TFLtruck crew was very curious about how the new 2.7L EcoBoost V6 will behave at the Ike Gauntlet extreme towing test when loaded to the maximum. Finally, here is the new aluminum 2015 Ford F-150 SuperCab Lariat 4×4 with the “baby” EcoBoost.
The twin-turbocharged engine produces a healthy 325 horsepower and 375 lb-ft of torque @ 3,000 rpm. This truck is equipped with the 3.55 rear axle ration and is rated at a maximum 7,600 lbs of towing and 12,700 lbs of total GCWR for the truck, people, and trailer. The maximum payload rating for this configuration is 1,740 lbs. You can get the ratings a little higher if you choose the 3.73 rear axle.
As the ratings go, we did not have much choice. We selected the load to max out the GCWR. We could not tow a 10,000 lbs trailer as we did with some of the other top-of-the-line light duty pickup trucks. That’s OK, this load and GCWR is nearly identical to when we towed the “Diamond in the Rough” Lincoln.
|2015 Ford F-150|
|Model||SuperCab Lariat 4×4|
|Power (hp / lb-ft)||325 / 375|
|Tow Rating (lbs)||7,600 (3.55 axle)|
|Test Load (trailer + cargo + ppl)||7,700 lbs|
|Suspension Sag||2 in|
|Ambient Temp F||36F|
|Relative Humidity||Low (30%)|
|Barometric Pressure (at top)||19.76 inHg|
|Calculated Power Loss||N / A|
|Up: Interior dB||N / A|
|Up: Transmission Temp||normal|
Take a look at this detailed TFLtruck Ike Gauntlet HD video, featuring the 2015 Ford F-150 2.7L EcoBoost.
Also, check out Ike Gauntlet results for all trucks.
Andre Smirnov is a life-long automotive enthusiast, writer, reporter, and software engineer. He has been writing and reporting at TFL since 2011.