F-150 with a Worked 2.7-Liter EcoBoost Makes 540 Horsepower

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2018 F-150 2.7-liter EcoBoost

New turbos, exhaust upgrades and an ethanol blend engine tune more than double the stock F-150 output.

The 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 that is the standard engine option in a handful of Ford F-150 trim levels is an impressive mill. In stock form, it offers 325 horsepower and 400 lb-ft of torque, but this small V6 was designed to be one of the most efficient gasoline engines in the half-ton segment. With EPA figures of 26 miles-per-gallon on the highway and a “combined” figure of 20 miles-per-gallon, no gas-powered, half-ton engine offers such a strong combination of power and efficiency.

When you take into account the fact that the 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 was designed to be a fuel-friendly engine, it would make sense that there is room for improvement in terms of output. According to TFLTruck, a few basic upgrades and a couple of serious upgrades transform this fuel-friendly V6 into a proper twin turbo beast.

Upgrades

This 2018 Ford F-150 has CR Performance Stage 3 turbochargers, an SPD downpipe with high flow catalytic convertors, an SPD mid-pipe, Magnaflow 3-inch cat-back, a larger Mishimoto intercooler and an S&B cold air intake system. The setup is tuned to run on E30 ethanol blend, which features 30% ethanol and 70% gasoline.

The 2.7-liter V6 is mated to Ford’s 10-speed automatic transmission and 3.55 gears, with what appears to be stock wheels and tires.

Tuning the 2.7

The folks from TFLTruck recently did a piece on the work of 5 Star Tuning, a performance shop in South Carolina that specializes in Ford products. The team put a 2018 F-150 with the small EcoBoostV6 on the dyno before and after installing aftermarket turbochargers and the results were impressive, to say the least.

Worked 2.7-Liter EcoBoost F-150 Dyno Sheet

First, the shop tested the output of the F-150 with the stock turbochargers and the 2.7-liter EcoBoost made 310 horsepower and 379 lb-ft of torque at the rear wheels. We believe that these numbers were with a previous performance tune that took into account the exhaust, intake and intercooler upgrades with the stock turbos.

Next, the shop did two pulls with the CR Performance Stage 3 turbos and the numbers went through the roof. On the first run with the new turbos, the F-150 laid down 540.9 horsepower and 550.2 lb-ft of torque at the rear wheels and on the second run, horsepower dipped to 539.6 while torque climbed to 553.1 lb-ft. In other words, this F-150 is making right around 540 horsepower and 550 lb-ft of torque at the rear wheels and by using a conservative estimate of 18% drivetrain loss, this worked 2.7-Liter EcoBoost is making somewhere in the area of 650 horsepower and 670 lb-ft of torque at the flywheel.

So, while the 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 is intended to be a fuel-sipping economy engine, a few common changes and a set of bigger turbochargers can turn the F-150 into a wicked, high performance machine.

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