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GT350 Out, Mach 1 in, Ford's F150 Hybrid Engine Leaked?

The information leaks at Ford look to be continuing.

Evan Williams By: Evan Williams April 3, 2020

The information leaks at Ford look to be continuing. Just weeks after we got some good looks and info about the Bronco Sport, we’re now finding out that Ford is planning a 3.5L engine in the PHEV version of the F-150 and that the automaker will be dropping one historic Mustang trim in favour of another that has us extra curious as to what it will come with.

We’ll start with the Mustang because we don’t want to leave you in too much suspense. It comes from a leaked dealer information sheet posted to EV SUV forum Mach-E Club that decoded the VIN of some of Ford’s latest models. While the Mach-E forum might be most interested in the electric vehicle’s codes, they showed the one for the 2021 regular Mustang.

It shows six series of Mustangs, including the turbo-four coupe and convertible, the V8-powered GT coupe and convertible, and the 5.2L supercharged V8-motivated GT500. What’s missing is the 5.2L flat-crank Shelby GT350, the 8,250 rpm screamer that’s the Mustang you probably want for track use.

In the place of the GT350 is Mach 1. That name was first applied to performance-pack Mustangs back in 1968. It went away in 1978 and returned for about a year in 2003. What could power the new Mach 1? The list of engines shows two different 5.0L V8s, and just one 5.2. We don’t think it’ll be the GT500’s motor, so expect a slightly beefier version of the GT’s 5.0.

The upcoming next-gen F-150 was supposed to launch this year, but as we all know every automaker’s plans completely exploded just a few weeks ago. That’s lead to more leaked documents, this one another VIN decoder that is said to list all of the engines for the new best-selling pickup.

It starts with a 3.3L V6 making 290 hp, then moves to the 2.7L EcoBoost turbo V6 at 325. Then there are two 3.5L V6s mentioned. One the GTDI that’s listed at 375 hp that we expect is the same as the current truck. At the bottom of the list are the 3.0L V6 diesel and 5.0L V8 we already know.

The stand-out is the 3.5L HEV, with a fuel listed as “electric.” We’re not sure if Ford plans a non-turbo 3.5 or is adding electrification to the existing EcoBoost engine, but the latter could end up with well over 400 hp. Or even much more, since Lincoln’s Aviator Grand Touring manages 494 hp from a 3.0L V6 and electric motor. Of course, that last number might be wishful thinking on our part, and it’s not clear if this pickup would be a simple hybrid or a plug-in. We’ll have to wait until later in the year to find out exactly what Ford has in store for the new trucks.

Source: Mach E Club/F-150 Gen 14.com