Ford F-150 pickup sheds more weight

Jul 23, 2014 | 04:39 PM | Nathan Laliberte

Tags  Ford Motor, aluminum, EcoBoost, Greg Schroeder, Center for Automotive Research, Mike Levine, F-150, high-strength steel Nathan Laliberte

NEW YORK — Ford Motor Co.’s 2015 aluminum-bodied F-150 pickup truck will weigh up to 732 pounds less than the prior-year model, Ford truck communications manager Mike Levine told AMM.

The Dearborn, Mich.-based automaker released the figures in conjunction with the unveiling of its EcoBoost V6 engine, which will be featured in the new F-150 pickup.

The high-output, twin-turbo 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 utilizes a new design that will yield 325 horsepower and 375 pounds per foot of torque. The power-to-weight ratio of the 2015 truck has been improved by 15 percent vs. the 2014 5.0-liter V8-equipped F-150 with similar torque output, largely due to the use of lightweight aluminum alloys and high-strength steels, Ford said July 22.....

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