Well, well, well. Ford’s springing a surprise on us with some revised numbers for the new 2017 F-150.
At first, Ford said the new 3.5 liter twin-turbo V6 would make 365 horses and 450 pound-feet of torque – a 30 pound-foot jump over the outgoing engine.
But now Ford is claiming best-in-class torque after bumping those numbers up even more to 470 pound-feet of torque. Horsepower now jumps 10 from the previous version, to 375 hp.
Here’s the real rub for Chevrolet and GMC. The new 470 torque number beats that of the optional 6.2-liter V8 engine offered on the Silverado and Sierra.
We’ve already told you the other big news about Ford’s new powertrain, which is the new 10-speed automative transmission (jointly developed with General Motors by the way.) It replaces the previous six-speed transmission.
The 10-speed transmission uses advanced materials and alloys to save weight, and it is the first Ford gearbox that does not use cast-iron components.
Meanwhile, we’re still waiting on the new F-150’s fuel economy numbers. The truck goes on sale this fall, along with the 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor.