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2023 Ford Super Duty Team Didn’t Name The New 6.8L V8 Engine

The new 2023 Ford Super Duty was officially announced earlier this week, bringing new exterior styling, a new interior, a myriad of new technologies and convenience features, a strengthened frame, a new high output Power Stroke diesel and a brand new gasoline 6.8L V8 powerhouse. Since that eight-cylinder engine is based on the Ford 7.3L V8 Godzilla engine, one would think that The Blue Oval would tag the new engine with a similarly badass name. However, Ford’s engine team didn’t name the 6.8L engine.

“We didn’t develop a name,” Aaron Bresky, Ford Super Duty engineering manager, told Ford Authority Executive Editor, Alex Luft, at the truck’s reveal in Kentucky this week. “When this question came around we encouraged the individuals that were asking about the names, ‘What would you call it?'”

The unnamed 6.8L V8 replaces the Ford 6.2L V8 Boss engine as the new standard engine in the 2023 Super Duty range, with its arrival being first reported by Ford Authority last month. The new 6.8L is one of four engines that will be offered in the 2023 Ford Super Duty. It is joined by the aforementioned 7.3L V8 Godzilla, as well as two Power Stroke diesels – the existing 6.7L V8 Power Stroke diesel, and a new high-output version of the Power Stroke that features a unique turbo, tune, and upgraded exhaust manifolds. The Blue Oval Hasn’t released details regarding power output for any of the engines yet.

The new 6.8L V8 “… really is a proven architecture pulled from the 7.3L Godzilla,” Bresky added. “And then with the 6.8L, the new strength [of the frame] combined with the 10 speed transmission creates an efficient base engine. If you compare and contrast the prior one, the 6.2L with standard 6 speed transmission, my gosh what a great upgrade.”

Ford says that the 2023 Super Duty offers the most towing, payload, torque, and horsepower of any heavy-duty full-size truck. The heavy duty pickup will continue to be produced at the Kentucky Truck plant and Ohio Assembly plant and is expected to launch in early 2023, with some trims and features available starting next spring.

So, what should we call the new 6.8L V8? Baby Godzilla, Mini Godzilla, Godzilla Junior, or perhaps something else entirely. Vote in the poll below and sound off in the comments.

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Alexandra is a Colorado-based journalist with a passion for all things involving horsepower, be it automotive or equestrian.

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Comments

  1. eltoro1

    ‘Baby G’.

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    1. MSchaff

      How about 6.8 Thunder

      Reply
  2. JohnTaurus

    Idk how “mini” or “baby” it is, it’s only 0.5 liters away from Godzilla.

    Jr is more appropriate I believe. Tbh I can’t really think of a better one.

    Maybe JuniorZilla?

    Perhaps this is why Ford didn’t bother, lol.

    Reply
    1. James

      Son of kong

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    2. Fordman

      Rodanzilla

      Reply
  3. Michael Thompson

    Name it the 418 Thunderjet.

    Reply
  4. blksn8k

    With its combination of big bore/short stroke why not Screamin’ Zilla?

    Reply
  5. MacGoo

    I like Andre from TFL suggestion, “King Kong”.

    Reply
  6. Jham

    I’m partial to, “Unnecessary”. Seriously, why 2 gas engines based on same architecture within half a liter of each other. 4 engine options when constant supply issues remain on the horizon, you can’t make this stuff up.

    Reply
    1. Ibuysoyoucanbuy

      Supply chain issues may be exactly why they used a destroyed Godzilla for the base engine. It’s possible that literally the only parts that are different between these two engines are the crank and con rods. Being a Sr Buyer and seeing the supply chain every work day, this is exactly how you combat supply chain shortages.

      Reply
    2. Dwayne D

      You just don’t understand

      Reply
  7. rapturd

    should have been in gen 3 raptor

    Reply
    1. Ben

      No it shouldn’t have been.
      Don’t pine after mediocrity and that’s what both the 7.3 and the 6.8 represent. Mediocrity.

      Reply
  8. Julian Anzaldua

    Kong motor “KM”
    “That 2023 GOT a KM in it!”

    Reply
  9. ThereGoesTokyo

    Son of Godzilla – since it is a variant that was developed from Godzilla.

    Reply
    1. Chris Blanchard

      “Son of Godzilla,”
      Wouldn’t that be a Scion? Asking for a friend.

      Reply
  10. Ford Owner

    PLEASE! No more “Godzilla” or similar! That is a Japanese monster! The American monster is King Kong! USE THAT NAME!

    Reply
  11. Steve Miller

    G2
    Less is more.

    Reply
  12. Steve Miller

    Gz2
    Would also work.

    Reply
  13. Jeremy

    King Kong

    Reply
  14. Ibuysoyoucanbuy

    King Kong. Andre from TFL hit the nail on the head

    Reply
  15. Mac

    Gas Guzilla

    Reply
  16. Paul

    Call it “Trident”.

    Reply
  17. Marshall Schmitt

    King Kong for sure!

    Reply
  18. JeffinTheDesert

    Mulely

    Reply
  19. Lou

    If it has more torque than Godzilla then it should be named for who defeated him. Oxygen Destroyer, so just Destroyer.

    Reply
  20. AJ

    Modzilla

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    1. Robert.Walter

      Underrated comment. Well done AJ!

      Reply
  21. ronsmithx1

    “SuperBoss” – since the unnamed 6.8L V8 replaces the Ford 6.2L V8
    “Boss” engine.

    Reply
    1. Ben

      This is a Boss with a larger bore but way inferior heads. The Boss platform had so much more potential than this junk.

      Reply
  22. Paul Edwards

    I guess I am old school. I grew up in the days of engines advertised in cubic inch displacement, not liters. How about calling the new 6.8L engine a 415 Cobra Jet? ( Liters x 61.02 = cubic inches)

    Reply
  23. James

    I like the idea of going away from Godzilla… King Kong, SuperBoss or Mammoth have my vote!

    Reply
  24. Michael

    RINO

    Reply
  25. Dwayne D

    Another mistake

    Reply
  26. BigShow

    Zilla

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    1. Larry S.

      Exactly!

      Reply
  27. Greg Manning

    Son of Godzilla, Or “Sasquatch” which also is a take off of Bigfoot monster truck.

    Reply
  28. JJ Perez

    Babezilla or baby zilla

    Reply
  29. PC

    How bout 6.8 or 415.

    Reply
  30. CWJ

    I can just see this engine going in the F 150….or mabe Mustang……call it 6.8 Windsor…

    Reply
    1. Ben

      Why? It won’t outperform Coyote or Predator so what’s the point?

      Reply
  31. Halligan1201

    Kraken

    Reply
  32. Jeff P

    “KING BOSS” “MEGABOSS”

    Reply
  33. Dre

    Boom

    Reply
  34. Michael Thompson

    Thunderjet! It’s the only name that makes sense.

    The base 429 brought out in 1968 was called Thunderjet. It fits perfectly since this is the base of the Godzilla family.

    Reply
  35. Randy

    Mothra!

    Reply
  36. Alan

    Son of Godzilla…”SoG’

    Reply
  37. Ken

    6.8 Frankenstein

    Reply
  38. Jack

    Godzilla Sport

    Reply
  39. Jimmy

    Minilla or Minira which is the name of Godzilla’s son in the early Godzilla movies.

    Reply
  40. Jimpco

    Rodan

    Reply
    1. Robert.Walter

      Glad to see Rodan got some love here!

      Reply
  41. Dale

    Got to agree with Andre King Kong

    Reply
  42. Mike

    Godzooky. Seriously… It’s a thing.

    Reply
  43. Gerry

    6.8L ATLAS

    Reply
  44. David

    Cobra jet

    Reply
  45. Meghann, Jarrod, Sergio, Royce

    Cobra Kai
    Trident
    Hercules
    Posiden

    Reply
  46. GaryB

    6.8 eh? I would call it “IOU1” (i owe you one) since it wasnt a 6.9

    Reply
  47. Kafinator

    Big Boss.
    The 6.2L engine is named Boss V8… Big Boss, just say it in your head like a truck commercial with a deep gravelly voice. “Ford F-series, now available with Ford tough Big Boss 6.8L gasoline V8 and 10 speed automatic transmission.” Besides, no one is going to buy an F-250 with a “Mini” or “Junior” anything in it.

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    1. Lincoln

      Agreed. No one wants to hear Mini or Junior when they plunk down big bucks for a Super Duty F250. Big Boss 6.8 has a memorable moniker when checking it off on the order sheet.

      Reply
    2. Ben

      I’d call it Disappointment

      Reply
  48. Roy Myers

    Minok

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  49. Chuck

    A Good name: MINILLA, This was the name of Godzilla son.

    Reply
  50. Clay Cee

    6.8 Boss.

    Reply
  51. Charles

    Mothra

    Reply
  52. Pete N

    How about King Kong since they already have Godzilla.

    Reply
  53. Chuck

    Thur!

    Reply
  54. James Phieffer

    “Godzooky”

    Anyone who grew up watching the classic Godzilla cartoon in the 70s will immediately recognize the name. And it makes sense with a smaller version of the Godzilla, even if it might be considered a form of “lèse-majesté”.

    Reply
  55. Al DeMarco

    Name the newmotor Thunderbolt

    Reply
  56. John smith

    Babyzilla

    Reply
  57. Jd smack

    Wolf

    Reply
  58. Daryl Cook

    Godzillite, it’s really obvious here

    Reply
  59. Cf

    The Hercules

    Reply
  60. Smitty

    6.8L FALCON!!

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    1. Ford500guy

      The best name for the new 6.8 is “BOSS KONG “or “TORQUEZILLA”.. Just pick one.. Every name above are to lame or CARTOONISH… Godzookie, what are 10 yo?…

      Reply

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