2011 Ford F-150 'Lightning' Could Be Revived With Modded EcoBoost V-6

July 23, 2010

Ford has announced that it will be updating the powertrain line up for the 2011 Ford F-150. Not only will the F-150 be receiving the 305 horsepower 3.7-liter V-6 Mustang engine, it will also get the 2011 Ford Mustang GT’s 412 horsepower 5.0-liter V-8. The last time we saw a 5.0 in an F-150 was 15 years ago in the 1995 model.

One of the more exciting engines being dropped into the 2011 F-150, however, is Ford’s very popular 3.5-liter V-6 EcoBoost engine. Even though Ford will have a difficult time marketing the 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine to hardcore truck buyers, who mostly would expect the tried and true 5.4-liter V-8, they may have just created a niche vehicle.

Livernois Motorsports, a tuner company located in Dearborn Heights, Michigan, is notorious for offering potent tuning packages for the 2011 Taurus SHO 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine, gaining almost 100 horsepower and 100 pound-feet of torque at the wheels.

With Ford's Steve Ling saying: "365 horsepower is good.  400 is better,” when mentioning the EcoBoost engine at a lunch presentation at Ford World Headquarter Tuesday, it will be exciting to see where the final power numbers end up for the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 in the F-150.

If the EcoBoost in the 2011 Ford F-150 produce more than 400 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque with a little aftermarket help, we could we see the return of an aftermarket Lightening. The last Lightening was sold back in 2004 and featured a supercharged 5.4-liter V-8 engine producing 380 horsepower and 450 pound-feet of torque.

With a simple tune to the 3.5-liter V6 EcoBoost engine and six-speed automatic transmission, along with the addition of a high-flow duel-exhaust, it should not be difficult for the power nuts at Livernois Motorsports to crank 500 horses out of the 2011 Ford F-150; and that is not even including replacing the turbos or other performance parts.

Imagine if the EcoBoost engine is placed in that style side short bed with the regular cab, which weighs in around 4,700 pounds. That equals out to 213 horsepower per ton. Compare that to the 2011 Ford Mustang GT, which gets 228 horsepower per ton, and you have one lightening quick truck.

[The Car Connection and Autoblog]

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