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Upcoming Ford 6.8L V8 May Begin Production Next Year

The forthcoming Ford 6.8L V8 engine has been the subject of various rumors for years, and now, it appears that the new powerplant will finally launch at some point in the coming months. As Ford Authority exclusively reported last week, the refreshed 2023 Ford Super Duty is expected to feature this brand new powerplant. However, while speaking about the automaker’s V8 production issues in Canada last week, Unifor Local 200 president John D’Agnolo also revealed that the Ford 6.8L V8 may actually enter production next year.

When speaking with the Windsor Star, D’Agnolo noted that the Ford 6.8L V8 will enter production in 2023, specifically while he was discussing when, exactly, the Windsor Engine plant would add a long-promised third-shift. “The third shift is supposed to happen in the New Year,” D’Agnolo said. “We’re supposed to call people in late fall. I don’t want to see people get hired to be put on layoff.”

Currently the Windsor Engine plant produces the Ford 7.3L V8 Godzilla engine, while the automaker’s other facility in the same area – the Essex Engine plant – builds the Ford 5.0L V8 Coyote powerplant. Those engines are currently utilized in the Ford F-150, Ford Mustang, Ford Super Duty, and Ford E-Series.

Rumors regarding the Ford 6.8L V8 originally surfaced back in November 2020, when Unifor president Jerry Dias announced that future Ford Mustang and Ford F-150 derivatives will be receiving the new engine. It’s unclear if that will come to fruition, but with this new powerplant set to enter production in 2023 and the 2023 Super Duty making its debut this fall, it is expected that the upcoming V8 will arrive with the new pickup when it launches, and order banks are scheduled to open up on October 17th, 2022, with production following a few months later.

We’ll have more on the new 6.8L V8 soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for 24/7 Ford news coverage.

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  1. crabbymilton

    So if they put this in the F150, will it be a replacement for the 5.0L? Again, I could see it as lower powered lower cost option for the SUPER DUTY and E SERIES to the 7.3L rather than the F150 which has plenty of engine options already.

    1. Nonspecific Motors

      What a bunch of ford dodo birds. Why does no one realize that the 6.8 is only 0.5 liters smaller than the 7.3? A 6.8 with direct injection could replace all of the 7.3s except for the High Torque industrial/commercial engines. It’s similar to how the 3.5 replaced the 3.7, them the 3.3 replaced the 3.5 in the F150. They can’t EcoBoost these large vehicles, so going from a 7.3 to a 6.8 is the most displacement loss you’re going to see. The 6.8 with direct injection will put out 475 hp and 500 lb-ft of torque.

      1. John

        It isn’t a replacement for the 7.3, it replaces the 6.2.

  2. rapturd

    Make it optional like 6.2 in f150. If OHV it will fit in anything a DOHC fits in

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  4. Leonard

    I bet Ford will bump up the HP/TQ in the 7.3 & the new 6.8 will probably have the output numbers of the current 7.3 figures ?

  5. Chris D.

    Farley spoke about lowering engine complexities to reduce warranty costs. If this is the goal, it would seem logical to replace the 3.5 EB in the F-150 considering the volume (not just for variants). Regardless of how it’s used, this is ideal for the next GT 500.

  6. James Leone

    If it is anything like the 7.3 v8 that would be a great fit for the F150 as a option that 7.3 is one amazing Engine


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