Pete Ruff's Cars & Bikes
On the Edge - The Story of my Ford Edge
Where it all began, my brand new
2014 Edge Limited from Mills McCoy Ford dealer in Fullerton - January 2,
It would soon have white personalized plates PSR EDGE.
When the black and orange 1960s Legacy plates
became available I made the switch. You'll see them below.
When I decided I didn't need my F250 anymore and gave it to my nephew
Scott, I bought this SUV. I actually wanted a white one, because
it would sit out. Leif showed me this black one; it had features I
wanted, higher than a car, push button start, and memory. These
last two features were on my ZO6 Corvette, necessities for me.
Also, it didn't have rails on the roof, which I always think look like
sled runners if the vehicle turns over. HaHa!
It also had cruise control, navigation, a panoramic moon roof, which was
nice, but wasn't important at the time - I quickly came to love that
feature. It had a 3.5 liter V6, with 285 horsepower, 6-speed
automatic Select-Shift transmission that could be shifted with a switch
on the shift lever. It was a very nice car, quiet, decent
handling, and fast enough but not much power on the bottom end.
Like a CBX motorcycle, if I wanted to accelerate quickly, it had to be
in a lower gear.
In early November I watched a video on the CarProUSA's website of Reza Elahi,
one of the Ford Engineers instrumental in developing the ST
Reza's ST Introduction Video,
and thought, "that could be the car for me".
While we were in Fullerton for Thanksgiving, Dan told me
the local Ford dealer had a couple of STs in stock. Late in the
Thanksgiving eve, I said to Ann, I'm going to LOOK at the new ST, do you
want to come. We went to the Ken Grody dealership in Buena
told Anthony who greeted us as we walked up to the door I was
interested in the ST. He only had a grey one, Magnetic in Ford speak.
I looked it over inside and out, and liked it, but it wasn't black. I declined a
test drive because it was getting dark. Anthony had me fill out a
simple 5 line credit app., Ann said she couldn't believe I was doing
that. I told her it's OK. Of course, I was approved but I
wanted a black one, with the $2,700 performance brake package, which wasn't in
stock. Anthony said they had one coming in from the factory which
would take about a month, and they would also try to locate one at a nearby
dealer so the wait wouldn't be as long. I wasn't in a hurry, so that was fine. Oh, one more
thing - I got Anthony to get approval for free delivery to our home when
my car arrived at the dealership.
I signed the papers on November
21st, the new ST arrived at 1AM December 3rd.
December 2nd was an exciting day. Anthony called and told me the
car left the dealership at around 3 o'clock that afternoon.
Anthony made sure the driver had my phone number, and he gave me the
driver's. I knew it would be at least 9 that evening before he
arrived in Cameron Park. The driver called me about 8 o'clock from
Paso Robles! I knew it was at least a 5 hours away, so Ann and I
settled in for a very late night. The driver said he could make
the delivery at 5 AM the next morning, but I told him I had a 7:30
Physical Therapy appointment and that would cut it too close for me.
At 1:00AM, we heard a truck pull up across the street. Looking
out, there was my Edge, on the trailer.
A 2019 black ST without the performance brake package - note silver
My new 2019 ST has just arrived at Ken Grody Ford in Buena Park
Interior still protected with plastic
Here are both Edges in our driveway
2019 & 2014
The black 21" wheels with Pirelli P-Zero tires and the red brake
calipers are part of the performance brake package.
The black grill is one of the identifying features of the ST.
Good Bye faithful Edge
At Cameron Park Lake
The exciting feature of the ST is the twin turbo direct gas injection
2.7 liter V6. This amazing power plant delivers 335 horsepower,
and more impressive, 380 foot pounds at a relatively low 3,250 rpm.
This chart is taken from the 2019 Ford Edge ST Supplement
2.7 DOHC 4V GTDI V6, cast iron
cylinder block, and cast aluminum cylinder heads
Bore & Stroke
3.3 in (83mm) bore X 3.2677 in
164 in³ (2,694 cm³)
335 hp @ 5,500 RPM on 93 octane
380 lb-ft @ 3250 RPM on 93 octane
6250 RPM continuous
6500 RPM three-second overspeed
124 horsepower per liter
Twin independent variable cam
Coil on plug
2.2 inch (57mm)
250 bar fuel pump§
Single scroll / 21 psi max boost*
2.5 in (63.5mm) diameter
* SAE Certified
Performance ratings are achieved with 19.5 psi but up to 21 psi
can be delivered to maximize power depending on fuel quality and
§ 1 bar = 14.5038 psi, 250 bar = 3625.94 psi
The round knob on the center console is the gear shift selector for the
8 speed Select Shift transmission. You just turn the knob for Park,
Reverse, Neutral, Drive. In the middle is the S button - see next
photo for an explanation of the Sport mode.
Behind the shift knob is the Electric Parking brake switch, then the engine
Auto-Start-Stop switch, the Active Park Assist switch, and a switch to
Parking Warning notification. Click the link to see how to defeat
the Auto-Start-Stop feature:
and scroll down for an installation video. I had to watch the
disassembly of the console a few times before I was ready to "destroy"
my new car. It actually went exactly as shown, and Auto-Stop-Start
is defeated unless I want to activate it with the switch.
Ford interior shots of a Blue ST, the interior is identical to my ST
Heated and cooled 10 way power front seats
The car is so well insulated for sound that I thought the horn was
defective. When tooted, it gave off a sick, low frequency note.
In fact, the windshield and front door windows have SoundScreen,
which blocks noise very effectively. When outside the car,
the horn sounds very effective.
A look at the engine
Photo of a display at Folsom Lake Ford - the FOB is mine to show the size
of the rod/piston assembly
Unique shape of piston head optimized for direct gas injection
Main engine block is made of compacted graphite iron, same material as
used in diesel engines for strength. Aluminum ladder frame
supports the block, encloses oil and coolant.
Gold is Graphite Impregnated iron, blue and green are aluminum
Turbo-charger on the exhaust manifold
Another view of the 2.7 engine
This is the fuel pump that supplies fuel to the direct injectors at
Turbochargers mounted on integral exhaust manifolds
These are the turbo-chargers with diaphragm controlled waste gates
This picture explains how boost is controlled to prevent damaging
The Ford power and torque shown in red, GM pushrod engine in green
How it all fits together
2.7 Liter twin turbo V6 on an engine stand
Photos of my ST
My ST's first time out to Cars & Coffee Folsom - from a
Under the hood - Beauty cover in place
Beauty cover close-up
This and the following 4 photos show what the beauty cover is hiding -
Intake manifold in center. The throttle body is the silver object
to the left
Intake pipe leading to the 2.2 inch throttle body. Cam phasers are
controlled by solenoids by the oil filler cap, rear head has the same
setup. Cam timing is adjusted on the fly to give good power
throughout the engine operating range.
Airbox on the right houses the air filter - the two hoses lead to the
two turbo chargers, one per cylinder bank.
Another view showing the maze of wire and hoses for engine control.
Ford has invited us to attend ST SUV Experience in Park City, Utah.
We're looking forward to driving their vehicles at Soldier Hollow.
We are looking forward for a Road Trip in the ST!