What advantage would a 6.2 have over a 5.0 direct injected turbo?
Bore it to 7.0L and make it put out 700HP?
500HP in a heavy-light truck might be a pipe dream for a few more years, I'd bet we see more gears before breaking 500HP becomes normal. In the SD lineup when they started going past 300HP we went from a 4spd to a 5spd auto, then when the 400HP 6.7 came out we got 6 speeds.
So here's to 8 speeds and 500HP, whatever fuel it burns.
Not saying it's not a good idea, but there would be some education required. The "5.0" moniker has historically been associated w/ mustangs and the truck version, the 302 didn't have a great reputation for pulling power. That said if it generated 500hp and even more torque I could see it going over. The Ecoboost seems to have a good reputation in the 150's so maybe call the superduty version Powerboost or something. I expect royalties when they use that btw! I can see the ad campaign now, picture Mike Rowe or maybe Dennis Leary saying "This aint your daddy's 302." Maybe a video of a new superduty towing a line of 80's and 90's trucks.
I think you will see a direct injection engine soon, but I do not think you'll see an Ecoboost in the Super Duty line.
An Ecoboost engine has adequate power for the vehicle, plus a power adder gives it that extra power when needed. A Super Duty truck would be using that extra power a lot more compared to a daily driver F-150. The engine would wear out faster. Commercial owners would not like the trucks if they had to rebuild or replace the engine every 100k miles.
Direct injection is being used on some GM engines already. Nothing new there.
The 3.5 ecoboost in the f150 has a nice tow rating.
If there does end up being a direct injected turbo 5.0, i think the only reason it wouldn't make it into the super duty is that ford would lose diesel sales, a.k.a. bread n butter.
Does anyone have a link or some other reputable information regarding Ford's diesel sales over the past dozen years, (updated with 2011 info)? I would be interested to see how their diesel sales actually look. Most every fleet manager or business owner that I've talked to think that Ford diesels have 'jumped the shark'...so to speak. Meaning, that diesel engined class 2-5 trucks don't make nearly as much economical sense as they once did.
As far as I know, Ford's "Bread and Butter" is in the commercial segment and I simply don't see that many new diesels on the road compared to days of old. The majority of the new diesels that I see appear to be privately owned vehicles.