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Hot twin-turbo three-pot engine will be used in sporty Fords

Ford’s extraordinary new 1.0-litre turbocharged engine could soon be available in high-performance Fords, with a power output as high as 177bhp.

The tiny three-cylinder engine is likely to feature twin sequential turbocharging to boost its output from an already impressive 123bhp to as much as 177bhp – an unprecedented figure for such a small engine.

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“It’s a stretch, but possible,” said Gunnar Herrmann, the vehicle line director for the Focus, in which the three-cylinder 1.0-litre engine will shortly make its debut.

Ford is believed to have a functioning prototype of a high-output version of this engine already. It is thought to be using an electric supercharger in the role of the small turbocharger, which hands over power to another turbocharger from the 1.6-litre Ecoboost engine.

The 1.0-litre unit is tipped for use in a performance version of the Focus positioned some distance below the forthcoming 247bhp Focus ST.

Herrmann also confirmed that, by 2015, the 1.0-litre Ecoboost will have entirely replaced Fordís normally aspirated 1.6-litre, four-cylinder motors in most regions of the world.

In the UK, the 1.0-litre Ecoboost will supplant the non-turbo 1.6-litre this year.

“We know there might be some resistance from customers asked to go from a 1.6 to a 1.0,” said Herrmann, “but only until they drive it.”

Andrew Frankel

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antwan 14 June 2013

I love revvy little 3

I love revvy little 3 cylinders! My brother's Suzuki Cappuccino hilarious! Bring it on Ford. Smile

BriMarsh 23 February 2012

Re: Ford 1.0 ‘to get 177bhp’

Lesia44 wrote:
So you don't think they've had two dozen or more of these in cars being tested in the real world for the last year and a half? Sorry, what were you saying about spectacular naivety?
No, I didn't say that. Of course they have, it wasn't me who introduced lab testing as some kind of longevity guarantee though. What I'm concerned about - to repeat my original post for the avoidance of doubt - how many posters would be prepared to buy one at 10 years old with 120,000 miles and five owners under it's belt? You'll concede Ford can not simulate that nor as 24JTD said ten years of cold starts, missing service intervals, being fillled with whatever oil is cheapest etc. If a year and a half's testing found out evrything, no car would ever go wrong, ever.

Fidji 23 February 2012

Re: Ford 1.0 ‘to get 177bhp’

I'm with you, Steven! You make a good point. Ford, and many other manufacturers before you start thinking I'm bashing Ford, will NEVER own up to a fault with their cars being their fault.