By Chris Haak
We just got word from Ford PR that the power ratings for the 2011 Ford F-150 pickup’s new optional 3.5 liter EcoBoost V6 have been published. Actually, the power figures for the entire 2011 engine lineup for the F-150 was released today. You may recall that the 2011 F-150 is receiving an all-new engine lineup for the 2011 model year, set to improve the power and economy (at least theoretically) of the best-selling vehicle in the US.
To recap the engine lineup, the base engine is a 3.7 liter V6, marking the return of a six-cylinder to the F-series lineup for the first time since 2008. This engine produces 302 horsepower at a high-revving 6,500 RPMs and 278 lb-ft of torque at 4,000 RPMs, which is amazing for a base six-cylinder truck engine. GM’s 4.3 liter V6 base engine, in contrast, produces just 195 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. According to Ford, the base engine can tow 6,100 pounds.