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2018 Ford F-150 2.7L EcoBoost Gets New Turbos


We’ve talked a few times about the folks over at 5-Star Tuning. These are the guys who put hands on the 2020 Ford Explorer ST and coaxed over 400 horsepower from it at the wheels with nothing but a tune. If you looked at their tune only results and wondered what they could do with some mods along with their tune, check this out.

5 Star Tuning has taken a 2018 Ford F-150 STX crew cab that has the 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 underhood making 325 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque stock and modded it for loads more horsepower. The first step of their power project was to tune the 2018 Ford F-150 with an E30 fuel blend tune and see what the truck could do with stock turbos.

The result of tuning with stock turbos was 310 horsepower and 379 pound-feet of torque. The truck was then modified with larger turbos and other goodies to see what the truck could make. The mods included CR Performance Stage 3 turbos. The exhaust system was a Magnaflow 3-inch diameter single pipe exhaust SPD mid-pipe with resonator, Hi-FLO catalytic converters, and an EPD downpipe. The 2018 Ford F-150 also has a Mishimoto intercooler and S&B performance air intake.

The tune was for an E30 blend that has 30 percent ethanol and 70 percent gas. The results of the tuning and mods was 540 horsepower and 550 pound-feet of torque. We rather hope to see the guys take the truck down to the drag strip and show us what all that new power results in as far as quarter-mile times. We’ve seen a 5.0-liter supercharged Ford F-150 beat up on all sorts of vehicles at the track we wonder if this EcoBoost could do the same.

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Source: 5 Star Tuning


Shane is a car guy with a fondness for Mustangs and off-roading.

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  1. BoDuke

    Pretty impressive. I don’t wanna be Debbie Downer but how long will the engine live at that power level and what would the pump gas numbers be? That’s impressive for a V6 pickup for sure but not exactly trailer queen track only numbers and mixing fuel for every tank is for Banshees not the truck hauling them.

    1. Roger Spears

      Motor should last 100k of nomalish driving even at this power level. Intervals are pretty stout from factory. Just comes down to maintenance and how often do you really even beat on it. Gas you can expect about 10-15% less in torque and hp. Mixing gas is a lot easier than youd believe. For e30 most people run the math of how much e85 to add with a fillup on 91 or 93oct. I usually add about 3-4gal of e85 and get close to e30. Being within even 10% is fine. Just check after if you’re on the e31+ side and if you’re at e30 then it’s just running rich anyways and should have plenty of octane not to detonate. Easy to flash tunes in minutes to run pump gas for daily driving. I doubt this truck is a trailer queen since its full interior. Most people love to mod and still use for street on these kinda vehicles. I would still recommend a safer tune for towing stuff that an all out hp one which I’m sure the owner does.

  2. Ford Owner

    This is another “nail in the coffin” for the V8. I had two cars with V6 engines and they all ran well for all around driving, and my present Fusion only has a 2.0L I4, so the V8 will become only useful for old school drivers. And with the new hybrid coming, where the electric motor can add a torque boost with high efficiency, we may not see a factory V8 anymore.

  3. Robert

    I agree that with good maintenance the motor should last. I have the 2018 3.5 and it’s a very good engine especially since ford worked out a lot of kinks from the 1st gen. I plan on taking mine to gearhead tuning here in Texas for 2 main reasons. 1 I live close by and I want them to do it. 2 They retain the auto octane sensor features with their tunes so you don’t have to keep worrying about changing tunes based on what fuel you just pumped.


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