The premium V8 option for the 2011 Ford F150 is the new 6.2L V8. Originally designed by Ford’s Special Vehicle Team for use in the Ford Raptor R – a high performance off road race truck – the new 6.2L V8 makes a class-leading 411 horsepower and 434 lb-ft of torque. The 6.2L V8 is offered as the entry level engine for the 2011 Ford Super Duty models and for the 2011 F150, it will serve as a premium engine option in special edition models like the SVT Raptor and the 2011 Harley Davidson Edition F150.
The 2011 F150’s 6.2L V8 uses a single overhead camshaft configuration with a roller rocker arm setup mated to a dual equal variable camshaft timing (De-VCT) system. This is similar to the twin independent system found in the new 5.0L V8, but the De-VCT system has the camshaft timing synchronized rather than working independently. The end result is an incredibly powerful, race proven engine with fuel economy capabilities similar to those in the class (actual fuel economy numbers will be released closer to the full dealership debut of these trucks).
The new 6.2L V8 was originally designed to be a race engine and many of those heavy duty components have made the conversion from race engine to street engine. The 2011 F150’s equipped with the 6.2L V8 will feature a dual plug setup, with two spark plugs firing over each piston for optimal combustion and dual knock sensors keep those 16 spark plugs firing in perfect timing. A composite intake manifold has been designed specifically for truck use, helping to reduce the weight of the engine while working to optimize air flow and performance.
One of the key features of this new 6.2L V8 for the 2011 F150 is the larger cylinder bore and shorter stroke of the pistons – which comes directly from the racing world. Engines get their internal volume (in this case, 6.2 liters) from the combination of the diameter (known as bore) and depth (known as stroke) of the cylinder. Many newer, higher revving engines use a long stroke and smaller bore but to ensure the most durability, the SVT-designed 6.2L V8 uses the short stroke and long bore – helping the 2011 F150 to offer a best in class towing capacity of 11,300 pounds. This engine also allows the 2011 Ford Raptor F150 to function as a daily driver while being able to step off road and be just as comfortable at any speed.