• Ford’s Duratec V6 engine among "Ward’s 10 Best Engines"


Company’s all-new 3.5-liter Duratec 35 V-6 engine has been named among "Ward’s 10 Best Engines" by Ward’s Auto World. The annual 10-best list was released Tuesday in Detroit and for the third consecutive year also included Ford’s 4.6-liter, 3-valve V-8.

"This is an exceptional accomplishment and a testament to our powertrain development process." said Barb Samardzich, vice president, Ford Motor Company, Powertrain Product Development Operations. "The 3.5-liter engine class is one of the most competitive in the industry, so it is high praise to have our new engine stand out and be among the 10 best in the industry."

Ford Motor Company’s new 3.5-liter V-6 engine is officially rated at 265 horsepower on 87 octane regular grade fuel, allowing customers to enjoy the engine’s smooth and ample power with less pain at the pump. The engine is the standard and exclusive engine offered in the new Ford Edge and Lincoln MKX crossovers, hitting dealerships soon, and the Lincoln MKZ sedan, on sale since October with an MSRP starting at $29,890. Many competitors require more expensive mid-grade or premium fuels to achieve their top ratings.

At the same time, the new V-6 was designed to grow and, as necessary, be compatible with direct injection and turbocharged direct injection technology, which leaves open the possibility of even higher power and torque output in the future.

The Duratec 35 V-6 is produced at Ford’s Lima Engine Plant in Lima, Ohio.

Joining the Duratec 35 on the annual Ward’s list is Ford’s 4.6-liter 3-valve V-8. This is the third consecutive year the Ford 4.6-liter has made list. The 3-valve technology in the 4.6-liter V-8 offers improved power coupled with better fuel efficiency and reduced emissions. The 4.6-liter is the powerplant of choice for the Ford Mustang GT and Mustang Shelby GT, in addition to the Ford Explorer, Explorer Sport Trac and Mercury Mountaineer, demonstrating the flexibility of the engine. It is part of Ford’s modular V-engine series that also includes the 5.4-liter V-8 in the Ford F-series, Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator and the 6.8-liter V-10 in the F-series Super Duty.

The 4.6-liter, 3-valve V-8 is built at Ford’s Romeo Engine Plant in Romeo, Michigan.

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