We're Driving Ford's 2011 F-150 Engine Lineup and You Can, Too

We're Driving Ford's 2011 F-150 Engine Lineup Next Week and You Can Too

Want to beat us reporting firsthand driving impressions of Ford's all-new engine lineup for the 2011 F-150? You can if you're in Dallas this weekend.

We're headed to Texas on Monday to try out the F-150's entry-level 3.7-liter V-6, high-volume 5.0-liter V-8, large-displacement 6.2-liter V-8 and twin-turbo 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6, but our review is embargoed until Monday, Sept. 27.  However, if you attend the Built Ford Tough Roundup on Saturday at Texas Motor Speedway, you can report back with your reviews of each powertrain here on Saturday.

The Built Ford Tough Roundup is a comprehensive drive program for consumers, fleet customers and dealership sales staff. It will travel to six cities throughout the country between now and November.

Sept. 25 -- Texas Motor Speedway -- Dallas
Oct. 2 -- Sam Houston Race Park -- Houston
Oct. 23 -- Ripken Stadium -- Aberdeen, Md.
Oct. 30 -- Six Flags Over Georgia -- Atlanta
Nov. 6 -- SeaWorld -- Orlando, Fla.
Nov. 13 -- Auto Club Speedway -- Los Angeles

Ford wants more than 20,000 people to try out the F-150 powertrain lineup, especially the 3.5 EcoBoost V-6.

"We know that once people get into the 2011 F-150 and experience the four new engines that they’re really going to be sold on them. Some of our dealers had a chance to drive it, and one constant feedback was 'Wow!' " said Mark Grueber, F-150 marketing manager. "Customers tell us they’re really impressed with the specs of the new engines — including best-in-class horsepower, torque, trailer tow and fuel economy — but they want to get behind the wheel and compare it with the competition."

For more information or to reserve a spot behind the wheel, check out the Ford F-150 Roundup website.

And if you want to join us for some BBQ in Dallas on Tuesday, we still have a few seats left. We'll have a static display of the 2011 Ford F-150 3.5-liter EcoBoost on hand at dinner.

[Source: Ford]


Make sure you guys find out the HP/TQ ratings of all 3 engines on reg fuel.

I signed up to drive the 2011s when they come to Houston on Oct. 2nd. I can't wait to drive the EcoBoost and the 6.2L!!

Mike, I am glad you are heading out to Texas. Here is a small request. If you remember while you are out there, could you write some notes on what the EB engine sounds like in the F150 vs. a typical V8 sound?

Have a great trip!

It would be nice to know what the fuel economy looks like for the new 3.7, 3.5 and 5.0.

The 3.5-liter EcoBoost truck engine delivers 365 horsepower at 5,000 rpm and best-in-class 420 lb.-ft. of torque at 2,500 rpm, with up to 90 percent of the peak torque available from 1,700 rpm to 5,000 rpm – all on regular fuel

@ Power Kid

Where did you dig that up at? What does it make on premium fuel?

Also, it isn't possible to make 420lb-ft from 1700-5000rpm if peak torque is 420lb-ft and peak power is 365hp. If you're making 420lboft at 5000rpm, you're making about 400hp.

Scratch that last post, I didn't notice the "up to 90%" part. Fail on my end.

3.7-liter four-valve Ti-VCT V6

* Best-in-class 302 horsepower at 6,500 rpm vs. V6 competitors
* Unsurpassed 278 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,000 rpm vs. V6 competitors
* Projected best-in-class fuel economy
* Best-in-class 6,100 pounds maximum trailer tow vs. V6 competitors

5.0-liter four-valve dual-overhead-camshaft Ti-VCT V8

* Best-in-class 360 horsepower at 5,500 rpm vs. standard V8 competitors
* Best-in-class 380 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,250 rpm vs. standard V8 competitors
* Best-in-class 10,000 pounds maximum trailer tow vs. standard V8 competitors

6.2-liter two-valve single-overhead-camshaft V8

* Best-in-class 411 horsepower at 5,500 rpm vs. all competitors
* Best-in-class 434 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,500 rpm vs. all competitors
* Best-in-class 11,300 pounds maximum trailer tow vs. all competitors

3.5-liter Ti-VCT EcoBoost

* 365 horsepower at 5,000 rpm on regular fuel
* Best-in-class 420 lb.-ft. of torque at 2,500 rpm vs. premium V8 competitors
* Up to 90 percent of peak torque available from 1,700 rpm to 5,000 rpm
* Best-in-class 11,300 pounds maximum trailer tow vs. all competitors
* Best-in-class 3,060 pounds payload vs. all competitors

Hey Mike, you're one lucky bugger to have the job you have.... :)

Good thing for Ford is they will not need much in the way of incentives to move those motors. Bad for me though, however I'm excited Ford has decided selling 'engineering" is preferable to selling "incentives". Their future looks bright. No doubt GM/Ram/Toyota will improve also, win-win for all.

Really would like an XLT with a 5.0...whewwww.

Why are people saying the 420 torque on the 3.5 EB is Best in Class when Ford's 6.2L V8 has 434 Torque which is clearly the Best in Class.

Or am I completely missing something.

Seems like they're damning the Ecoboost with faint praise. Up to 90% of peak torque from 1700 to 5000? What percentage is that? 31%? 58%? And since peak torque comes in at 2500, shouldn't we be able to say the engine develops up to 100% of peak torque from 1700 to 5000?

Here's hoping the correct advertisement is "developing at least 90% of peak torque from 1700 to 5000 rpm." (Allen - how does that work from a peak horsepower perspective?)


3.5L: Best in class torque when compared to other manufacturers half-tons (i.e. Everything other than Ford).

6.2L: Best in class torque overall, not just against competitors, but against Fords complete lineup as well.

I think the 6.2ls 434 is on premium, not sure on reg. I recall reading hp dropped from 417 to just over 400 on reg.

Interesting.....420ft-lbs at 2500rpms means that the engine is making about 200hp @ 2500rpms. This is more than GM's 6.2L truck engine at the same RPM.

No wonder this engine is rated to tow so much, it's HP and TQ down low rivals that of most large V8's.

Sorry meant to say 411 on prem.

I checked, F150 6.2L has @ 401 hp on reg fuel.

Peak Tq could be close on reg fuel?

Dyno charts will be very interesting.

Hey Mike Levine, Question?? Why is the 5.0 only 360 Hp? I thought its was suppose to be 400 Hp.. That what I been hearin n Readin in the Truck Trend..Also is it True that the 6.2 will come in within 2 yrs for the 4 valves? Thanks and keep up with work..

@ English Major

The 3.5L EB makes 365hp at 5000rpm, which roughly translates to 383lb-ft, which is comfortably more than 90% of 420. I think "at least 90%" is the more likely scenario and "up to 90%" was just misworded.

To me, the 5.0 is astounding in that it is making that much torque and power. Its power and torque per liter are higher than any other normally aspirated truck engine on the market. At 5.7 liters, it would make 410 HP and 433 ft-lbs.

I just hope that it isn't a peaky powerband. The Eco boost looks pretty darn amazing too, hopefully the longevity is there. Great job Ford!

Don't make me regret buying a 2010. LOL
I got too good a deal to regret it.
By the time I'm ready for my next truck the next generation of trucks from all the manufacturer's will be on the market and will be tested and proven. Ford's engines will have 6 or more years of development.
Thats my plan/theory anyway.
I'd love to test drive them.

What a great new line-up. I'm sure there will be a big crowd on Sept. 25 at the Speedway.

Maybe there should be another half ton shootout haha ford wins hands down, every category, any engine haha

if y was gm ,y bring the 4,5 diesel....smart move....and live ford whit is v6...life time is better in the diesel...more torque..

Miath, Ford has already developed the 4.4 diesel, so GM would not be one upping them. Besides, as someone already cleverly said, next year they may not be know as Government Motors, but General Tsos Motors, that is if the Chicoms buy heavily in the IPO.

I still much rather have the 5.0 V8!

I am glad they have gotten the V6 programs going, but if GM or Chrysler offers more horsepower in V8 and close to the same in fuel milieage, and lower cost the V8 will win the day!

I dont look for great fuel mileage on the V6 especialy the ECO BOOST, remember it only gets 24 to 25 miles per gallon on the new Taurus!

Ford should offer the 6.2 across the board in all models, not just a selected few!

I think a ECO BOOST 6.2 would be the homerun Ford needs!

Premium engines will go into premium trucks. This is not GM where preimum engines go into crappy base model trucks

I would love to hear any test drive reviews, I 99% sure I want the 5.0L but still curious about the ecoboost. I think it's safe to say that all the engines are solid choices.

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