Ford today has announced of its new 6.8-liter V10 gasoline engine that will be used in its 2012 model year F-Series medium-duty chassis cab trucks, which are scheduled for launch by the end of 2011.
The new V10 engine has three-valve per cylinder and a single-overhead-camshaft per bank, and it is rated at 362 horsepower at 4,750 rpm and 457 lb-ft of torque at 3,250 rpm. Gross vehicle weight ratings for Class 6 and Class 7 medium-duty trucks range from 20,500 to 30,000 pounds.
“No other manufacturer offers this wide of a range of options and solutions for truck customers,” said Len Deluca, Ford director for Commercial Truck Sales and Marketing. “The availability of a gas engine in this medium-duty segment will be welcome news to many businesses and municipalities.”
The new V10 engine will be mated to the heavy-duty six-speed TorqShift automatic transmission that is currently used in the Super Duty trucks. The transmission uses a unique powder-metal carrier in the compound planetary gearset to provide more strength; hence, it increases more torque capacity and greater engine speed. The carrier consists of four pressed powder-metal components sinter-brazed together to form a rigid, power-dense structure.
An alternative-fuel engine optional package that will be available for the F-450 and F-550 Super Duty chassis cab trucks that use the 6.8-liter V10. It enable the use of compressed natural gas (CNG) or propane (LPG, or liquefied petroleum gas) for a clean-burning with less CO2 emissions.