Question of the Week: V6 or V8 Power Stroke Diesel in Your ’18 F-150?
Could the Power Stroke diesel V8 from the Super Duty make its way to the F-150?
The Ford F-150 will soon offer an optional V6 diesel engine, which will most likely make for the most fuel-efficient truck in the land. We don’t have many details yet, but we expect the new Power Stroke motor to be similar to the 3.0L V6 diesel found in the current Land Rover lineup.
The new 3.0L Power Stroke in the 2018 pickup will most likely offer greater capabilities and better fuel economy than its main rival — the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel. Ford hopes to take the crown for most fuel-efficient diesel half-ton truck, and this is how they plan on doing it.
Although the upcoming diesel package will rely on a V6, some Ford truck enthusiasts insist on having the powerful 6.7L Power Stroke from the current Super Duty. Why? More power, of course. But, there are a few problems with fitting such a large motor in. First and foremost, it is huge and very heavy. So, provided that the Motor Company could make it fit in the F-150’s engine bay, it would upset the truck’s weight distribution.
That front-heavy construction would lead to decreased capabilities and terrible handling, even with the appropriate engineering tweaks. While an F-150 with the 6.7L Power Stroke would pull hard in a straight line — that’s about all it would do. In addition, it also wouldn’t make the F-150 the most efficient truck due to a massive 900 lb-ft of torque!
The 6.7L motor is also an $8,000 upcharge for the F-250 XL, which means it would also be a hefty upgrade for the F-150. An upgrade most likely not cost effective for most potential buyers. The 3.0L V6 diesel will almost certainly come with an upcharge, but it will be a much smaller price hike. Plus, it will offer better fuel economy and handling.
Realistically, the 6.7L PowerStroke sounds cool, but it just won’t work in a production-ready Ford F-150. That being said, would you ignore all signs of reason and want one anyway?