One of the main components that make the Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 so special is Ford’s supercharged 5.2L Predator V8, which cranks out 760 horsepower and 625 pound-feet of torque. As Ford Authority reported last December, replacement Predator engines obtained through Ford Parts also represent a large portion of the GT500’s $72,900 MSRP – coming in at $24,748.43. However, as Ford Authority exclusively reported last November, a crate version of the Predator has been in the works for some time. Now, the Shelby GT500 crate engine is available via Ford Performance, and it carries a retail price of $25,995.
As one might imagine, the Shelby GT500 crate engine is identical to the Predator that comes installed in the high-performance Ford Mustang itself. That means it makes the same, aforementioned power figures on premium fuel, thanks largely to its Eaton TVS R2650 supercharger. The block is a high-strength aluminum piece with plasma transferred wire arc spray weld cylinder liners with a 94mm bore and 93mm stroke.
Inside, the crate Predator V8 features a forged steel crankshaft and connecting rods and Grafal-coated forged aluminum pistons that provide a compression ratio of 9.5:1. The crate engine comes with a host of other necessary components, including the water pump and alternator belts, supercharger belt, exhaust manifolds, alternator, starter, A/C compressor, and a 92mm throttle body, while control pack information can be obtained via the Ford Performance Tech-line. The total dry weight comes in at 536 pounds.
The 5.2L Predator V8 joins a host of existing Ford crate engines, including the 5.0L Coyote V8, 7.3L Godzilla V8, 2.3L EcoBoost I-4, and a variety of other pushrod V8s, as well as the brand new Eluminator electric crate motor, which quickly sold out following its official reveal at the 2021 SEMA Show.