Ford’s EcoBoost Engines are Not Gutless
The year 2015 is a very odd one for motoring enthusiasts. Horsepower has exploded, with cars like the 707 hp Dodge Charger and Challenger Hellcats on the streets. Ford has made great strides with the EcoBoost line of products, but it appears some of you aren’t convinced on the power they offer. It’s time to put the EcoBoost lineup into perspective.
There are a lot of things I could say about the EcoBoost line of engines. In the past I’ve said they don’t sound like a V8 engine (they don’t). I’ve also said that unless you keep your foot off the throttle, it’s difficult to get the fuel economy that is claimed. But I’ve never claimed the engines to be powerless or gutless.
The 3.5L EcoBoost in the Ford F-150 makes 365 horsepower and 420 lb-ft of torque. That’s more torque than the 5.0L V8 offered in the same truck. It’s also in the Ford Explorer, which, even with it’s unibody construction can still tow 5,000 lbs.
If we look elsewhere in the Ford lineup, a 2.3L EcoBoost is offered in the 2015 Ford Mustang. While I agree I’d prefer a V8 in a Mustang, the 2.3L EcoBoost makes 310 horsepower and 320 lb-ft of torque. The 2010 Mustang, just five years old, had a 4.6L V8 that made 315 horsepower and 325 lb-ft of torque. I can personally guarantee that your butt can’t tell the difference in 5 horsepower and torque.
While of course I want more and more power, it’s really important to keep it all in perspective. What we consider puny horsepower today was a proverbial crap-ton not that long ago. Plus, cars and trucks are more efficient now than they ever have been.
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