The high-performance Ford Explorer ST certainly enjoys its fair share of aftermarket support, with more than one calibration available at the moment that aim to boost the output of its twin-turbocharged 3.0L V6 EcoBoost powerplant beyond the factory ratings of 400 horsepower and 415 pound-feet of torque. In recent years, that list has grown to include a calibration from Ford Performance itself, as well as Palm Beach Dyno. Now, Cobb Tuning has expanded its own tuning support for the Ford Explorer ST as well, this time, with the newly-released Accessport for that particular family hauler.
Ford Explorer ST owners can now take advantage of Cobb’s Accessport V3, which comes pre-loaded with a number of off-the-shelf (OTS) calibrations, the ability to custom tune to account for most bolt-on modifications, and an OBDII cable. According to Cobb, installation of these custom tunes takes around six minutes in total, with even more OTS tunes available to download via its site as well.
The base tune for this particular application is suitable for use with bolt-ons like free-flowing air filters and exhaust systems, but there are many other choices as well – including ones that improve transmission shift points for additional performance. These tunes range from the base stock map to ones designed to optimize performance on different grades of fuel, as well as enhance towing capability.
On the dyno, Cobb’s 93-octane tune for the Ford Explorer ST resulted in an output of 414.9 horsepower and 482.5 pound-feet of torque versus the stock, baseline ratings of 361.5 horsepower and 437.3 pound-feet, which is rather impressive. Those interested in purchasing the new Cobb Accessport V3 tuner for the Explorer ST can do so right now, at a cost of $725.