No Replacement for Displacement? Ford’s Tough Science Says Untrue!

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2015 F-150 Tough Science

There’s no replacement for displacement. For many truck and car guys, the old saying goes that the more the engine displaces, the more power it’ll make. As Americans, we’ve taken that to an extreme.

The Camaro Z/28 displaces 7.0L! But in order to meet emission requirements and fuel-economy targets, engines need to get smaller. The 2.7L EcoBoost in the F-150 is one of those attempts to make a more powerful engine smaller.

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As part of the new marketing campaign for the 2015 F-150, Ford partnered with John Brenkus of ESPN’s Sport Science to create a series of webisodes called Tough Science. In this episode, Brenkus shows how the new F-150’s 2.7L EcoBoost is more capable than the 5.0L V8 from the 2014 model.

2015 F-150 Tough Science

Of course, any demonstration would be incomplete without lumberjacks, so there are some. The smaller, more nimble guy can cut through the log faster. But the real test is the 5.0L V8 versus the 2.7L EcoBoost V6.

They drive both trucks up a 6% grade for half a mile, towing 7,000 lbs worth of lumber. The 2014 F-150 did it in 50.1 seconds. The 2015 F-150 does it in 44.4 seconds. So there you have, the 2.7L EcoBoost is better than the 5.0…

2015 F-150 Tough Science

Or not? The 5.0L engine was tested in the 2014 version of the truck, meaning it was made entirely out of steel. The steel bodied truck not only had to haul the 7,000 lbs of timber, but also 700 lbs more of body weight.┬áThe timing would’ve been different if it was a same year head-to-head.

I’m a huge fan of the 2.7L EcoBoost in the 2015 F-150. It’s the engine to talk about with the new truck. And honestly, the point of this video isn’t to compare the 5.0L versus the 2.7L, but rather just to show how capable the 2.7L is. To that end, it succeeded.

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

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