Talk about taking things back to the old days.
Remember the good old days? You know, the 7.0-liter V8 Cobra Jet and the Boss 429 Mustang. According to this latest rumor from Motor Authority, we may soon relive those good old days of massive V8 muscle cars.
This week, Ford revealed the 2020 Super Duty to the world, complete with a brand new 7.3-liter gas V8 engine. You know where we’re going with this, right? Ford spokesperson Mike Levine told Motor Authority that massive engine would fit in the Ford F-150 as well as the Mustang. Ford hasn’t released power figures on that engine yet, but you know it will go well and beyond the 5.0-liter’s 460 horsepower and 420 lb-ft of torque.
Mind you, putting a truck engine in a car wouldn’t present an easy challenge. The 7.3-liter unit is a truck engine, with a good old cast iron block. Levine said that wouldn’t be ideal for the Mustang, and we can’t help but agree. These days, the Mustang is just as concerned with handling as it is with out-and-out pavement shattering brute force.
More likely, the engine would make its way into a truck. Something like, say, the F-150 Raptor. That would be a spectacularly popular decision. Particularly after the F-150 Raptor dropped its 6.2-liter V8 in favor of the twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6, this could be one hell of a comeback tour. It did pick up a 10-speed automatic transmission, a variant of which is what the 2020 Ford Super Duty also uses with that 7.3-liter V8. However, this is strictly a rumor at this point.
Regardless of whether it happens in the F-150 or the Mustang, one thing is clear. When you tell someone, “Oh, it’ll fit” you know 10,000 people just made it a goal to stick that massive V8 in their Mustangs. Even Levine concedes someone will likely show up at SEMA this year or next with a 7.3-liter Mustang.
If that’s the case, we can’t wait for the next SEMA to hit Las Vegas. Stay tuned to TFLcar.com for more updates!
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