Chevy’s Pushrod LS Crate Engine Finally Has Some Competition From Ford
Ford Now Sells the 7.3-Liter "Godzilla" Pushrod V-8 as a Crate Engineby Ciprian Florea, on
Ford’s iconic pushrod V-8 engine, the Windsor, was discontinued in 2000 after almost 40 years on the market, leaving the Modular engine as the main mill across the entire lineup. From the Mustang to the F-Series trucks, this engine has powered almost every vehicle with a Ford or Lincoln badge since 1990.
The Blue Oval then revived the pushrod engine in 2019 in the form of a 7.3-liter V-8 dubbed Godzilla. Originally offered in the fourth-generation F-250 truck, the mill is now available as a crate engine. And it’s Ford’s long-awaited answer to General Motor’s LS crate engine, also a cam-in-block pushrod design.
The Godzilla V-8 is a workhorse but it can be more than that
The standard 7.3-liter V-8 available in the Ford F-250 truck cranks out 430 horsepower. It might not sound like a lot compared to what else is available out there, but we need to keep in mind that this is a truck engine. It was designed primarily as a workhorse and it delivers 475 pound-feet of torque at 4,000 rpm. It features a diesel-like power band so it can compete with an oil burner without needing the same fuel.
But now that it's available as a crate engine, the Godzilla V-8 is able to reveal its full potential. We don't know how much power it can handle yet, but if GM's LS is any indication, the 7.3-liter should be able to deliver in excess of 600 horsepower.
Chevy’s 7.4-liter LSX, for instance, is good for a whopping 627 horsepower and 586 pound-feet of twist. And that’s before tuning shops stick their noses in. With proper upgrades, the LSX can develop close to 1,000 horsepower.
Ford’s 7.3-liter V-8 could be of the same variety, despite the fact that the official rating of the crate engine is identical to the F-250 Super Duty. Once the performance shops get a hold of it, we will find out how much power and torque it’s capable of once upgraded with high-performance internals.
The Godzilla V-8 could power a wide variety of vehicles
Although it’s marketed as a truck engine, the 7.3-liter V-8 could find its way in smaller vehicles too. Sure, a 7.3-liter mill isn’t exactly small, but the pushrod design makes it more compact than an overhead-cam layout. So chances are it will fit not only in smaller trucks and SUVs, but also in cars.
The Gozdilla engine could be a candidate for the current-generation Mustang, as well as a viable solution for restomods based on classic Ford vehicles.
It could also find its way in vehicles from other brands, just like the Modular V-8. The latter has powered performance cars from Marcos, Panoz, and Koenigsegg. British carmaker TVR opted for the same mill when it designed the Griffith sports car. With a bit of luck, the Godzilla V-8 could also have a future as a racing engine.
The Godzilla V-8 costs less than $10K
Ford offers the 7.3-liter V-8 crate engine at $8,150. The package includes the intake and throttle body, exhaust manifolds, oil pan, ignition coils and wires, and the production flex plate.
Source: Muscle Cars & Trucks