In looking around the Motor City, General Motors may have noticed the success Ford has found with its 3.5L EcoBoost V6 in the very popular F-150 pickup. With 365 horsepower, 420 pound-feet of torque and 23 highway miles per gallon, it’s easy to see why the twin-turbocharged mill caught on. In fact, 53 percent of all F-150 sales in 2012 featured a V6; alas, we’ve been told not to expect a rival to the EcoBoost powertrain with the all-new 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and GMC Sierra 1500 pickup trucks.
Even so, GM pulled the sheet off its new LF3 engine today – a twin-turbocharged 3.6L V6 engine with 420 horsepower and 430 pound-feet of torque set to first be available in the third-generation Cadillac CTS, with other models following shortly after. The power output and the promise of minimal sacrifices in fuel economy has definitely intrigued us to entertain the thought of such an engine in GM’s all-new half-ton trucks.
We’re sure GM has something up its sleeve to become the next segment leader in pickup truck fuel economy, with or without the use of the LF3. But those very V8-like power numbers in the new engine make a compelling case to actually use the new boosted mill in the trucks. So, if GM did offer the LF3 twin-turbo V6 in its latest line of pickups, would you be happy with that? Or would you find it to be moot?
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