Ford recently announced that it was discontinuing the Shelby GT350, a somber fact that Ford Authority was the first to report back in April. Since then, Ford has also discontinued the Ford Mustang Bullitt and Performance Package 2, while adding the Mach 1 back to the lineup. But the loss of the Shelby GT350 in particular raises one important question – what will become of Ford’s excellent and beloved 5.2L Voodoo V8 now that the only model it’s available in is going away?
“We don’t talk about future products, but we’re really happy with what it’s accomplishing right now both in the GT350 and the GT500,” Head of Mustang Marketing, Jim Owens, told Ford Authority executive editor, Alex Luft, in a recent interview. “We don’t have a crate version of the Voodoo right now.”
The 5.2L Predator V8 in the 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 does share its displacement and some components with the Voodoo, but it lacks the flat-plane crank that gives the Voodoo its signature sound that has endeared so many enthusiasts who’ve come to love the special engine and its performance potential.
Ford is seemingly content to move on with the Predator and its also-beloved 5.0L Coyote V8, a special version of which powers the new Mach 1. But many enthusiasts would love to at least see the Ford Voodoo live on in crate motor form, if nothing else. The question is, will Ford actually offer it to consumers in that way?
|GT||5.0L Coyote V8||460||420|
|Mach 1||5.0L Coyote V8||480||420|
|Shelby GT350||5.2L Voodoo V8||526||429|
|Shelby GT500||5.2L Predator V8||760||625|
We certainly hope so, and we imagine we aren’t the only ones. There are already a handful of Voodoo-swapped Mustangs of various generations out there in the world, and there would likely be a lot more if Ford would sell the engine in crate form.
The automaker already sells a plethora of crate engines, including the Coyote, the new 7.3L Godzilla V8, the old pushrod 302 and 351, and even a variety of EcoBoost engines, so this would be a natural fit. Regardless, we’re curious to hear how many people believe this is a good idea, so be sure and let us know what you think in the poll below.