Question of the Week: Which 2018 F-150 Engine for You?

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We Consider the Power of Each Engine. And for this Week’s Poll, We want to Know which One You Like the Most

The 2018 Ford F-150 gets a new look, a revamped interior, a 10-speed automatic transmission and a revised engine lineup, including the new 3.0L PowerStroke turbocharged diesel. That new oil-burner is joined by a new, naturally aspirated 3.3L V6 base engine and revised versions of the 2.7L EcoBoost V6, the 3.5L EcoBoost V6 and the 5.0L V8.

We don’t have exact power numbers for anything except for the new 3.3L base engine. But, based on comments in the 2018 F-150 debut press release, we can make a guess as to how much power each engine will offer for the new model year.

First, the new 3.3L V6 will have the same 282 horsepower and 253lb-ft of torque, but it should be more fuel efficient than the current 3.5L V6.

The current (2017) Ford F-150 with the 2.7L EcoBoost V6 delivers 325 horsepower and 375lb-ft of torque, and for 2018, a combination of dual port injection and direct cylinder injection will make this new engine more powerful and more efficient. The new 2.7L EcoBoost likely won’t catch up to the 5.L V8 in torque, but with a slight increase. This super-efficient twin turbo V6 could surpass the current V8 in twist.

 

The 5.0L V8 in the current Mustang makes 435HP & 400lb-ft of torque. So, it’s likely Ford would aim for 400/400 with the 5.0L V8.

 

The current 5.0L V8 offers 385 horsepower and 387lb-ft of torque, but for the 2018 F150, the V8 gets “significant upgrades” for more horsepower and torque. Considering that the 5.0L V8 in the current Mustang makes 435 horsepower and 400lb-ft of torque, it seems reasonable that Ford would aim for 400/400 with the 5.0L V8.

Next, the 3.5L EcoBoost in the current F-150 packs 375 horsepower and 470lb-ft of torque, but for the 2018 F-150, it will get stronger in both categories. With the new, high-performance 3.5L EcoBoost engine in the Raptor packing 450hp and 510lb-ft of torque, we could see numbers both of 400 horsepower and up around 500lb-ft of torque.

Finally, the new 3.0L diesel that Ford builds for Land Rover offers 254 horsepower and 440lb-ft of torque. So, it seems likely that the new 3.0L PowerStroke diesel in the 2018 F-150 will offer at least that much power, while also likely being the most fuel-efficient engine in the lineup.

With all of this in mind, we are interested to see which 2018 F-150 engine you would pick based on these initial estimates. Click here to head into the forum to share your thoughts!

Patrick Rall is a regular contributor to LS1Tech and JK Forum, among other auto sites.

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