I haven’t driven many MTs, and am pretty set on going with the 2.3L MT for fun. But man, test drove the 2.7 in an f-150 and it was NICE... this coming from a 5.3L v-8 Chevy guy
Bronco is a heavy beast 1,000lbs heavier than a mustang and if your going sasquatch you'll have some heavy wheels to turn. Drive a 4 banger jeep then a V6 jeep probably be about equal.I'm interested in the manual with the 2.3 but I hope it's not a dog. My 1997 Wrangler is an old machine with a tractor engine that has only 180 HP (5 speed manual) and is such a slug for daily driving with the high HP even eco cars out there today. I get run over in it all the time But I do love the manual in it.
My 1970 Bronco with a modified 302 and only a 3 speed manual was fast machine though. If the 2.3 is somewhere in between (more towards the 302) the two it might be just fine. I'm still leaning on the 2.7 at this moment. Wish we could test drive to help us make the decision!
You can get other features added to your tune if a/m, such as flat-foot shifting (FFS), launch control with several launch rpms pre-configured, front shutter grill locked in the open position etc. You can log your motor’s performance in most a/m tuners and send this data to the shop, who then adjust your tune to be specific for your engine and driving habits.I believe it adjusts boost, timing and other factors in a computer map.
Other tunes include an air intake, larger downpipe and larger exhaust in combination with a tune to push more air in and through the engine. You also have to add more fuel too.
I think I've seen large numbers like 500hp from this 2.3. Obviously this would be a huge hit in MPG.
Ford wants to balance reliability, economy and power together. You're sacrificing one or the other.
I've done a 2,500 mile trip using our '19 Ranger with almost 700 lbs in the bed and 3,800 lbs being towed, plus two adults putting about 400 lbs of human and gear in the cab.Bronco is a heavy beast 1,000lbs heavier than a mustang and if your going sasquatch you'll have some heavy wheels to turn. Drive a 4 banger jeep then a V6 jeep probably be about equal.
Well the good news is that the 2.7 has a colorful history of turbo failures outside of warranty. And there are two turbos on that motor. It's not a guaranteed failure, but turbos are wear items and the F150 forums has enough folks needing them replaced right around the time warranty goes away to be a talking point.Can't wait to shift gears. Not looking forward to turbo repairs.
Same for me... I want mine to be (only slightly) louder than stock at WOT and have a cool, understated tip appearance. Please share what you'd like see in your 2.3L Bronco.Personally I want a zero drone and slight growl on acceleration. The decel burble would also be nice.