The same direct and port injection technology enjoyed by the 2017 Ford GT and Raptor trickles down to all 3.5L V6 Ecoboost engines for Ford’s F-150.
When the 2017 Ford GT and Ford F-150 SVT Raptor was introduced last year at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show, this also heralded a new generation of Ford’s most popular Ecoboost, the 3.5L V6. According to Ford’s official press release earlier today, Ford is investing over $145 Million in preparation to produce this next generation Ecoboost engine specifically for the F-150. In addition, it was confirmed by Ford Motor Company’s Truck Communication’s manager that this 2nd Generation 3.5L Ecoboost would include Direct and Port Injection.
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As of last year, the High Output GT and Raptor engines were the first and only Ecoboost engines utilizing a combination of port and direct fuel injection (similar to how the Scion FR-S and BRZ handled fuel injection.)
A common disadvantage of having Direct Injection only is the presence of carbon buildup on valves since fuel doesn’t come in contact with intake valves. To avoid this issue, a combination of port and direct injection is used. This gives a chance for the air-fuel mixture to coat the intake valve to prevent a buildup of carbon. So you get the best of both worlds. This 2nd generation 3.5L Ecoboost will get the efficiency of direct injection without the drawback of intake valves that are dry.
As of right now, Ford hasn’t released horsepower and torque specs for this new F-Series workhorse motor but those numbers will come later.
It’s amazing to see how versatile this 3.5L Ecoboost engine is. Depending on the application, you have the work ready 3.5L found in the F-150 with 365 HP or you could beef up the 3.5L to become one of the most powerful V6’s with 550 HP alongside the Nissan GT-R’s VR38DETT.
It goes without saying , but this 2nd generation 3.5L Ecoboost V6 for the F-150 should continue to be an easy winner for Ford.