Is the BOSS a Boo Boo
I have been questioning lately why Ford has introduced the BOSS range of motors. It seems that this engineering exercise was undertaken to cater for "Aussies" preference for good old fashion normally aspirated horsepower.
For as long as I can remember cars that used forced induction were deemed to generate pretend horsepower and laughed at (until the next traffic light). With the Barra240T engine we have seen how turbocharging has taken a good engine and delivered stunning performance, with the potential for good power gains aftermarket.
Now back to the quad cam V8. It's a nice engine, but one that seems a bit limited in future potential. I don't think it can be bored or stroked to increase capacity.The redline would be close to what is achivable with modest engine mods, due to the stroke of the motor. The camshafts do not run VCT. It's heavy and is a bit of a tight fit. It also cost a few dollars to engineer in it's current configuration. I would think that future increases in horsepower will be in small increments as opposed to the Barra240T.
What are the alternatives. I think in NA form the Barra220 3 valve engine could be made to perform well. I also think that development dollars should have been put into this engine and utilise a low pressure turbocharger setup or even supercharging for the XR and GT. I believe this where Ford should have sunk it's development money instead of the quad cam BOSS.
I may be wrong, but I am interested to know what you think.