Howling Coyote: Ford Mustang, F-150 getting 700-hp supercharger

Mustang and F-150 owners: How does 640 to 700 horsepower sound? Watch this video.

Ford Performance and Roush announced at SEMA that they have developed a supercharger kit for the 5.0-liter Coyote V8 engine in the 2018 Mustang and F-150. For the Mustang, the setup is rated at 700 peak horsepower and 610 pound-feet of torque. That’s a boost of 240 hp over a stock Mustang GT, and an additional 190 pound-feet of torque — and it’s far above the Shelby ratings, too.

For the pickup, it’s 640 horsepower and 600 pound-feet — a boost of 245 horsepower and 200 pound-feet over stock.

The blower is designed to work with the 5.0-liter V8’s new port- and direct-injection fuel system. The kit comes with everything needed for installation, including custom performance calibration. It carries a 3-year, 36,000-mile warranty when installed by a Ford dealer or authorized technician. Better yet, it doesn’t void the vehicle warranty.

Boost pressure is 12 psi, and the setup requires 93 octane fuel.

“Ford and Roush have teamed up on performance for years on and off the track,” said Doug White, Ford’s global performance-parts manager. “This new supercharger is another great example of our innovation in performance, greatly improving horsepower and torque so people can enjoy two of our most iconic vehicles even more.”

The supercharger kit will be available in early 2018 through Ford dealers, Ford Performance Warehouse Distributors and Roush Performance dealers. Additional information can be found at the Ford Performance website.

Cost was not mentioned in Ford’s announcement, but by comparison a Ford Performance 670-horsepower supercharger kit for 2015-17 Mustangs lists for $7,100.

[Source: Autoblog]

2016 Ford F-150 Special Service Vehicle is ready for patrol

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Ford is now offering a Special Service Vehicle package for the 2016 Ford F-150s. The pickups are technically available to any of the company’s fleet customers, but the automaker admits in its announcement “law enforcement makes up a large portion of Special Service Vehicle purchases, so Ford added F-150 to satisfy a complete range of police needs.”

The Special Service Vehicle package makes the F-150 more resilient in the face of hard police duties. The upgrades include a high-output 240-amp alternator, vinyl floors that are easy to clean, and a vinyl-covered rear bench seat. The center console is also removable depending on how fleets want to modify the truck. Ford offers the package on the SuperCrew and SuperCab bodies for the F-150. Customers can order them with rear- or four-wheel drive, and power comes either the 5.0-liter V8 or 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6.

This hard-working truck joins the popular Police Interceptor Utility and Sedan among the Blue Oval’s LEO-ready offerings. The company also offers an Expedition Special Service Vehicle and a Transit Prisoner Transport.

[Source: Autoblog]

2018 Ford F-150 sheds more camo in latest spy shots

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A fresh batch of spy shots gives us an even better look at the refreshed 2018 Ford F-150. The truck in the previous photos wore a bra that hid the entire front end, but this time Ford sent a pickup out with just some light camouflage.

While this F-150 prototype has updates compared to the current truck, the tweaks don’t appear as significant as on the pickup with the bra. The hood looks smoother than the current F-150, and extra camouflage just behind the front wheels suggests the possibility of fender vents like on the latest F-Series Super Duty. However, the previous F-150 we saw seemed to have major changes to the grille and possibly new headlights. Neither of those tweaks were visible in the latest spy shots, but perhaps Ford has been evaluating different updates on multiple prototypes. This round of shots also has strange cutouts on the front fenders.

Under the hood, expect the 2018 Ford F-150 to be available with a diesel engine. A video already confirms that the powerplant is under evaluation for the truck. A rumor suggests the pickup might use Jaguar Land Rover’s 3.0-liter V6 with 254 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque. If the Blue Oval combines it with the 10-speed automatic from the Raptor, the result could be one of the more efficient pickups in the class. We don’t expect Ford to drop any official details about what’s up its sleeve until closer to the next model year.

[Source: Autoblog]

Ford creates F-150 Sandcat to promote Halo 5: Guardians

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Halo 5: Guardians is about to hit Xbox One, and Ford is celebrating with the reveal of this one-off F-150.

Built by the Blue Oval specialists at Galpin Auto Sports, the Ford F-150 Halo Sandcat is designed for deployment by the United Nations Space Command. It’s based on a 2015 Ford F-150 Lariat SuperCrew 4×4 with the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 and FX4 off-road package. It’s then upgraded with a Baja XTR package from Addictive Desert Designs, complete with FOX Racing shocks, Deaver leaf springs, a Currie floating rear axle, 17-inch wheels, and upgraded fenders, side steps, and chase rack.

It’s all capped by a custom Halo-themed body wrap, and fitted with an Xbox One hooked up to displays in the back of the headrests. Fans will be able to check it out at the LA Convention Center during the E3 video game show, and dream of driving it on some far-off planet to combat whatever space monsters the Master Chief has been assigned to eradicate.

[Source: Autoblog]

 

2015 Ford F-150 in Portland at Mackenzie Ford in Hillsboro

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The 2015 Ford F-150, for sale in Portland at Mackenzie Ford in Hillsboro is tougher, smarter and more capable than it has ever been. For more information on this and all Ford cars, contact your Oregon Ford dealer at (800) 783-0863.

Even tougher
Before the 2015 F-150 goes on sale, it will have been torture-tested in labs, at Ford proving grounds and in the hands of some of Ford’s most demanding truck customers for more than 10 million miles.

The grueling testing simulates the demands Ford customers will subject the truck to throughout its average lifetime. These include crisscrossing the country pulling heavy trailers and hefty loads through desert valleys and over high-altitude mountain passes – in temperatures from 20 degrees below zero to 120 degrees Fahrenheit.

Customers using F-150 for construction, mining and utility work have tested and helped prove out its high-strength, aluminum-alloy cargo box.

A disguised new Ford F-150 even raced in the Baja 1000, where it earned the distinction of completing all 883 grueling miles of the event, while other purpose-built race vehicles could not.

To perform in these challenging conditions, the frame uses high-strength steel rated up to 70,000 psi – stronger than the steel found in some competitors’ heavy-duty pickup truck frames. Eight through-welded crossmembers provide increased stiffness, while staggered rear outboard shocks help provide stability.

Even smarter
Several groundbreaking new productivity features debut in the 2015 F-150. These include:

  • Available 360-degree camera view uses exterior cameras to create a bird’s-eye view of the truck to help the driver park, maneuver in tight spots and navigate down narrow trails
  • Available integrated loading ramps enable easy loading of ATVs, motorcycles and mowers
  • Available BoxLink is a combination of metal brackets and custom cleats used to secure a variety of accessories in the cargo box – from ramps to storage bins to bed dividers
  • Available LED headlamps and taillamps provide excellent nighttime visibility
  • Available trailer hitch assist is a new rear view camera feature that adds a dynamic line based on steering wheel angle in the display to help customers line up truck and trailer without requiring a spotter or having to get out of the vehicle
  • Available smart trailer tow module uses an all-new wiring harness that helps identify and inform the driver of potential trailer connectivity issues, burned or unlit trailer marker lamps, and brake light and trailer battery faults
  • Available remote tailgate allows for the tailgate to be locked, unlocked and released with the key fob – eliminating manual locking and increasing convenience and security. The tailgate also is damped, dropping down, hands-free, to a flat position when opened
  • Available 400-watt, 110-volt power outlets in the cab, allowing drivers to easily charge corded tools, batteries or mobile devices on-site or while driving
  • LED spotlights on sideview mirrors provide powerful, durable and bright lighting around the vehicle exterior
  • Latest engine technology in an available all-new, efficient 2.7-liter EcoBoost® engine that features extremely high output and lightweight design
  • Available next-generation tailgate step is now fully integrated inside the tailgate and virtually invisible when not in use

Other smart innovations include:

  • New 8-inch LCD productivity screen in the instrument panel includes tabbed navigation pages – from fuel economy to towing tips – and the ability to create a customized home screen for customers to access their most frequently used pages in one place
  • LED lighting embedded in the walls of the cargo box brightly illuminates the box interior to help customers quickly find tools or other items
  • Rear under-seat storage in F-150 Super and Crew cabs provides hidden storage for valuables. One storage bin is located underneath the rear seat
  • Deployable boxside step is now available for the short 5.5-foot box

These features join available driver aids, including SYNC® with MyFord Touch®, hill start assist, MyKey®, rear view camera, reverse sensing and trailer brake controller.

More capable
In addition to helping customers work smarter, F-150 features technologies that automatically assist drivers. These include:

  • Available second-row inflatable safety belts work like a traditional belt but include a tubular airbag that inflates in the event of a crash and distributes the force of the impact across a wider area of the passenger’s chest
  • Available Curve Control automatically provides more aggressive four-wheel braking when the truck is going into a corner too fast
  • Available adaptive cruise control allows drivers to set a cruising speed and use radar technology to monitor traffic ahead and maintain a set distance between vehicles
  • Available lane-keeping system is designed to help avert unintentional drifting of the vehicle outside the intended lane by automatically detecting the left- or right-hand road lane markings using a camera mounted between windshield and interior rearview mirror
  • Available Blind Spot Information System with cross-traffic alert uses radar hidden in the taillamps to detect a vehicle entering a driver’s blind spot while driving or slowly backing up

A range of four engines provides power to meet almost any customer need.

A new, available 2.7-liter EcoBoost with standard Auto Start-Stop and a standard 3.5-liter V6 engine with twin independent variable camshaft timing join the proven 3.5-liter EcoBoost and 5.0-liter Ti-VCT V8 engines that are available. The 2.7-liter EcoBoost features a lightweight, compact design to deliver the same power as many mid-range V8s.

Ford Auto Start-Stop technology – specially tuned for truck customers – shuts off the engine to save fuel when the vehicle is stopped, except when towing or in four-wheel drive mode. The engine restarts in milliseconds when the brake is released.

Ford F-150 trucks equipped with EcoBoost engines also will benefit from standard Active Grille Shutters. Active Grille Shutters stay open when extra engine cooling is needed, such as during low-speed stop-and-go driving or while working in hot weather. They automatically close to reduce aerodynamic drag at cruising speed.

2015 Ford F-150 claims segment’s best payload, towing ratings

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While we are set to drive the new, 2015 Ford F-150 in the coming days, there’s a big piece of news on the latest-generation of the Blue Oval’s bread-and-butter pickup coming out of Dearborn, and it focuses on the truck’s hauling and towing abilities.

The new F-150 will have a maximum payload of 3,300-pounds (V8 models), and, perhaps more importantly, a 12,200-pound tow rating (EcoBoost V6 models), which for the first time are compliant with the Society of Automotive Engineer’s J2807 standards. Those best-in-class figures are significant feathers in Ford’s cap as the Detroit Three continue duking it out for the title of top pickup.

“As founding members of the SAE trailer towing committee, we will meet SAE trailer towing standards,” Ford’s Aaron Miller told Autoblog.

In order to seize that max tow rating, you’ll need to tick the box for the F-150’s excellent 3.5-liter, twin-turbocharged EcoBoost V6 and its 365 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque, although your payload rating will only reach 3,180 pounds. Ford’s new 2.7-liter, 325-hp, 375-lb-ft EcoBoost V6, meanwhile, can manage to tow 8,500 pounds and enjoys a payload rating of 2,250 pounds.

If you’re aching for the max payload rating of 3,300 pounds, you’ll want to go naturally aspirated and opt for the F-150’s biggest engine, the 5.0-liter V8. Snagging for the 385-hp, 387-lb-ft eight-cylinder drops the tow rating to a still respectable 11,100 pounds. Finally, the F-Series’ base 3.5-liter V6 and its 283 hp and 255 lb-ft of torque can haul 1,910 pounds and tow 7,600 pounds.

2015 Ford F-150 named Truck of Texas, Lincoln and Jeep also awarded at Truck Rodeo

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The Ford Motor Company has a lot of reasons to celebrate after winning eight categories in this year’s Texas Auto Writers Association’s annual Truck Rodeo. Most important among them, the Blue Oval’s latest2015 Ford F-150 earned the prestigious Truck of Texas award, ending the Ram 1500’s two-year winning streak. The 2015 Lincoln MKC also grabbed the honor as the CUV of Texas, and Ford was named Truck Line of Texas.

FoMoCo even took trophies for best technology with its extensive use of aluminum on its latest F-Series and best commercial vehicle for the new Transit 250. It wasn’t a total sweep, though, because the Jeep Grand Cherokee grabbed the title of the SUV of Texas for the fifth straight time.

This year’s event put 60 auto writers in 75 pickups, SUVs and crossovers and challenged them to find the best in a plethora of categories. All of the winners are listed below, and scroll down to read the full announcements from the Texas Auto Writers Association and Ford.

Compact CUV: 2015 Honda CR-V Touring
Midsize CUV: 2015 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium
Fullsize CUV: 2015 Kia Sedona SX
Luxury CUV: 2015 Lincoln MKC
Compact SUV: 2015 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk
Midsize SUV: 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland 4×4
Fullsize SUV: 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe 4WD
Compact Luxury SUV: 2015 Range Rover Evoque 5-Door
Midsize Luxury SUV: 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit EcoDiesel 4×4
Fullsize Luxury SUV: 2015 GMC Yukon Denali
Off-Road SUV: 2015 Jeep Wrangler
Midsize Pickup Truck: 2015 Chevrolet Colorado Crew Cab
Fullsize Pickup Truck: 2015 Ford F-150 King Ranch
Luxury Pickup Truck: 2015 Ford F-150 Platinum
Heavy Duty Pickup Truck: 2015 Ram 2500 Laramie Longhorn
Off-Road Pickup Truck: 2015 Ram Power Wagon
Commercial Vehicle: 2015 Ford Transit 250
Best Powertrain: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ 3.0-liter V6 EcoDiesel Engine
Best Connectivity: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ Uconnect Access
Best Technology: 2015 Ford F-150 King Ranch high-strength military-grade aluminum body
CUV of Texas: 2015 Lincoln MKC
SUV of Texas: 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee
Truck of Texas: 2015 Ford F-150
Truck Line of Texas: Ford