Last month, we reported that Achates Power had developed a 2.7-liter four-cylinder opposed-piston engine, and made an inference that it could make its way as one of the 2019 Silverado’s engines. However, testing for the new engine will begin in a Ford F-150, Ford Authority reported on Wednesday.
Achates Power said the engine will surpass 2025 CAFE regulations with a 37 mpg rating and push 270 horsepower and 450 pound-feet of torque. The oddball engine uses a turbocharger and supercharger to control engine response over variable valve timing and thermal efficiency is allegedly 45 percent. Typical engines only achieve around 25 percent thermal efficiency.
The engine will find its way under the hood of the Ford F-150 later this year, as Achates Power promised in a press release from early 2017. Other development engines are available to other automakers as well. Previously, we connected the dots and made a sound case for the portfolio of 2019 Silverado engines to include the opposed-piston mill. After all, Chevrolet only shared three of the 2019 Silverado’s six powertrains thus far.
And we think the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado will boast a rather revolutionary powertrain somewhere within its six-engine lineup. After all, the pickup fits everything from inline-six diesels to even fuel cells.