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Will The Ford 5.0L Coyote V8 Even Fit In The 2021 Bronco?

Back in September, Ford Authority exclusively reported that FoMoCo never even considered offering the 2021 Ford Bronco with the automaker’s 5.0L Coyote V8, and is confident that its 2.3L EcoBoost I-4 and 2.7L EcoBoost V6 will suit customers just fine. However, that also had us wondering – will the Coyote even fit in the 2021 Bronco engine bay?

2021 Bronco

“Haven’t even looked,” Eric Loeffler, Bronco Chief Engineer, told Ford Authority executive editor, Alex Luft, in a recent interview. Thus, our question remains unanswered, at least for now. However, it’s worth noting that more than one aftermarket tuner is already planning on stuffing the Coyote in the new Ford Bronco.

That list starts with PaxPower, which announced way back in July that it would be selling two different Coyote V8-powered 2021 Ford Bronco variants to eager customers. The base version will come naturally-aspirated, with an output of 400 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque, while the range-topping model features a 2.9L Whipple supercharger and cranks out 758 horsepower.

PaxPower V8 Bronco

Hennessey is also getting into the V8-powered 2021 Bronco game with its forthcoming VelociRaptor, which will also come with a supercharged Coyote rated at 750 horsepower. Both PaxPower Broncos and the VelociRaptor will utilize Ford’s 10-speed automatic transmission, along with various suspension and exterior modifications.

Problem is, neither company has actually built a running, driving V8-powered Bronco just yet. PaxPower admitted up front that the process figures to be somewhat difficult, requiring all of the Broncos auxiliary engine systems, modules, exhaust, and wiring to be replaced with the same components from the donor vehicle.

Hennessey VelociRaptor Bronco

That means these conversions are going to be expensive. PaxPower expects the base Coyote swap to cost around $30,000 sans Bronco, and the supercharged version will run about $45,000. Meanwhile, the price tag for the VelociRaptor Bronco comes in at a staggering $225,000, though that includes the donor vehicle.

We don’t doubt that more than one person will successfully V8-swap a 2021 Bronco, but it doesn’t figure to be a cheap or easy process. And for that reason, most people will likely just have to live with one of the two stock drivetrains, at least until a more powerful Bronco Warthog or Bronco Raptor variant inevitably comes along.

We’ll have much more on the new Bronco soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for more Ford Bronco news and around-the-clock Ford news coverage.

Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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  1. crabbymilton

    Why would they even do that? They won’t even put a the V8 in the EXPEDITION/NAVIGATOR nor the TRANSIT and I believe a V8 would easily fit in both platforms. So what makes you think they would put that V8 in the BRONCO when CHRYSLER who still likes the V8 engine won’t even put it in the JEEP WRANGLER.

  2. Roy Chile’s

    It’s hard to believe Ford built and develop the Bronco and don’t know if the coyote engine can be fixed. They should have if not because there’s a market for it Jeep is planning V8 Wrangler

  3. Mark L Bedel

    Me thinks that they’re playing coy…

  4. Ford Owner

    For a vehicle such as the Bronco, you want more torque for off-roading. This is where the Mustang Mach-E electrical power train can do better than any gas engine. So Ford should attempt an EV Bronco prototype and see the results. If GM can build a Hummer EV, Ford can do the same.

  5. GaryB

    You can’t even add roof rails on the 4door v6 because of GVWR. They certainly are not going to bother putting in the heavy v8. They legally couldn’t make it in america

  6. fpvfan

    I, for one, don’t see a reason for the Coyote V8 (let alone any V8) at this point. Ford has already proven what it can do with the Ecoboost platform by making a 400hp 3.0L Twin Turbo, a 494hp/630tq 3.0L Ecoboost Hybrid, a 450hp/510tq 3.5L Ecoboost, a 660/550tq supercar engine, and the 430hp/570tq 3.5L Powerboost hybrid, so what is really the point of ANY of the V8 powertrains at this point. Ford Even had a 2.5L Turbo-5 cylinder(which could easily be updated to fit in the Ecoboost lineup) making 345hp/340tq in the European Focus MK2 RS500. Not to mention the amazing Barra 310T making 416hp/420tq and the 325T making 436hp/425tq. Yes granted alot of these engines are similar in power output, but let’s think, at best from factory, the 5.0L Coyote puts out 480hp/420tq. The 5.2L Voodoo had 526hp/429tq, and the 5.2L Predator puts out 760hp/625tq. While yes the Predator 5.2 literally trumps the closest output by 100hp, could you imagine what the supercar variant of the 3.5L V6 would produce if hooked up to the same electrification setup as the Aviator GT? Truth is, the V8 is not really needed for anything besides the specific sound it makes and there are several other engines in the ford lineup that sound pretty good. that 2.5L 5-cylinder turbo sounds absolutely amazing as does the 3.5L Ecoboost supercar and the Barra I-6 Turbo. General Motors just proved that you don’t need a diesel to make a Heavy Duty truck with that new hummer and I’m hoping that Ford wises up and makes a comeback with the Expedition, an Excursion and the Super Duty pickup with power to match the Hummer. Instead of worrying about the Mustang so much or any of the “Classic” American muscle cars, that are all pretty much dead anyway, take the Fusion, put in on a RWD CD6 platform (similar to how the taurus/explorer/flex were on the same platform), Toss in the above ecoboost 5cyl turbo & 6cyl turbo/ hybrid powertrains above, throw in the 10-speed auto, 10-speed hybrid and 7-speed DCT units behind them, rework the Focus RS drivetrain into these new cars with GKN E-Twinster differentials, Add a few Mustang and Falcon elements to the car and make your performance variants, regular commuter variants and luxury variants of the cars in sedan and shooting brake body configurations, and go from there. Ford would have that, plus the explorer and possibly a sub-compact truck all on the same CD6 platform. Going up from there the Bronco and Ranger would share their platform with each other, having the base 2.7L twin turbo, a 3.0L Eco-Diesel and the 3.0L Twin Turbo V6 along with hybrid powertrains. give the Ranger a full 6ft bed with a crew cab setup, a limited and king ranch option, a tremor, a true Wildtrack trim (let the raptor go) and the other packages and the Ranger would be the truck to beat. Also give it more of the F150 styling. As for the full size trucks, go electric. Take the F150, the Expedition, the super duty trucks, the Transit, transit connect, and the Mach E and have all of that electric. Once that happens, we can get rid of the big V8 diesels, get rid of V8 engines, cars will be cleaner which will make the bean counters happy and we still get to have performance.

    1. Ford Fan

      you must not like merica or muscle cars smdh

  7. Master Sparky

    The 2021 Bronco’s highway star will be the Getrag 7 speed crawler geared manual transmission!

    Deja vu one in a thousand.
    Forget about any fantasm V8.

    Most who configure (or go figure) back again & again to the drawing board, as essentially any option at all (say tubular steps) also kick in a mid-package with AT.


    You can make anything fit with enough blow torches.

    1. Roy Chile’s

      Hahaha Right

  9. Jason P Guerin

    Don’t waste time with the 5.0, put godzilla in there. Smaller package makes it easier to fit everything in. It is pretty damn heavy.

  10. John Rus

    OMG, you don’t have a clue what you are talking about. That is absurd.

    By that logic you can’t have groceries in it.

    Think before you speak.


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