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Old 04-10-2006, 08:50 AM   #1
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Hells yeah! Maybe FoMoCo is starting to look up...?


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Hells yeah! Maybe FoMoCo is starting to look up...?
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Old 04-10-2006, 11:24 AM   #3
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Still this is good news....but it makes me wonder what will happen to the mustang V6, will they still keep the same 4.0l V6 in there making onlt 210hp and 240lb/ft of tq, i dont see how they will, b/c the fusion is going to be faster then, but that would be freaken awesome if they kicked it up to 265hp, jeez itll almost be as fast if not as fast as the pre 05 GT's. Jeez the fusion is going to be quick, it only weights like 3300lbs and the V6 it has now allows it to go from 0-60 around 7 and a half seconds, this new engine, depending on how much tq it puts out will definitly put it into the high 6s, which will put it in the same performance class as many of the other import family sedans. Very nice ford. Ill be asking about this one this saturday when i go to the NY International Autoshow.
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Old 04-11-2006, 11:42 PM   #4
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I thought that unlike the Milan, the Fusion wasn't getting the D35 next year (2007). A few months ago there was an news story stating Ford had extended manufacturing of the old 3.0L through the 2007 model year.
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Ford's new V-6 catches up to competitors
After years of revving less horsepower, torque, latest Duratec engine matches or beats rivals.
Bryce G. Hoffman / The Detroit News

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Comparing engines
Model 	Displacement 	Horsepower 	Fuel
Lexus ES350	3.5L	272	Premium
Lexus RX350	3.5L	270	Premium
Toyota RAV-4	3.5L	269	Regular
Ford Edge 	3.5L 	265 	Regular
Lincoln MKX	3.5L	265	Regular
Lincoln MKZ	3.5L	263	Regular
Chrysler Pacifica	3.5L	250	Mid-grade
Nissan Murano	3.5L	245	Premium
Honda Pilot	3.5L	244	Regular
Buick Rendezvous	3.6L	242	Regular

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Ford Motor Co. will release final performance figures for its newest V-6 today that demonstrate that the new engine matches or beats those from rival automakers, an important achievement for a company that has lagged behind the competition in terms of engine power for several years.

The new 3.5-liter Duratec 35 is officially rated at 265 horsepower and 250 pound-feet of torque using regular unleaded gasoline. That is 23 more horses than General Motors Corp.'s 3.6-liter V-6 delivers in the Buick Rendezvous and 10 more than the same engine yields in the more pricey Cadillac CTS.

"It puts us right up there at the top, relative to the competition," said Tom McCarthy, program manager for the Duratec 35 project.

The final numbers also are better than Ford had expected. Last year, the company said it expected the new engine to develop 250 horsepower and 240 pound-feet of torque.

"Ford is right on with this," said John Wolkonowicz, a product analyst with Global Insight Inc. "That's what the American buyer wants."

Ford has lagged behind in the horsepower wars since Nissan Motor Co. introduced its 3.5-liter V-6 with variable valve timing and dual overhead cam technology in its 2002 Maxima.

Other automakers were quick to follow suit, but Ford continued to rely on a lackluster 3.0-liter V-6 that was no match for the horsepower of competitors' models.

The Duratec 35 will debut in the Ford Edge, Lincoln MKX and Lincoln MKZ this fall.

It also will be extended to other Ford products, including the redesigned Five Hundred sedan that will be unveiled early next year.

The new engine was supposed to makes its first appearance in the original Five Hundred when it was introduced in 2004. However, development problems delayed the program.

Those problems now have been ironed out, McCarthy said, adding that the new engine uses a much simpler design than similar engines manufactured by Ford's competitors.

"It's a very straightforward, fundamental execution of the basic," McCarthy said. "That helps costs, it helps complexity, and it helps manufacturing, and its helps quality as well."

However, Wolkonowicz said Ford will not be able to rest on its laurels for long.

"If they have a lead, it's going to last months, not years," he said. "But the engine will remain competitive."

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^^^bout time, but even besides their v6 they have been laggin in the horsepower wars, like forever. Their V8s, their 4cyls etc all were and still are somewhat under the competition. I mean even though the mustang was lighter then most of its rivals, it still had significantly less power then them since it made its first debute.
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Hallelujah!! I hope I can get one of these 3.5's in a 2007 Escape! Better late than never I suppose. I want to see what kind of mileage we can get with this engine as well.
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I think this is awesome... Definately peaked my interest in the Fords with V6's!
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^^^^lucky your not stock anymore, b/c if this v6 makes it into the mustang then theyll be hanging with the pre 05 GTs for sure. Oh I also like the fact that it says the engine was made with a vision of putting forced induction on it.....definitly sounds good to put into a mustang as well as a fusion
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Autoblog just clarified.. it was made to accept Direct Injection and Direct Injection Turbo....


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