• The Ford Mustang’s V-8 Is Here to Stay - At Least For Now, Anyway

Nope, Ford is not axing its V-8s

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Yes, car manufacturers are switching to smaller engines aided by forced induction. Some are even electrifying their powertrains, mixing petrol units with e-motors, but that doesn’t mean the V-8’s days are numbered - yet.

Take Ford, for example. According to a report by Ford Authority, the carmaker maintains a positive position as far as V-8s are concerned and has no intention of killing off this particular cylinder configuration in the foreseeable future.

Ford still has faith in its V-8s, but change could be just around the corner

2019 Ford Mustang GT Drivetrain
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Speaking to Kumar Galhotra, FoMoCo Vice President and President of the North American region, Ford Authority found out that Ford is going to keep making V-8 engines. For how long? Well, that’s the tricky question.

Mr. Galhotra was, however, quick to admit that “The transition [from ICE to BEV] is happening before us right now, but when it will happen depends on so many things, like battery costs, fuel cost, and regulation.”

Ford itself has jumped the EV bandwagon with the Mustang Mach-E, but the all-electric SUV counts for just a small fraction of its range, which still relies heavily of V-8s in the U.S. and ICEs in Europe and the rest of the world.

The Ford Mustang's V-8 Is Here to Stay - At Least For Now, Anyway Exterior
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At the time of writing, Ford’s engine lineup included no less than six V-8 powerplants:

  • 5-liter Coyote V-8 - found inside the F-150 and Ford Mustang GT
  • 6.2-liter Boss V-8 - found inside Super Duty models
  • 5.2-liter Voodoo V-8 - found inside the Mustang Shelby GT350
  • 5.2-liter Predator V-8 - found inside the Mustang Shelby GT500
  • 6.7-liter Power Stroke Scorpion V-8 (diesel) - found inside Super Duty models
  • 7.3-liter Godzilla V-8 - found inside Super Duty, F-600, F-650/750, and E-Series models

If we look at Ford (and any other carmaker) from the ’living organism’ standpoint, it’s only natural for them to evolve and adapt in time. The Mustang Mach-E is an early sign of adaptation from Ford, but others will follow, including the all-electric 2022 Ford F-150.

The Ford Mustang's V-8 Is Here to Stay - At Least For Now, Anyway Exterior
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It’s not just industry trends that will make life hard for carmakers specialized in ICEs, V-8s included. California has just announced that come 2035, its residents will not be allowed the purchase of new cars fitted with internal combustion engines, as per Reuters. In other words, the only new cars you’ll be able to buy in California are pure EVs.

Of course, we’re yet to see if this endeavor will happen - after all, 15 years is a long time and a lot can happen. But you can bet that more and more states and countries will (try to) impose such or similar restrictions, forcing carmakers to rethink their engine lineup, regardless of whether it includes V-8 engines or not.

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Ford Mustang GT specifications
Engine 5.0-liter V-8
Transmission 6-speed manual
Power Output 460 @ 7,500 rpm
Torque 420 lb.-ft. @ 4,600 rpm
Driveline Rear wheel drive
Fuel Gas
Fuel Capacity 16.0 gal
Fuel Economy 15/24/18 City/Hwy/ Combined mpg
0-60 mph 4.2
Top Speed 155 mph

Source: Ford Authority

Tudor Rus
Tudor Rus
Assistant Content Manager - Automotive Expert - tudor@topspeed.com
Tudor’s first encounter with cars took place when he was only a child. Back then, his father brought home a Trabant 601 Kombi and a few years later, a Wartburg 353. At that time, he was too young to know how they worked and way too young to drive them, but he could see one thing – each of them had a different ethos and their own unique personality. As time went on, he started seeing that in other cars as well, and his love for the automobile was born.  Read full bio
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