The 2021 model year version of the iconic Ford F-150 may not look all that different at a glance, but beneath the skin lies one of the more impressive mid-life updates in recent pickup truck history. Yet while Ford revealed almost everything about the updated F-150 during the truck's reveal back in June there was one category of information that FoMoCo left as a mystery: just how much power its many, many engines would spit out.
Well, Ford has finally pulled back the veil on the F-150's outputs, and let's just say that Blue Oval fans should be proud of their full-size pickup. In fact, the F-150's most potent engine makes it the most powerful half-ton truck on sale (excluding, of course, those wild high-performance rigs like the Raptor and the Ram TRX).
Perhaps unexpectedly for those not paying attention so far, that class-beating powertrain happens to be a hybrid one. The 2021 F-150's PowerBoost V6 — which combines the twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter six-cylinder with an electric motor and battery — spits out a gnarly 430 horsepower and a mighty 570 lb-ft of torque, enough to overpower every regular non-heavy duty pickup from GMC, Chevy and Ram.
The PowerBoost isn't just the most powerful F-150, though; it's also the version best equipped to take advantage of the truck's new built-in generator feature, called Pro Power Onboard. While other versions can spec a 2.4-kW version as an option, that comes standard on the hybrid — and only the PowerBoost can offer the available 7.2-kW version, which Ford claims can run up to 28 refrigerators at once, should you ever need to run 28 refrigerators at once.
The rest of the lineup isn't slacking off, though. The non-hybrid turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 sees its own output bumped up slightly to a nice round 400 hp and 500 lb-ft, which should be enough to help push even weighty F-150 Limiteds from 0-60 in close to five seconds. The 5.0-liter V8 shared with the Mustang GT matches the 3.5-liter six's 400 horses, and while its 410 lb-ft may not be quite as wild, it's still enough to outmatch the twin-turbo 2.7-liter V6's 400 lb-ft. (Two other factors that should push you towards the V8: the 2.7 only makes 325 hp, and the the eight-pot sounds so much better.)
The suite of engines gives the 2021 F-150 plenty of hauling capacity, as you'd expect. The hybrid rig doesn't actually offer the greatest towing capacity; that honor goes to the regular twin-turbo 3.5-liter truck, which can tow up to seven tons versus the PowerBoost's 12,700 pounds. (We're guessing the added weight of the hybrid system takes a toll on the payload capacity, and in turn the towing capability.)
The 2021 F-150 hits showrooms and streets later this year. As you might expect, we're looking forward to testing out all its cool new features for ourselves very much.