Saturday, May 23, 2009

Quarter-Mile Run : 2010 Lincoln MKS EcoBoost does quarter-mile in 13.9 seconds

As Ford has been praising their all-new EcoBoost technology, we really want to see how it performs. The first EcoBoost-powered Ford that's on sale is actually the luxury-oriented 2010 Lincoln MKS EcoBoost, that comes with a EcoBoost twin-turbocharged and direct-injection 3.5L V6. Power output is 355 hp and 350 lb/ft of torque. Fuel-economy is estimated at 17/24 mpg (city/highway). So Ford is claims that EcoBoost V6 has "V8 power, with V6 fuel economy." Though, does it really perform as a naturally aspirated V8 engine in reality?

Well, at a drag strip in Milan, Michigan, the motoring press were invited to test the all-new MKS EcoBoost at drag to prove that fuel-efficient cars can be fun and pull good numbers. Best record of the quarter mile time of the MKS EcoBoost comes from Car And Driver, 13.9 seconds @ 104 mph. Edmunds' Inside Line ran the quarter mile in 14-seconds flat @ 104 mph. Autobolg couldn't get the launch right, but still ran the quarter mile in 14.5 seconds @ 105 mph.

To put those figures in perspective with other Ford V8s, the 2006 Mustang-Shelby GT-H from Hertz runs a 13.9 @ 101.1 mph, while the 2010 Mustang GT runs it 13.6 seconds @ 103 mph. Comparing it to other V8 big luxury sedans, both Cadillac STS and Infiniti M45 V8s post 14.4 seconds @ 102 mph quarter-mile times.

So in the end, for a big, luxury, All-Wheel Dive (AWD) heavy sedan that weighs 4,300 pounds (1950 kg), the quarter-mile numbers that the 2010 Lincoln MKS EcoBoost pulls, are very good if not amazing. Can't wait to the 365 hp Ford Taurus SHO, and even the Mustang EcoBoost!

UPDATE -- Car And Driver just added a video of their run! Watch the video below.

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