While hybrids and electric cars are certainly the vehicles of the future, the majority of sales in the U.S. are still traditional vehicles. Given this volume, even small improvements to standard engines can yield big emissions savings nationwide. So when Ford announced its Eco-Boost turbocharged, direct-injection technology, which would bring emissions cuts and mileage increases to its standard models, there was definitely cause for excitement.
This summer the first cars featuring EcoBoost – the Ford Flex and the Lincoln MKS -- will hit the road. Later in the summer, two more will deploy – the new Taurus SHO and Lincoln MKT. So how are these cars shaping up?
Basically, according to early released information, EcoBoost is allowing the new Lincoln MKS to deliver better performance than its 4.2-4.8-liter V8 engine-sporting competitors, with only a 3.5-liter V6 engine, all the while increasing fuel economy and cutting emissions.
Take the Cadillac STS, GM’s 4.6-liter V8 engine luxury sedan. The Lincoln MKS handily beats it in horsepower, 355 hp to 320 hp. But what about torque? From about 1500 RPMs to 5500 RPMs, the Eco-Boost Lincoln delivers a steady 350 ft-lb s of torque. The Cadillac, meanwhile, ramps up much slower, struggling to break 315 ft-lb s at its peak.
The Cadillac can only muster 22 MPG while emitting 248 g of CO2/km. The Lincoln gets 25 MPG while emitting 218 g of CO2/km.
The Lincoln also bests similar V8 Lexus, Audi, BMW, and Infiniti luxury models, offering significant performance and fuel economy increases. Of course, all of these numbers are from Ford’s internal testing, so they should be taken with a grain of salt, but still, the EcoBoost gains are looking to be impressive.
As previously reported, in 2010 the Ford F150 will get the option of a V6 EcoBoost engine, which will get better performance than the current V8 while managing 20 percent better fuel economy.
However, for most of us who like smaller, more efficient cars, the best is yet to come. Ford is working on 1.6-liter and 2.0-liter V4 engines with EcoBoost. The 1.6-liter will go into production later this year and start appearing in vehicles like the Focus.
By 2013 Ford wants 90 percent of all its vehicle models to have an EcoBoost engine as an option. While it would certainly be nice to see this become a stock offering, this is much more aggressive than their initial plan and definitely a step in the right direction. It should be exciting to see more performance and efficiency numbers on the new V4’s when they arrive.
written by david ben avram, April 06, 2009
written by dave, April 28, 2009
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