Originally Posted by crocus
Well depo, that sounds like a pile of hogwash to me. And who told you the Ecoboost was a "low torque" engine? Check the specs.
The specs are checked.... they claim 400 ft lbs, but check out how that is achieved.....
It is not hogwash if from an engineering stand point you understand that the stresses that are created on an engine under load with the use of turbos creates great internal challenges.
Also read the road testing of the vehicle by truck magazines.... Same thing I mentioned while it gets 20+ mpg unloaded the towing of comparable weight is equal to or well below that of a V8.
Go to a drag strip watch two cars race.....
a 400 HP muscle car and a 400 HP turbo 6, you will understand the difference.
For a 400 hp turbo 6 to achieve the exact same power at launch it must spool up to the RPM and Boost which create heat and work. a 400 HP muscle car achieves this at a much quicker rate. Then the point at which a turbo car reaches maximum amount of acceleration is well down the track, but comes on at a Massive rate. Whereas an engine in a larger displacement vehicle has that curve at a much earlier point of the pull.
I love the idea of having a 3.5 twin turbo putting 350+ hp, but
I will tell you when shopping for a truck I went to the ford dealership and they specifically told me if I was towing consistently that I was much better off with a V8 or a Diesel, but as the weekend warrior truck and a commute vehicle the Eco was a great option.