Ford Explorer RS could skip EcoBoost for new 700+hp Predator V8
To become the king of SUVs, the Explorer would need at least 290 bhp per tonne.
Instead of using a twin-turbocharged "EcoBoost" V-6, the RS version of the Ford Explorer could share the Mustang Shelby GT500's cross-plane supercharged "Predator" V-8 to defeat the 707hp Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk and 575hp Range Rover Sport SVR.
The Lamborghini Urus already beats the game with 291.8bhp/tonne ((641.1bhp/2197kg)*1000), and the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk keeps up with the Rambo Lambo at 290.6bhp/tonne ((707bhp/2432.6kg)*1000). If the Explorer RS were to retain the same kerb weight as the Explorer ST (which weighs 2132.3 kg), then it would need to produce at least 619bhp. Add another 100 kg (equal to 2232.3 kg), and then it would need at least 648bhp (just one pony more than what the Ford GT produces out of the EcoBoost 3.5-liter V6). Add another 100 kg (now equal to 2332.3 kg), and then it would need at least 677bhp (which is powerful enough to trump the Porsche Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid!).
Honestly, I would not be surprised if it weighed somewhere in the 2270-to-2330-kg range. An RS version should already be heavier than an ST one, considering the additional horsepower, bigger wheels, bigger brakes, a firmly-tuned suspension, and a more-liberal exterior styling of an RS. It should be slightly heavier than the Lamborghini Urus and Maserati Levante Trofeo, but not as porky as the Jeep Trackhawk and Bentley Bentayga.
If the Trackhawk uses the Hellcat's V8, then the RS could use the Shelby's V8.
Hear the rumbling NOISE of the new 2020 Shelby GT500 Mustang!
Make no mistake, we all know that the GT500 will produce at least 755bhp (although Ford is still holding on to that conservative "700+" claim). I'm willing to bet either an even 772 or an odd 785.
With the Explorer RS, however, it should produce more like 730-750bhp; if I were to think the conservative way, then it should definitely produce no less than 670bhp!
Plus, EcoBoosts are everywhere! EVERYWHERE! *tips fedora*
Using this "Tips Fedora" meme describes how nice guys try (and fail) to top themselves in the male algorithm by wanting to be the ultimate of the bunch. EcoBoosts work the same way compliments work on Instagram models; they won't bring up the value.
If the Ford Explorer RS ditched the ST's EcoBoost for the Shelby GT500's Predator (which carries both the GT's cross-plane crankshaft and the GT350's 5.2-liter displacement, with the 2.7-liter supercharger being the most unique), I can guarantee that it would be twice-to-thrice more valuable than the same exact model with an EcoBoost V6 or even an EcoBoost V8 with the same exact horsepower and torque figures.
Considering its lighter curb weight (approximately 5070 lb, versus the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk's 5363 lb), the 680bhp Explorer RS should hit 0-60mph in 3.35sec and complete its first 1/4-mile in 11.45sec at 116mph, outdragging the Jeep Trackhawk by 0.15sec. In comparison, the W12-powered Bentley Bentayga completes the 1/4-mile in an estimated 12.55sec at 119mph with a 0-60mph time of 3.95sec. The Lamborghini Urus completes a 1/4-mile in like 11.6sec at 120mph (note: I used "like" as a slang pun, because Lambo doesn't claim 1/4-mile figures; I could be more liberal or more conservative with these estimates) with a 0-60 time of around 3.4sec.
The Ford Explorer ST looks a bit different and definitely doesn't look like it could produce more than 500bhp. The Explorer ST is the current ultimate Explorer which can keep up with the 392 Hemi versions of the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango.
It also hits 0-60 in 4.1 seconds and weighs 809 lbs less than the Durango and 403 lbs less than the Grand Cherokee (both being the SRT 392 versions), so don't stress!! There'll likely be an even-faster Explorer though, and it will likely hang with the Hellcat/Redeye Durango and Trackhawk Grand Cherokee!