New Ford Six-Speed Transmission to be Paired With EcoBoost V6
by KBB.com Editors | February 18, 2009 1:56 PM
When Ford's new turbocharged and direct-injected EcoBoost V6 engine makes its debut in the 2010 Lincoln MKS this spring, it will be mated to a revised six-speed SelectShift automatic transmission. The current six-speed auto that resides in a number of Ford, Lincoln and Mercury vehicles works well with the normally aspirated 3.5-liter V6 engine it's connected to, but it can only handle up to 300 horsepower and about 280 pound-feet of torque. The new transmission uses the same structural design as the existing one, but will be able to handle the EcoBoost's 355 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque thanks to stronger internal components and materials. It also offers better fuel economy --thanks to optimal gear and final drive ratios to compliment the aforementioned EcoBoost power output -- and a SelectShift feature that gives the driver the option of shifting gears. Look for this transmission in the upcoming Ford Flex, Lincoln MKS and MKT, and also as the only transmission offered in the forthcoming Ford Taurus SHO.