Oh, Wait, Scratch That: No 4.8-Liter V8 for the 2021 Ford F-150
Last week, Ford Authority reported that the next-generation Ford F-150 would not likely receive the 5.0-liter Coyote V8. Per FA, a 2016 investment in Ford’s Windsor Engine and Essex Engine plants seemed poised to pave the way for a new 4.8-liter V8 engine as well as the recently revealed 7.3-liter V8 that will join the 2020 F-Series Super Duty lineup.
Three days removed from its original report, Ford Authority walked back the idea of the 4.8-liter V8 being offered with the 2021 Ford F-150, citing “new information.”
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Per Ford Authority‘s article published Tuesday:
As is often the case with rumors and speculation about future product, this new [sic] contradicts earlier reports that the existing 5.0L Coyote V8 would get tossed in favor of a new, more-power-dense 4.8L V8 unit with the debut of the 2021 Ford F-150.
Ford Authority did not offer any additional elaboration on the new information that has come to light since the Aug. 24 story. It was written that “such an engine was never even in development,” which is contradicts Reuters’ original report from 2016 that directly names a 4.8-liter V8 as being in development.
In November 2016, Reuters wrote that two sources had claimed a C$600 million investment in the Windsor Engine and Essex Engine would be used in part to produce “a 4.8-liter V8 for the F-150 pickup truck.” The remainder would “go toward production of a new fuel-efficient large engine, not yet named by Ford, for such ‘super-duty trucks’ as the F-250.” The latter, it turns out, is the best-in-class 7.3-liter V8 that will debut with the upcoming Super Duty.
Strangely enough, Ford Authority first reported the replacement of the 5.0-liter Coyote V8 on Dec. 19, 2016, only to walk that report back 18 days later.
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