Second-Gen 3.5-Liter EcoBoost, 10-Speed Automatic Give 2017 F-150 Best-in-Class Torque
One has to admire Ford’s determination to constantly improve the quality of its best-selling F-150 despite the possible inclination to rest on its laurels and coast along. With a number of upgrades and improvements already notched for the 2017 model year, the Blue Oval announced this month that its F-150 equipped with the all-new 3.5-liter EcoBoost and 10-speed automatic transmission will generate the best torque in its segment and even more horsepower.
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The second-gen 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 has been rated at 375 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque, a full 10 horsepower and 50 lb-ft of torque better than the outgoing 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine. That torque figure enables Ford to lay claim to having the best torque for any vehicle in the segment, whether it be diesel- or petrol-powered. The 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6’s 470 lb-ft of torque, not for nothing, is also more than the torque generated by any V8 engine powering any half-ton pickup today.
“The 2017 Ford F-150 now delivers the best torque in the segment,” says Raj Nair, Ford executive vice president, Product Development, and chief technical officer. “This class-leading torque arrives with a transformative 10-speed automatic that improves nearly every aspect of F-150 performance.”
Adding to this impressive fact is the improved performance and acceleration that will come along with the F-150’s new 10-speed automatic transmission. This combination will also be a winner in terms of fuel efficiency thanks to the standardization of Auto Start-Stop for all F-150s with an EcoBoost engine.
The most current iteration of America’s most beloved truck hits the market this fall.
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- Graham EubankContributor
Graham Eubank is the President of Palmetto Ford. He started with the company in 1990 after graduating from Clemson University. Palmetto Ford is a Ford dealer serving Charleston and carries an extensive line of new cars, including the Ford Explorer, F150, Mustang, Focus and much more.