Displacement isn’t everything, as tuning garage takes the little 2.7-L V6-equipped F-150 and turns it into something great.
We’ve seen some tuned F-150s, and pretty much all of them have the big 5.0-L Coyote V8 under the hood with varying degrees of supercharging to give it something close to 900 hp. Some decide to go with the 3.5-L twin-turbo V6, which is another fine option. But the 2.7-L EcoBoost? That’s a new one.
It’s not just because the engine is small (Ford calls it the “Nano”, after all), but because the engine has already been given a pair of turbochargers to get it up to 325 hp and 400 lb-ft of torque. That’s certainly sufficient for most pickup owners, but the presence of those turbos makes one think that this engine has already been tuned to within an inch of its life.
5 Star Tuning disagrees with that assessment. They saw the 2.7-L Nano V6 and thought to themselves, “We can make it better.” So they went out and bought a 2018 Ford F150 STX Crew Cab 4x2, tossed out the stock turbochargers, and then gave it a bunch of other upgrades.
The full list includes new Stage 3 CR Performance turbos, new S&B air intake, MagnaFlow exhaust with single 3-inch tip, a 3.55 ratio rear axle, new Mishimoto intercooler, SPD downpipes and mid pipes, all-new Hi-Flo catalytic converters, and an E30 fuel mix tune. That’s 30% ethanol, 70% gasoline, in case you were wondering.
Stock, the 2.7-L Nano provided 310 hp and 379 lb-ft of torque to the rear wheels, which makes it a remarkably efficient powertrain. After the 5 Star treatment, the same truck now makes 540 rear-wheel hp and 550 lb-ft of torque at 3,850 rpm.
Not only does the truck sound like a sports car, but it also performs like one. 5 Star fitted their pickup with Hoosier drag radials and took it to the strip where it ran a 12.34-second quarter-mile at 113 mph. If they’d decided to grab a single-cab instead of a crew cab, we’re certain that they would have broken into the 11-second range.