• Your Next Crate Engine Should Be the Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 "Predator" V-8

Ford has almost confirmed that the Predator crate is happening, but hasn’t provided the specifics yet

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Not too long ago, news of the Godzilla pushrod V-8 arriving in the 2022 Mustang surfaced on the internet. But, it’s time to get over it now, because there’s something even more exciting coming up. According to Ford Authority, the automaker will offer the 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500’s heart as a crate engine. The details surrounding it are still scarce, but this is exciting!

The Predator Mill Could Be Ford’s Most Powerful Crate Engine To Date

Your Next Crate Engine Should Be the Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 "Predator" V-8
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Ford Performance Product Manager, Mike Goodwin, told Ford Authority during the SEMA360 Show, “We’re in early control pack development right now to be able to run the engine. It’s a little simpler setup because it’s not full DI like the Gen 3 Coyote is.”

There is no word on the power output yet, but in the Mustang GT500, the 5.2-liter V-8 mill makes 760 ponies and 625 pound-feet of torque.

Currently, Ford offers the Godzilla, Coyote, 302 Series, 351 Series, Race Series, EcoBoost, and Big Block engines as crate options. In terms of power output, the Big Blocks offer the best, which is 655 horses and 710 pound-feet of torque. If the Predator joins the lineup in the same state of tune as the GT500, it will be the most powerful crate engine from Ford ever.

Predator vs Hellcat – Is This The Ultimate Battle Of The High-Performance Crate Engines?

Your Next Crate Engine Should Be the Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 "Predator" V-8
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The GT500 is the most powerful road-legal car that Ford has ever built. To be able to transplant that heart into any other build is fantastic news.

Mopar recently announced the Hellcrate Redeye engine, which is a 6.2-liter, V-8 HEMI that churns out 807 horses and 717 pound-feet of twist. Priced at roughly around $21,000, it will be more powerful than the Predator crate engine, but the latter is lighter and will occupy less space under the hood, thus making it a slightly better option for folks looking to build sleeper cars.

Even though we don’t have the details for the Predator yet, we speculate it to be slightly cheaper than the Hellcrate and the Hellcrate Redeye engine. Unless Ford plans to pump up the power figures a little, expect it to make the same 760 horses and 625 pound-feet of torque, like in the GT500.

Final Thoughts

Your Next Crate Engine Should Be the Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 "Predator" V-8
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You can expect Ford to let out the details soon, given that FCA and Mopar have revealed all the details about the Predator crate motor’s direct rival, the Hellcrate Redeye.

Hypothetically speaking, if Ford’s mill was priced in the ballpark of FCA and Mopar’s latest product, which muscle car crate engine would you pick – Mustang GT500’s 5.2-liter V-8 that makes 760 horses or the Dodge Challenger Super Stock’s 6.2-liter V-8 that produces 807 ponies? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

Source: Ford Authority

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