Introduced with the unveiling of the seventh-generation Fiesta in February 2017, the L Dragon is an all-aluminum plant with cylinder deactivation technology. In other words, it runs on two cylinders when the situation calls for it, thus saving fuel. Thanks to an integrated exhaust manifold and the combination of port-fuel and direct-fuel injection, the L Dragon also happens to be quite an engineering marvel.
In addition to the Fiesta ST, Ford of Europe offers the 1.5-liter EcoBoost derived from the 1.0-liter EcoBoost in the all-new Focus. Two states of tune have been announced, packing 150 and 182 PS (148 and 180 horsepower). In the Focus, the L Dragon can be matched with the standard stick shift and optional eight-speed auto.
There’s a rumor in the automotive realm that says the L Dragon will find a further application in the Focus ST, replacing the 2.0-liter EcoBoost of the previous generation. In the sports-tuned compact car, the 1.5-liter three-cylinder is expected to develop 275 PS, translating to 271 horsepower.
And that’s a crazy horsepower-per-liter ratio when you think about it. More to the point, it’s 183 PS or 181 horsepower per liter, almost matching the 3.9-liter twin-turbo V8 in the Ferrari 488 Pista.
Whatever the future holds for the Ford Motor Company in terms of internal combustion, bear in mind the 2022 to 2025 model year fuel economy standards are knocking on the doors of U.S. automakers. On the other hand, the Shelby GT500 is right around the corner, complete with a 5.2-liter supercharged V8 that churns out more than 700 horsepower.