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Scrambling to keep up with the new consumption-conscious consumer, domestic pickup manufacturers like Ford and GM have employed stopgap measures like extra gears and fine-tuned fuel-injection to eke out perhaps another mpg or two for their current model pickups. But according those in-the-know over at PickupTrucks.com, Ford is poised to offer two brand-new engines in its 2011 F-150 truck line, engines that will make both more power than ever before as well as reducing consumption or keeping it identical to current, less-powerful offerings.
The code-named "Coyote" engine will reportedly be the new base motivator for all F-150s. Ringing in at 5.0-liters and retaining a V-8 layout, this engine will sport a four-valve per cylinder design (departing from the current three-valve design) and will crank out a reported 400 hp and 400 lb-ft torque. Alas, mpg ratings are comparable with the current uplevel engine, the 5.4-liter V-8, slightly lowering economy in base model F-150s. This 5.0-liter will be shared with certain models of the new Ford Mustang.
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Those seeking greater efficiency need move up to the optional 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6, which employs both direct-injection and turbocharging to reportedly crank out horsepower figures equal to and torque figures greater than honking Coyote V-8; all this while consuming less fuel in the process. Ford claims that this unlikely, economical new truck engine delivers a stout, diesel-like torque curve over the bulk of its operating range.
Unknown is whether these new V-8s will run on unleaded fuel.
The 6.2-liter V-8 (known as "The Boss") debuting later this year in the 2010 F-150 SVT Raptor will be limited, they say, to select F-150s and the Super Duty line.
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