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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. 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

  5. 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

  7. 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.

  8. 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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