Ford’s Massive 7.3-Liter V8 Fits Into the Mustang, F-150
The 2020 Ford F-Series Super Duty will introduce the world to an all-new 7.3-liter V8 that’s expected to be the most powerful in the heavy-duty truck segment. If a hint from a Ford spokesman has any meat behind, this new V8 may not stop at the Super Duty.
Motor Authority reports that Ford spokesman Mike Levine noted at the 2019 Chicago Auto Show how the 7.3-liter V8 just so happens to fit in the Ford Mustang and the Ford F-150. While the fact that the 7.3-liter V8 is a cast-iron block would likely make it too heavy to drop into a Mustang, Levine seemed fairly confident that someone would try their hand at making it work for the 2019 SEMA Show. Because someone almost certainly is going to do just that, and if it works, it could be bonkers.
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It might, however, make an interesting choice for a future F-150 Raptor. The Raptor is currently only offered with a high-output 3.5-liter twin-turbo EcoBoost V6, which makes a best-in-class 450 horsepower and 510 lb-ft of torque. Thought performance figures have not yet been revealed for the 2020 Ford F-Series Super Duty, the 7.3-liter V8’s output will likely be significantly higher.
For what it’s worth, the 10-speed TorqShift automatic paired with the 7.3-liter V8 is based on the 10-speed automatic featured in both the current Mustang and F-150 Raptor. Still, given the Mustang’s general focus on handling and performance dynamics — and the impending launch of the 700-plus-horsepower Mustang Shelby GT500 — Ford seems more likely to give the next new Mustang a second EcoBoost engine than a meaty, ultra-heavy V8.
News Source: Motor Authority