September 29, 2011

Flexible five-cyl motor with 470Nm of torque

What a cracker of an engine. Developed by Ford-PSA, the 3.2 litre turbo diesel produces 147kW but more important, 470Nm of torque anywhere between 1500rpm and 2750rpm. That wide range of peak torque allows you to do silly things with the manual, like start off in third. In fact, third really is a hero all-purpose gear. The other thing is that it puts Ford at the head of the torque race that’s been going on among ute manufacturers, at least until Nissan gets the (probably expensive) 550Nm Navara into its local pipeline.

Engineer discusses the new engine.

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