New 3.5L EcoBoost Makes 470 lb-ft of Torque!

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While horsepower is important, pickup truck drivers care about torque. Torque is how work gets done, and the more torque available the better. For the second-generation 3.5L EcoBoost appearing in the 2017 Ford F-150, that means a staggering 470 lb-ft of it. That makes it better than any other offering from any half-ton truck manufacturer, including GM’s V8 and Ram’s EcoDiesel.

As we’ve reported before, the 2017 F-150 will be getting Ford’s newest 10-speed automatic transmission. It’ll be the first mass-produced 10-speed automatic from any automaker, though we expect it to be available on other vehicles shortly. The original design was even co-developed with General Motors and a variation of it appears in the new Camaro ZL1.

The extra torque is just one feature of the new engine. It’ll have start and stop technology, it’s made from high-strength, lightweight materials, and it’s truly state-of-the-art. We also wouldn’t be surprised if the new engine is more fuel efficient than the current one, even though it’s more powerful.

That’s progress, though. What we really are interested in knowing is the final output figures of the 3.5L EcoBoost in the 2017 Ford Raptor. We assume we’ll be seeing that relatively shortly.

What do you think? Let us know in the comments below or over in our forums!

Chad Kirchner is a regular contributor to Corvette Forum and Ford Truck Enthusiasts, among other auto sites.

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