Home / Auto News / News article: Ford 1.0L EcoBoost 3-Cylinder to Make 177-HP - AutoGuide.com News
 |  Feb 23 2012, 8:32 AM

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It almost sounds strange to hear Ford is working on a 1.0L, three-cylinder engine – especially one that could potentially make 177-hp. Gone are the days of having to rely on large V8 engines for performance, as technology pushes the envelope on smaller and more efficient powerplants with turbochargers.

Possibly next on the EcoBoost line of engines is a high-performance variant of the 1.0L EcoBoost engine says vehicle line director Gunnar Herrmann, delivering as much as 177-hp. Currently the regular 1.0L produces 123-hp, but by mating it with an efficient turbocharger the American automaker could be pumping out 54-hp more. The rumor currently has the EcoBoost engine featuring an electric supercharger that will feed the turbocharger found in the current 1.6L EcoBoost engine.

No torque figures were estimated, but it is feasible that Ford could produce anywhere from 175 to 200 lb-ft of torque. And while 177-hp won’t exactly blow the doors off of many cars these days, it would be a formidable engine under the hood of a Fiesta or even a Focus.

There are also rumors that Ford is working on a 2.3L EcoBoost with a possible 320-hp.

[Source: AutoCar]

  • Chad

    What will this do to the engine’s lifespan? Producing so much extra HP in that small size cannot be good for the long-term.

  • John Nomads

    Maybe that’s the point Chad, build a tiny but powerful engine into a cheap little car, bill it a mini muscle car, that hangs together a reasonable amount of time, and Ford will sell lots of them.

  • Chad

    John, are you proposing that the automakers have no interest in motors that last longer than 100,000 miles?

  • Jack

    The engine is better cooled, better balanced, and better machined than most current-gen products, so I don’t really see a problem with life-span.

  • Bobhr

    I drove a Suski Switft (Chevy Sprint) for 10 years and loved it!  50 mpg nad at highway speeds (75 mph commute in LA ).   Tires lasted 85,000 and it was a fun to drive.  I was no slouch on the highway.  It had an 8 1/3 gallon tank and I filled it about every 280-300 miles.  Wonderful car but best not to run into anything.

  • Peter

    I also had a Chevy Sprint. When I drove the 55MPH speed limit I could get 64-65MPG consistently on long trips. City driving was at 50MPG. I was able to get the original BF Goodrich 88K mile tires to last out to140K with just legal rubber left. I wish I had not traded it in since the Hyundai Accent I traded it in for was a huge dissapintment that I dearly regret. Who needs a Prius with gas mileage like this?