These last 2 weeks I’ve test driven three 2011 Ford F-150 pickup trucks. This was all about my learning about the new, highly acclaimed EcoBoost engine by Ford, the 3.5L EcoBoost V6 Twin Turbo Ti-VVT engine (rated at 365HP, 420 LB.-FT. Torque & 16 city/22 hwy combined mpg). Let me share what I learned about this engine in the new 2011 Ford Ford F-150.
First was a baseline test drive in a Race Red 2011 Ford F-150 SuperCab, powered by the 5.0L V8 engine. This is same engine available in the 2011 Ford Mustang. It was a fine drive and the pleasant throaty burble exhaust was slightly on the enthusiast side.
Second was a white 2011 Ford F-150 SuperCab Oxford White F-150 truck, accompanied by Ashley (a Ford, spokes-model cutie). This was a highly structured, dealer-based event, restricted by a simple, less than fun 3 mile driving loop. In addition, the drive was hampered by 5 o’clock traffic. I walked away under impressed and a little disappointed…
Third was a test drive that originated from my house – now that’s a cool concept!
I was washing Karlino (my 1999 Mazda Miata) in my driveway & I got a call from JD. He was driving over in the 2011 pre-production Ford EcoBoost truck I was to test drive. He said he was going to be an hour early. This was a 2011 Ford EcoBoost SuperCrew cab model in the Lariat trim package, in a Dark Blue Pearl Metallic.
With this luxury of extra drive, I was able to do a real test drive on roads I’m very familiar with. I lost track of time, but think we were on the road for at least 25 minutes. Even though we were in the start of Friday late afternoon traffic, being able to drive the roads I knew, I was able to make good time & enjoy the EcoBoost twin turbo power when needed (okay, so yes, I did “goose it” a few times for the sheer enjoyment of it). I even took it around the Tejas Trail “test loop” I’ve enjoyed driving on in the past!
An additional bonus was that JD is a HPDE (High Performance Driver Education) driver instructor! His home base is in the Cincinnati area. He’s only 2.5 hours away from the famed Mid Ohio road track. Needless to say, we discussed a variety of autocross & racing topics.
I came away from this third test drive very highly impressed, even though this was the slightly heaver SuperCrew model. This truck drives smooth & quiet. This one had over 13,700 miles on it, already! If I had my druthers, I’d seriously consider the FX2 model with the EcoBoost engine. It would look something like this:
Ford took a huge leap of faith on this EcoBoost engine, promoting it with a series of 6 videos, called the F-150 EcoBoost Torture Test – 164,706 Miles Endured.
After viewing these 6 videos, watch this wrap up after the final engine teardown.
Ford has got a winner here. Racing Ready says so!
P. S. – Here’s a racing Ford F-150 4X4 I think you might enjoy…