Ford already dropped its old entry-level 4.2-liter V-6 engine for its 2009 Ford F-150 pickup truck, and now, according to PickupTrucks.com, which cited unnamed sources, Ford is planning to drop its 4.6-liter and 5.4-liter V-8 engines for the F-150 as well.
PickupTrucks.com's sources said Ford will drop the two engines in 2010, for the 2011 model year. A new modular, four-valve, 5.0-liter V-8, codenamed "Coyote", will become the standard engine. This engine will also be shared with the new Ford Mustang. Power figures are estimated to be about 400-horsepower and 400-lb-ft of torque. The fuel economy of the 5.0-liter V-8 should be comparable to the outgoing 5.4-liter.
The top-level engine for the 2011 model will be Ford's new EcoBoost V-6. According to Ford, the EcoBoost engine gets a diesel-like torque curve through most of its power band. The unnamed source says it will also be rated at approximately 400-hp with more than 400-lb-ft of torque, but with a 23 mpg fuel economy rating on the highway.
The 6.2-liter V-8 "Boss" engine, which will debut later this year in the 2010 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor, will be limited only to niche F-150 models and Super Duty trucks.