Should for offer this engine as an option perhaps? I think I'm still drunk from last night
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The 6.2L in the Raptor is the only engine in the F150 lineup paired with the Hydraulic power steering system. All the other engines (Ecoboost included) are integrated with the Electric Power steering system. That being the case I remember someone in the know (who works in the industry) stating that Ford WILL NOT put the Ecoboost in the Raptor because it's not designed to be used with the Hydraulic steering setup.
Take that information for what it's worth, but that's what I heard.
Doesn't seem like a more powerful ecoboost would be worth the power loss for the few extra MPGs. I would say if you buy a Raptor, be prepared to fill it up. It's a fun toy and should be used that way.
Have you ever driven an F-150 with EcoBoost 3.5 engine? It is an amazing mill no doubt but it is Lexus quiet, sounds like an 80's V6 Camaro with a glass pack if you do anything to the exhaust. Also while the powerband is smooth,and the overall experience is fairly yawn inducing. There are great engines, and there are performance engines, the 3.5 Ecoboost is a great engine but it is not a high- performance engine.
The Raptor really needs a big burly sounding V8, I don't want a truck like this to feel or sound like a Lexus LS even if it was faster or more powerful with the Ecoboost.
That said I would buy an Expedition EL in a heartbeat if it offered the EcoBoost in that application instead of the old 3V 5.4 they are still using in it. I think Lincoln Navigator sales would spike if the SUV got the Ecoboost 3.5 too.
Last edited by Pool Runner; 11-18-2012 at 11:57 AM.
Word has it there is an ecoboost V8 in development. Whether it's intended for the trucks or the Mustang has yet to be determined.