Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Port Elgin, Ontario
Ecoboost vs 5.0L vs 6.2L
Just had the occasion to take a 5.0L equipped F150 (with optional 3.73 gears) for a test drive last week.
Here's some random thoughts off the top, now that I've had the chance to experience all three powertrain offerings for the F150.
Judged them on wide open throttle from a dead stop, running wide open throttle from 80 km/hr (passing on highway) , and general feel while cruising around town and on the highway.
Purely subjective, probably more than likely biased, but I'll throw it out there for the sake of discussion.
Here's the numbers off the Ford website :
Horsepower 360 @ 5500 rpm (5.0L V8)
411 @ 5500 rpm (6.2L V8)
365 @ 5000 rpm (3.5L EcoBoost)
Torque 380 @ 4250 rpm (5.0L V8)
434 @ 4500 rpm (6.2L V8)
420 @ 2500 rpm (3.5L EcoBoost)
Ecoboost - lots of power on tap, but the front end felt a little "floaty" for lack of a better term. Torque peaks low @ 2500 rpm.
I'm still too old school with the traditional V8 sound and feel, the power was certainly there with the Ecoboost, but felt like it was missing that certain something.
6.2L - Of course my assessment will be biased on the 6.2L, and throw the Raptor around the whole package, with the 4.10's and there isn't much not to like.
The sound in the cab is great, and it pulls hard pretty much anywhere in the power band, once you turn off all the electronic nannies.
Cruising at 100 km/hr and you're turning around 1700rpm.
5.0L - so here's the wildcard in the bunch - I was impressed with the 5.0L. Got plenty of get up and go, and sounds good when you get on it.
Relatively quiet around town and on the highway, but has a growl when you punch it.
Cruising at 100 km/hr and you're turning around 1500 or so rpm.
With the 6.2L now available as a $2000 option for the F150, I'd be hard pressed to wonder if a mere 50 extra horsepower and 50 some odd ft/lbs on the torque curve would be worth the money?
If you're going Raptor, for sure, no other choice than the 6.2 with the 4.10's , but if you're looking at a well appointed FX4 for example, I'd say the 5.0L with 3.73's is a best of both worlds compromise.
Add in the fact a standard F150 is 750 to 1000 lbs lighter than a Raptor and it's pretty convincing.
Horsepower and torque peaks are approximately at the same RPM, the sound and power are there, and for all those guys who buy full size pickup's and then complain about the gas mileage, the numbers aren't all that bad.
So there you go, believe it or not, I'm giving props to the 5.0L guys. lol
Either way you look at it, it's a great time to have so many options for powertrains available, with so much factory horsepower in the game.
I can remember as a young car enthusiast in the early/mid 80's, I used to go around to the dealerships and get the new car catalogues, and then pour over them with a friend of mine.
Back then, the best offerings for factory muscle (Camaro, Trans Am, Mustang) was around 160 hp.
- 6550 lb bundle of joy