Ford's New 1.0-liter Three-Cylinder EcoBoost Engine May be Soon Available with up to 177bhp!


It is amazing how the new crop of internal combustion engines have become so much more powerful yet at the same time, more fuel-efficient and greener than their predecessors of past years.

Ford's new 1.0-liter EcoBoost petrol unit is a prime example of how far automakers have gone. Despite its small capacity and proportions, the three-cylinder engine that features turbocharging, direct injection and other technologies, develops up to 123bhp, which is an impressive number in itself.

Yet, Ford may soon surprises us with an even more powerful version of the 1.0-liter turbocharged unit with an output as high as 177bhp! “It’s a stretch, but possible,” Gunnar Herrmann, vehicle line director for the Focus, was quoted as saying by British publication Autocar.

The magazine said that Ford is believed to be already working on a prototype of a high-output version of the 1.0-liter EcoBoost petrol engine fitted with an electric supercharger and a regular turbocharger. This engine would likely be used in sportier variants of the Fiesta and Focus.

Herrmann also noted that the normal 1.0L EcoBoost, which is available in two states of tune with 99bhp and 123bhp, will gradually replace all non-turbo 1.6-litre petrol engines in Ford's global range.

“We know there might be some resistance from customers asked to go from a 1.6 to a 1.0, but only until they drive it," said Hermann.


ndcart said... »February 22, 2012

An electric supercharger and a turbo.  I only ask this because I really don't know.  How reliable would that configuration be?

aaronbbrown said... »February 22, 2012

 I'm not the kind to say, I told you so… but I told ya so.  ha 

 Motorcycle engines were accomplishing this a decade ago, the only difficulty was how to get the motor to produce enough torque to move a car efficiently and effectively.  Now that the car companies have a mandate pushing them to embrace the incentives for creating these motors, it's happening very quickly.

 It's not magic, or leaps in technology, it's just the auto industry being pushed to get up off its fat ass and give the market what it needs, what they should have given us decades ago.

Albert Ferrer said... »February 22, 2012

Not so fast on that one. Without entering to discuss attributes like sound, smoothness or linear response (I personally prefer the traditional normally aspirated engine in terms of feel) personal experience tells me that, when it comes to fuel economy, downsizing works, but only in theory.

If you manage to replicate the ideal conditions of official tests you can indeed achieve excellent fuel economy, especially if you consider the official power figures and potential performance available. But if you use that power, or stray out of those ideal conditions fuel economy can get worryingly bad.

In other words, if you have a 150bhp engine, providing you use that power, it uses petrol as a 150bhp, downsizing or not. So beware of what car makers actually tell you.

Johns Clouds Han said... »February 22, 2012

stick this thing on a motorcycle and les gooooooo. 1000cc putting out 170+ hp? yes please

Jacohatt said... »February 23, 2012

The latest motorcycle motors (like the BMW S1000RR) puts out roughly 190hp from a normally aspirated motor...

Rick said... »February 23, 2012

I believe you mean how to get them to deliver enough torque at lower rpm. Maximum torque typically follows displacement. What's more important is the torque curve and in this case I'd say that's what the electric supercharger is there for.

DFV said... »May 17, 2012

Motorcycle Engines [ naturally aspirated ] have had this capability for more than a decade, I do not understand why car manufactures have taken so long to catch up and need a Turbocharger to achieve the same outputs.

Tri said... »July 19, 2012

'Case you didn't know the base model Mk6 Golf has this "twin-charger" config. Reliability all depends on manufacturer I guess...

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