Ford F-150 Hybrid Could Pack Over 600 lb-ft of Torque
Lincoln Aviator hybrid drivetrain could make for the most powerful production F-150 ever.
We know that a Ford F-150 hybrid is going to reach dealerships sooner or later and when it does, it could rely on the new 3.0-liter V6 hybrid drivetrain from the Lincoln Aviator. The 2020 Aviator Grand Touring will deliver at least 450 horsepower and 600 lb-ft of torque, likely making it one quick sports utility vehicle and the folks at The Fast Lane Truck have pondered the possibilities of that same enginee in a future F-150.
If that same drivetrain was installed in the F-150, it would also make for a quick half-ton truck, with those power numbers making it the most powerful production truck to date while also possibly being one of the most fuel-friendly.
The New Lincoln Hybrid
The 2020 Lincoln Aviator is powered by a 3.0-liter twin turbocharged V6 that will offer 400 horsepower and 400 lb-ft of torque, but it will also be paired with a hybrid assist system. While official figures could vary, Lincoln engineers expect that the 3.0-liter hybrid package will deliver at least 450 horsepower and 600 lb-ft of torque, meaning that the hybrid assist system ads 50 horsepower and 200 lb-ft of torque on top of the peak figures and that is mighty impressive.
What makes this most intriguing is that in most cases, hybrid assist system power numbers are not added onto the peak figures because those hybrid systems operate at the lowest points in the powerband. In other words, a traditional hybrid system provides the electric torque when accelerating from a stop or when suddenly accelerating at a point when the engine is low in engine speed range.
In other words, if the average hybrid has 200 horsepower and 200 lb-ft of torque from the gasoline engine and the electric assist system provides 50 horsepower and 200 lb-ft of torque, the electric system provides that torque when the output of the gasoline engine is at its lowest. When the gasoline engine gets up to peak output, the electric assist system is no longer effective.
On the other hand, if the Lincoln Aviator’s electric power output of 50 horsepower and 200 lb-ft of torque is indeed applied at peak output from the gasoline engine, figures of 450 horsepower and 600 lb-ft of torque will make this hybrid SUV a beast.
Big Power Pickup
If the hybrid drivetrain from the Lincoln Aviator Grand Touring does indeed offer 450 horsepower and 600 lb-ft of torque at peak output, that engine in the same form would make for the most powerful production F-150 ever. Right now, that title is held by the Raptor, which delivers 450 horsepower and 510 lb-ft of torque, but the Aviator hybrid drive offers 90 more lb-ft of torque.
Titles aside, this new 3.0-liter, twin turbocharged V6 with the Lincoln hybrid system will make for one powerful, fuel-friendly half-ton truck and while we don’t know for sure that this will be the power plant for the hybrid F-150, this Lincoln drivetrain shows the performance potential of Ford’s hybrid program.