Archives for September 12th, 2013

Project Ugly Horse: Part VIII

Now With More EcoBoost There's an EcoBoost 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder in there somewhere, and it's headed straight for Ugly Horse. For the second time in my life, I'm staring at an engine in the back of a truck with no concept of how to get it safely into the garage by my lonesome. The first time this happened, I dragged home a $300 International 345 V8 in the back of my Scout Terra only to discover that ...

Dissecting the 2013 Ford Focus ST’s Powertrain

The 2013 Ford Focus ST’s engine is quite a beast. The all-aluminum, turbocharged 2.0-liter four develops an impressive 252 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque. The soon-to-be-replaced, sixth-generation Volkswagen GTI’s engine is of similar spec but is only rated at 200 hp and 207 lb-ft of torque. The powerful Ford also carries excellent EPA fuel economy numbers: 23 mpg city and 32 mpg highway. On paper, this is an impressive powertrain. But as with any engine, ...