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 |  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]