On August 24, 2009, Motortrend and Automobile Magazine conducted a one-of-a-kind race up Loveland Pass.
Loveland Pass, elevation 11,990 ft (3,650 m). (3655 m) above sea level, is a high mountain pass in the Rocky Mountains of central Colorado, U.S.A..
It is located on the Continental Divide in the Front Range west of Denver. U.S. Route 6 traverses the pass; the twisty road is considered to be especially treacherous during the winter months. A steep, steady 6.7% grade, along with numerous hairpin turns on either side, make it difficult to snowplow the road regularly.
The race was between one of the best European ever made cars – or maybe supercars – a Mercedes Benz E550, a Maserati Quattroporte, a BMW 550i, and a Jaguar XF Premium 5L V8 – against…a 6-cynlinder Lincoln MKS.
The Lincoln MKS is a good fit for the EcoBoost technology because luxury buyers not only want the power, power the EcoBoost V6 has to spare, they’re also willing to pay for the premium.
The 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 is expected to attain fuel economy numbers of 16 mpg city and 25 mpg highway based on preliminary testing of the all-wheel-drive 2010 Lincoln MKS while producing an estimated 355 horsepower at 5,700 rpm and 350 lbs.-ft. of torque at 3,500 rpm.
The race itself is not a straight line story, but a climb up one of the highest passes in America, with the winner determined by the treacherous, winding road with thousand-foot drop-offs and torturous hairpin turns.
The results? Check out the video and see for yourself what the new Ecoboost engine is capable of.