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Ford to beef up engine for F-150

Automaker is developing V-8 powerplant for popular pickup that will dwarf rivals

By Eric Mayne / The Detroit News

Responding to the auto industry’s escalating horsepower wars — including Chrysler’s popular Hemi engine — Ford Motor Co. is developing a larger, more powerful V-8 engine for its top-selling F-150 pickup line.

The engine’s 6.2-liter displacement will dwarf Ford’s biggest V-8 offering — the 300-hp 5.4-liter Triton V-8 — as well as rivals from Chevrolet, Nissan and Dodge, including the 5.7-liter 340-hp Hemi.

Ford declined to comment on the project, but suppliers are already bidding to provide components for the engine, according to documents obtained by The Detroit News.

Ford has not decided where to build the engine known internally as Hurricane.

Despite rising gasoline prices, the Hurricane project is “somewhat overdue,” Global Insight market analyst John Wolkonowicz said.

“In trucks, it’s all about bragging rights,” Wolkonowicz said.

The full-size truck market has become a major battleground for Detroit automakers, with Ford, Chevrolet, Dodge and GMC facing new competition from formidable Toyota Motor Co.p. and Nissan Motor Co. entries.

Demand for the 345-horsepower Hemi has soared since DaimlerChrysler AG’s Chrysler Group revived the legendary engine two years ago.

More than 60 percent of all Dodge Durango sport utility vehicles are now sold with a Hemi engine, and Chrysler is now using it on large, rear-wheel drive passenger cars.

The Hurricane project is another sign Ford is back on solid financial ground. Analysts say the project was probably delayed when the automaker posted losses of $6.4 billion over 2001 and 2002.

Helped by steep cost reductions and lower operating costs, Ford is on track to earn pre-tax profits of $7 billion by mid-decade.

“Now that things are looking up a little bit, they’re starting to prioritize some of those things that got put on the back burner before,” Wolkonowicz said.

The Hurricane project comes as Ford is rolling out 11 new engines and transmissions to bolster its powertrain lineup.

Ford dealers are eager to sell a more powerful engine. Like the Triton V-8, the new engine will feature advanced technology to limit harmful emisions.

“Anytime they can claim (class-leading) horsepower, torque and green’ at the same time, hello! Where do I sign up?” said Bob Krause, inventory manager and sales consultant at Roy O’Brien Ford in St. Clair Shores.

You can reach Eric Mayne at (313) 222-2443 or [email protected].


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http://www.detnews.com/2004/autosinsider/0.../b01-165355.htm
 

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WOW! That sounds like a great engine, but any ideas when its gona be in the F-150?
 
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Its about time...To claim class leading towing and get beaten badly like this http://www.edmunds.com/reviews/comparison/...58/article.html
But as we all know, tow ratings are like horsepower figures — they make for great bragging rights but what really matters is how well the vehicle performs in real-world testing
:roflmao: :rofl: definitly deserves some soul seeking... :D
 
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Originally posted by XLSuruaT@Jun 10 2004, 12:19 AM
Its about time...To claim class leading towing and get beaten badly like this http://www.edmunds.com/reviews/comparison/...58/article.html
But as we all know, tow ratings are like horsepower figures — they make for great bragging rights but what really matters is how well the vehicle performs in real-world testing
:roflmao: :rofl: definitly deserves some soul seeking... :D
After reading all of that they still said the F-150 was the most capable (towing, offroad, all around) and has the best steering response and handling. That's pretty real world. Plus, this is only one review. Check out the review Motor Trend did before naming it "Truck of the Year" :p B) Plus, I've seen more magazines, etc. ranking the F-150 the highest than ones that don't. The general consensus appears to be that it is the "best" 1/2 ton pick-up out there. :D
 

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That article was clearly subjective, rather than objective. The Ford does what it was designed to do, better than any of the others. The winner in this flawed comparison, the Nissan, is a real rough and tumble truck, with a lot of rough edges and a general lack of refinement. Sure it's a somewhat faster accelerating truck, but that's not the totality of a truck. Most trucks today are used as personal transportation, where a smooth ride, good handling, pleasant looks, and a luxurious interior are important. The F-150 delivers that in spades. The Dodge is an aggressive looking, sounding, and running truck with power. But it's nowhere near the F-150 in its everyday livability.
The "Hurricane" engine will probably be most welcome in the F-250HD and the F-350 series pickumups. Grunt counts there. I wouldn't be surprised to see a heck of a "storm" with both "Lightning" and a "Hurricane" involved! ;) Ford shot itself in the foot with the 100 mm bore spacing of the "Modular Motor". It makes it very difficult to deliver displacement. Look for the "Hurricane" to have a bigger bore spacing.
 
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