The idea started turning heads around four years ago. It used to be a foregone conclusion that a full-sized American pickup truck would have a V8.
Not so much in 2018, when General Motors announced a four-cylinder option for the Silverado, which CNBC called a “highly unusual move” at the time. Ford was shrinking its EcoBoost engine displacement for the F-150.
It was all in the name of greater fuel efficiency, mostly in the face of Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards. But the companies also wanted to maintain classic pickup performance, torque and all. Ford surprised some when the second-generation Raptor pickup launched with a 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6. With twin turbos attached, it matched the older V8 rating of 450hp.
From pickups on down, engines have shrunk in the name of efficiency. That includes performance models as well. Recently, the maker of the Hellcat V8 told CNBC that even a strong nameplate like that can’t stick around forever.
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