Today’s automakers would be lucky to squeeze 160 horsepower from a modern 2.0L naturally-aspirated four-cylinder engine. But Ford Motor Company’s new 1.0L EcoBoost motor may be able to do better, with just three cylinders. Some reports are putting the output of the upcoming engine to 177 horsepower and 200 pound-feet of torque. BS? Hold on a minute…
By mating this motor to an efficient turbocharger found in the larger 1.6L EcoBoost four-pot, incorporating a small electric supercharger, and mixing in some creative tuning, the automaker believes the numbers will increase to the amount described above. In some ways, smaller can be better.
Some speculation states that the engine will eventually land in the Fiesta ST, along with any other vehicle that cradles today’s 1.6L EcoBoost. Recent reports even suggest that Ford will phase out the engine in favor of the new 1.0L 3-cylinder EcoBoost altogether.