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Ford F-150 Raptor Will Get A V8: Exclusive

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The current Ford F-150 Raptor is a beast with its high-output 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine making an impressive 450 horsepower and 510 pound-feet of torque. The high-output EcoBoost engine certainly isn’t lacking on the performance front, but some Raptor customers miss the V8 character, along with the associated engine and exhaust notes delivered by first-generation F-150 Raptor truck. Luckily, they won’t have to miss it for much longer.

Sources familiar with Ford product plans speaking to Ford Authority on the basis of anonymity said that the Ford F-150 Raptor is currently testing with an eight-cylinder engine for an upcoming ultra-high-performance version of the truck. Which eight-cylinder engine such a model will receive is unknown, but the two front-runners are the supercharged 5.2L Voodoo V8 from the Mustang Shelby GT500 as well as the 7.3L V8 Godzilla that will soon become available in the 2020 Ford Super Duty. Let’s dig into the juicy details.

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Back in March, we reported on a rumor that the Ford F-150 Raptor was going to get the supercharged 5.2L V8 from the 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500. That engine is expected to make somewhere north of 700 horsepower, though Ford has yet to release the official figures.

By comparison, very little is currently known about the 7.3-liter V8 engine besides its code-name, Godzilla, and the fact that it utilizes an OHV (OverHead Valve) layout. The only concrete info that Ford has released about the new V8 for the F-Series Super Duty is that it will be “the most powerful [gasoline] V8 in its class.”

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Our sources gave no details on specifications for the engine if it were to land in the F-150 Raptor, but said that it would be safe to assume that the massive eight-banger would offer more power and torque than the High-Output 3.5L EcoBoost V6. In other words, a Ford F-150 Raptor with the 7.3-liter Godzilla V8 engine would make at least the 450 horsepower and 510 pound-feet of torque currently produced by the 3.5L EcoBoost HO in the F-150 Raptor.

It’s worth noting that the 7.3-liter V8 can fit under the hood of the Mustang, but the motor is meant for truck duty, rather than sports cars… though one could argue that the Ford F-150 Raptor splits the gap between sports car and a pickup truck.

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In any event, Ford is definitely testing the F-150 Raptor with a V8 engine. Whether it’s the supercharged 5.2L Voodoo or the atmospheric 7.3L Godzilla is currently unknown.

Whatever V8 ends up under the hood of the Raptor, it will be offered alongside the HO 3.5L EcoBoost, rather than replacing it outright, thereby creating an ultra-high-performance version of the Raptor. We like the sound of that, don’t you?

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Written by Shane McGlaun

Shane is a car guy with a fondness for Mustangs and off-roading.

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  1. You mean the one that won lemans four times in a row? Ford old and new stuff is to be enjoyed! And the V8 from the 50s aside from the flat head was the Y block in the 292ci-353ci range. The 7 liter stuff came in the 60s and that engine in the Ford GT40 beat all comers all night long. Thank s

    • Kelvin totally agree, Yes Ford has an amazing History of V8 engines & some/lots of very proud racing memories . The GT40 wins of the 60’s were amazing too. Those wins like the OHV engines are both” history”, now. I see the latest FORD GT didn’t use OHV push-rod engines, either.
      An OHV engine reminds me of a top Athlete>with a sprained ankle.! Cheers.

    • Just because it was a good design 50 years ago doesn’t mean it can compete now. Even the new Corvettes are going DOHC.

      • Good point there H F the T the Auto-World has just simply moved on but its hear-say the new Corvette will run a DOHC engine. They too proud not to keep running their OHV “Tractor” engine.

  2. @Steve J:

    The new 7.3l powerplant is quite possibly the most trick OHV of our generation: huge bore spacing, camshaft located high in the block, and cylinder heads that best any current OEM wedge offering.
    Or… We could just say it’s lame because it’s OHV. ?

    • Drummer Steve> OK if OHV push-rod 2 valve is so wonderful why has virtually every car man./designer, in the USA & around the world, has long moved on from it.!?

      • ZL1, ZR1, Stingray, SS, Z/28, Hellcat, SRT-392, CTS-V, 5.7L Hemi V8, GM 5.3L, GM 6.2L Truck engine, all happen to be pushrod V8 engines (some of those cars are pretty high ranking sports cars) and NASCAR engines are ALL PUSHROD V8s (including the Toyota NASCAR V8 engine). alot of your race engines are pushrod v8 engines. Ford is the only USA manufacturer doing a OHC engine while everyone else still uses pushrod engines. There are a lot of things in this world that don’t stick around very long but the Pushrod V8 has been around since the 50s. And if everyone has moved on from it, why do they make LS swap kits for EVERYTHING and not Modular swaps for everything? People argue that OHC engines are better because the Rev higher, yet a 1969 Camaro Z/28 with the Chevrolet 302 (yes chevy made a 302 in the Z/28 from ’67-’69) could rev into the 7000rpm range. Granted it lacked torque but so do modular engines. A pushrod engine is simpler (even with high tech) more compact, easier to work on and has a few more advantages over a OHC engine when it really comes to performance. Dont get me wrong, I love the mustang 5.0L Coyote. It’s an awesome engine, and a fairly trouble free mill, I’d prefer a modern pushrod engine myself, but that’s just me.

  3. I think the 7.3 Godzilla engine would be great! It would take a lot of hardcore duty to make that beast flinch.

  4. It’s about dag on time! The 3.5L Ecoboost V6 belongs in the ranger along with the 3.0L twin turbo and the 2.3L Turbo. Mustangs and Trucks should have V8 engines, the Explorer should have a V8, the Expedition should have a V8, Ford should have a 4-door sedan stablemate to the mustang (CD6 RWD/AWD) with a V8. Even if they are smaller displacement 4.0L twin turbo and 4.4L twin turbo Ecoboost V8 engines, That whole lineup should have V8 engines.

    • See where your coming from vbondjr1. The thought of a 4 door RWD/AWD Mustang as well as perhaps Lincoln having their own V8TT , would be sensational & a little more individual. Yeah.

  5. I’m old school and that big 7.3L OHV V8 is king….But at the end of the day, it would make sense to have a choice of either DOHC or OHV V8 engines….Just my view anyway….FORD V8 POWER

  6. The new 7.3 is far from a relic friends. This motor will be an absolute tank. N/A an educated guess would be 440+ hp and 510+ torque also the motor is already setup for boost. A raptor with this engine will be an animal.

  7. Which engine is lighter? For an off-road machine, I’d think weight would be one of the most important considerations (part of the reason the Power Wagon has never had a Cummins).

    • The engine will probably weigh sub 600 lbs. It’s a hair longer than the 6.2 but narrower. And that engine weighs 590 so Hope’s are it will truly be a bullet proof engine.

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