2011 Ford F-150 EcoBoost V6 Exhaust Review
Recommended Reading: 2011 Ford F-150 EcoBoost V6 – First Drive Review
I smell trouble for the EcoBoost V6:
“If you overlook its rather flat exhaust note, it would be easy to mistake the EcoBoost V-6 for a burly V-8”
FLAT EXHAUST NOTE?! Come on, Ford! This is a twin-turbo V6 with direct injection…it should sound like a jet engine. While it’s definitely not going to sound like a big V8, it definitely shouldn’t sound “flat.” Fortunately, “there’s an app for that.”
Corsa has done some impressive things with 2011 V6 Mustang exhausts, as has Borla. Check out these V6 Mustang exhaust vids below:Problem retrieving videos from provider: Gone
The Corsa exhaust system above doesn’t sound burly, but it sure as hell sounds fast. I think I could live with an F150 that sounded a little bit like a Ferrari.Problem retrieving videos from provider: Gone
While the Borla exhaust system above doesn’t sound like a big V8, it also doesn’t sound “flat.” It sounds like a strong, ready-to-rev engine.
As Car and Driver alluded to, the million dollar question is: Will truck owners embrace smaller engines that use turbos to build power? The answer: They might not have a choice. The current administration has raised fuel economy mandates high enough that a lot of pickup trucks are going to have to rely upon smaller, more efficient engines to meet fuel efficiency and emissions goals.
The days of big V8s just might be drawing to a close…at least until someone figures out how to dramatically improve their efficiency.
From Car and Driver
Ford bets big on twin-turbo six-cylinder power for its iconic pickup.
Major updates to the F-150, already the bestseller in one of the largest market segments, represent a serious gamble for Ford. Pickup-truck buyers, after all, notoriously favor the tried-and-true. With high-tech features like twin turbochargers and direct injection, the 2011 F-150’s EcoBoost V-6 might as well be a hood-mounted tofu dispenser. Read the full article…