2018 F-150 Power

F-150 Power

F-150 power: two words that need little justification for their proximity. Since its inception, the Ford F-150 has been a workhorse. F-150 drivers use their trucks, to haul, tow, and conquer hazardous terrain. That’s probably why been Canada’s best-selling truck for half a century. And whenever Ford announces a new iteration of the F-150, drivers take notice. So, here are the long-awaited F-150 power specs.

The new naturally aspirated 3.3-liter V-6 base engine, paired with six-speed automatic, in the makes 290 hp and 265 lb-ft of torque. That’s 8 hp and 12 lb-ft more than the base V6 you’ll find in the 2017 F-150. That engine’s port injection will also be replaced by dual port and direct injection for increased efficiency.

V8

Above the 3.3 is a 5.0L V8. The V8 delivers 395 hp and 400 lb-ft of torque. Ford achieves those numbers with the help of a spray-on bore liner which replaces the cast-iron sleeves of previous generations. What does that even mean? Well, it doesn’t really matter. All you need to know is that it reduces additional weight. After jumping from steel to aluminum construction, weight-saving tricks like this will seem insignificant. However, Ford’s spirit of relentless innovation is yielding better performance numbers every year. And, keep in mind, the F-150 is already the country’s number one truck by a landslide.

EcoBoost Boost

“Each F-150 […] customer has unique needs, and we can deliver even more of the capability and efficiency they are looking for, thanks to our strategic use of lightweight materials and innovative V6 engines,” says Hau Thai-Tang, a Ford executive. “Our dedication to this kind of innovation helps our […] customers take care of their growing families and businesses, all with fewer stops for fuel along the way.”   

Who would have thought that the idea of “F-150 power” could thrive alongside the “eco” tag. Nevertheless, the EcoBoost has become a very popular engine line for Ford. It represents the synthesis of smart power and fuel savings. And it only seems to be getting more efficient. Of course, the EcoBoost offerings are diverse, so it makes more sense to consider them individually.

The 2.7-litre EcoBoost V-6, which has been carried over, now delivers 325 hp at 5,000 rpm and 400 lb-ft. of torque at 2,750 rpm. The horsepower remains the same, but the 2.7 offers 25 more lb.-ft. of torque. If you’re (understandably) not blown away by the 2.7L EcoBoost, you should consider its older brother. The new 3.5L EcoBoost V6 is the most powerful EcoBoost engine ever with 400 hp and 480 lb.-ft of torque.

Diesel

Disappointingly, Ford didn’t disclose any specifications for their new 3.0L Power Stroke V6 Diesel. This will be the first diesel engine to ever appear in an F-150. All we know for sure is that Ford will pair it with the 10-speed automatic transmission. Given the F-Series’ popularity, and the customer base’s desire for a diesel offering, it should be a slam dunk. This is especially true considering that RAM has been releasing illegal amounts of emissions through the use of test-cheating software – just like Volkswagen. It’s a perfect time for Ford to add a Diesel variant to the F-150 power stable.

Which engine are you most excited to try?