"You get peak torque throughout the majority of the engine's operating range," explained Scott Makowski, Ford manager of North American four-cylinder powertrains. "It's available when you accelerate from a stop or merge onto the Interstate, and drivers don't have to wait for the rpm to build before they get exhilarating performance. There's torque - and a lot of it - whenever you need it."
"Ford's direct-injection design cools the air right where it's going to be burned," said Makowski. "Engine breathing and resistance to detonation, or knocking, are all improved."