Ford has given the 2011 Mustang treatment to its F-150 pickup truck, which was recently redesigned to have a powertrain that's such a huge leap that it seems to be the start of a new generation. The body and the chassis remain the same but the latest truck will get the 5.0-liter V8 and 3.7-liter V6 engines that have boosted the 2011 Mustang.
The current F-150 didn´t do as well as expected with its two available V8s (4.6 and 5.4). The 2011 F-150 will feature the same basic 3.7-liter V6 engine that has an output of 300hp at 6,500 rpm (estimated) and 275 pound-feet of torque at 4,500 rpm. Ford claims that this twin-cam V6 offers "class-leading fuel economy," however it has yet to reveal its mpg number.
2011 F-150 features a trailer towing capacity of up to 6,100 pounds. Is this Mustang motor still not enough? Well, Ford also offers a version of the recently introduced 5.0-liter V8.
The version for the F-150, which will be available at the launch of the 2011 model, has an output of 360 hp at 5,500 rpm and 380 lb-ft of torque at 4,250 rpm, "class-leading fuel economy," as well as a 9,800-pound maximum towing capacity.
It was reported previously that the 411-hp 6.2-liter V8 will be available as the premium engine for the 2011 F-150 and in fact, it has already been used to power the SVT Raptor and the 2011 Harley-Davidson version.
Ford also revealed that the twin-turbo 3.5-liter EcoBoost motor for pickup use will be arriving soon. Ford has confirmed that this turbo motor will get 20% better fuel economy than the 5.4-liter V8 in the 2010 F-150 (14/20 mpg according to the EPA for a 2WD).
The EcoBoost unit won´t be offered until early 2011. Ford has divulged that the tow rating for the 3.5-liter Ecoboost is 11,300 lbs. It also said that the 411hp 6.2-liter V8 will be available in Platinum and Lariat trims with the Tow Package. These packages have a towing capacity of 11,300 lbs.