Sources: Ford SVT Raptor R to be Powered by EcoBoost V-6

Sources: Ford SVT Raptor R to be Powered by EcoBoost V-6

To prove how durable, tough and powerful the all-new 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 can be in a half-ton truck, Ford plans to torture it later this year in a Raptor R off-road race truck, according to our sources.

Recently, our spies took photos of an EcoBoost-equipped 2011 Ford F-150 FX4 half-ton pickup racking up test miles in the desert, but that’s child’s play compared with the grueling conditions the engine will face powering the Raptor R.

The Raptor R is a competition-modified version of the 2010 F-150 SVT Raptor. It has raced in the legendary Baja 1000 (finishing third in its class) and portions of the 2009 “Best In The Desert” series. But that was with a modified version of the all-new naturally aspirated 6.2-liter V-8 with taller-profile race-tuned cams that produced roughly 500 peak horsepower -- about 100 hp more than the production Raptor.

How much power might the direct-injection, turbocharged EcoBoost Raptor R 3.5 produce? We wouldn’t be surprised if its horsepower and torque ratings come close to the Raptor R 6.2, if not top it. This is Ford SVT we’re talking about, after all.

We expect to see the Raptor R 3.5 compete in this year’s BITD, and there might be another run in the Baja 1000 this November.

Like the 6.2-liter V-8, we expect Ford will market the 3.5-liter V-6 as a premium engine for the 2011 F-150 lineup, with power ratings of about 400 hp and 400 pounds-feet of torque when it’s available late this year.


As far as I'm concerned the only real valid proof will come is when the F150 EB will come. There is more than just weight and aerodynamics of the body that plays a part in efficiency. Otherwise my friend's Dodge Dakota 5.9 would do better than 12 mpg. Unless you're telling me a Dakota is heavier than a Ram? An interesting observation I have made is when the vehicles are equal, the GM 4.8 and 5.3 get about the same Econ, despite the size difference. But go up to the 6.0 and 6.2, and it goes a lot worse. In some cases, what you say is true. But not in all cases. If the EB v6 uses the same as a GM 5.3, that's still really good because of the much increased performance.

Jordan -

You can't even remember who you are arguing with but I am a liar. Funny you don't dispute my last post about your links being invaild comparisons. BTW I have no idea what you are saying I agreed then disagreed with you on in the hybrid thread. I honestly don't remember contradicting myself. I will look and see.

I did see what you meant. Perhaps you missed the :) after what I wrote. It was a smiley face? Meaning I was being sarcastic.

So new '11 Exploder is out... Let me get this straight:

2011 Explorer
6 cyl max tow rating of 5,000lbs
4 cyl EB max tow rating of 2,000lbs

Yet on 2011 F150 EB is going to be the powerhouse (at least on trim levels where 6.2L is unobtainable) and be leader in towing AND mpg.

Seems like a disconnect here. I mean I uderstand that on the Explorer the EB produces less power than on the other larger option whereas on the F150 the EB is rumored to produce more than the larger V8... but shouldn't the 4 cyl EB be able to tow more than 2,000 lbs?

They're going to take its next larger kin the V6 EB and put it in a vehicle weighing almost 2,000 lbs more and then give it a ? 11,000lb tow rating?

Where is the DEISEL?

Don't believe the ecoboost hype...I have a 2010 MKS with that engine...I average 16 mpg with mixed city/highway driving. It replaced a 382hp Mercedes E550 (5.5L V8) that got over 19 mpg driving the exact same route, daily. Give me my 5.5L back ANY day...smoother, faster, better sounding AND better mileage!

@ smtrthnu, who drives 30000 miles in a desert pulling 13000 pounds of armour. and honestly it probably can. And im not the biggest fan of thechnology, but this "techy crap" works.

@Jordan. the engine is no longer hypothetical and its legit. According to the tests, it beat out a v8 ram.

This would be a nice alternative for people that do not want a monster V8. It would allow the S.V.T. Raptor to reach more customers.

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