed for it, then yes it will reduce its normal life expectancy.

My comment was in reference to the posts about the 3.5 EB not being able to last doing "truck duties", which is exactly what it was designed to do.

The size vs longevity argument is flawed from the beginning

@Matt

Your words, Matt.



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