Ford is coming out with new V6 and V8 engines displacing 3.5 and 4.4 liters respectively. The 3.5 V6 will see duty in the new Fusion clones as well as the Fivehundred and future spinoffs at Lincoln. The 4.4 V8, although the same diplacement as the Jag and Rover V8 is actually a version fo the Volvo XC90's V8, which originated in the last generation Taurus SHO. Yamaha built and designed, it is necessary for the future Lincolns and crossover SUVs.
Word is that the 3.5 Dura Tec V6 will put out 250 hp, impressive right? Well, good but not great. Why is it that Nissan's 3.5 V6 puts out a minimum of 265 hp and as much as 280 hp and Ford just shoots for the middle ground? The 3.5 will be the engine for premium level cars and crossovers. To compete in that class against cars like the Maxima and crossovers like the Murano, Ford needs to shoot for 275 or higher.
Now the 4.4 Yamaha SHO/Volvo V8 should put out around 310 hp, respectable and 10hp more than the Mustang, but is it enough? With the competition having such powerfull V6 and V8 engines, is this a case of Ford playing it safe?
Ford seems to set their sites squarely on the middle ground. I guess there's safety there. The real test will be how Ford controls quality and prevents recalls on these new engines.