Update: new information has come to light suggesting that a Ford 4.8L V8 engine will not be available in the next-gen Ford F-150. Details are available here.
The upcoming fourteenth-generation 2021 Ford F-150 is coming in hot, and some have pointed out that The Blue Oval’s bread-and-butter truck will pack a brand-new 4.8L V8 engine. Here’s all the information that we’ve been able to compile about the rumors new engine.
Speculation that the next-gen 2021 Ford F-150 would receive a new 4.8L V8 stretches back to a 2016 Reuters piece, when Ford was tipped to invest $447 million in its Windsor, Ontario engine plant. The investment was intended to update the plant’s existing V8 production lines, while creating a provision for extra assembly capacity for a new fuel-efficient motor believed, believed by Reuters to be the new 4.8L V8.
Since then, we haven’t heard anything concrete about the Ford 4.8L V8, but some have posited that the new motor will arrive as a replacement for the current 5.0L Coyote V8 in the F-150, which is currently offered an an option in the XL, XLT and Lariat trim levels, while being standard on King Ranch and Platinum trims. Currently, the Ford F-150 Raptor and F-150 Limited models don’t offer the 5.0L V8 engine, instead making do with the high-output version of Ford’s twin-turbo 3.5L EcoBoost V6.
Peak output for the five-oh is rated at 395 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque, with notably features including twin independent variable cam timing (Ti-VCT) and direct fuel injection. The Coyote V8 is also offered with a CNG/Propane Gaseous Engine Prep Package that enables it to run on compressed natural gas.
Fuel mileage varies depending on the drivetrain configuration, but runs as high as 23 mpg on the highway, 17 mpg in the city, and a combined 19 mpg when equipped in rear-wheel-drive models.
Applying basic logic of powertrain progression to the rumored 4.8L V8 for the 2021 Ford F-150, one could expect the new mill to be more power-dense than the current 5.0L Coyote, offering greater peak horsepower and torque numbers, along with improved fuel mileage to boot. In fact, some reports have stated that the naturally-aspirated eight could make around 420 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque. A four-valve, Dual Overhead Cam design with advanced direct injection is a given.
Ford’s new 10-speed automatic transmission should do the shifting duty.
|Displacement:||4.8L / 2.92 cu. in.|