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The Ford 4.6L engine is a naturally aspirated V8 from Ford Motor was used to power a variety of different vehicles like sports cars, pickup trucks, sport utility vehicles, luxury sedans and cargo vans. Throughout its lifespan, it was offered with either 2, 3 or 4 valves per cylinder, featured either a single (SOHC) or a dual overhead cam (DOHC) setup. Built between 1990 and 2014, the Ford 4.6L architecture was one of the first engines to be part of the Ford Modular family.

The first vehicle to be powered by this engine was the Lincoln Town Car in 1990. Back then, its 2-valve SOHC configuration allowed to developed 190 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. However, by the end of its lifespan, modern technology like dual overhead camshafts and dual supercharging allowed this engine to reach a staggering output of 806 horsepower and 679 pound-feet. This iteration was used to power the high-performance, Swedish-built, Koenigsegg CCR V8 supercar.

The fastest and most powerful Ford vehicle to be powered by this engine was the supercharged 2003 Ford Mustang SVT Cobra, also known as the Terminator. Its maximum power output was 390 horsepower and 390 pound-feet of torque. While this engine is no longer in production, it has powered the following vehicles:

Ford 4.6L Engine - Overview

MetricValue
Engine familyModular
Displacement4.6 liters
AspirationAtmospheric
Configuration & cylindersV configuration, eight cylinders
Vehicle engine orientationLongitudinal
Valve configurationSingle overhead cam (SOHC) / Dual overhead cam (DOHC)
Assembly sitesRomeo, Michigan, USA / Windsor, Ontario, Canada
PredecessorFord small block V8
SuccessorFord Coyote engine

Ford 4.6L Engine - Specifications

MetricValue
Bore90 mm
Stroke90 mm
Compression ratio9.0:1 (2 valve) / 9.4:1 (3 valve) / 8.5:1 (4 valve)
Max power @ RPM (in a Ford vehicle)390 @ 6,000 rpm
Max torque @ RPM (in a Ford vehicle)390 lb-ft @ 3,500 rpm
Cylinder HeadAluminum
Cylinder BlockCast iron / Alumium (depending on version)
Camshaft DriveChain

Ford 4.6L Engine - Vehicle Applications

VehicleTransmissionDrive WheelsHorsepower (hp) @ RPMTorque (lb-ft) @ RPM
Ford Crown Victoria (1992 - 2011)Four-speed automaticRWD210 - 250 @ 5,000 270 - 295 @ 4,500
Ford E-Series (1996 - 2014)Four-speed automaticRWD225 @ 4,800286 @ 3,500
Ford Expedition (1997 - 2004)Four-speed automaticRWD / 4WD215 @ 4,400290 @ 3,250
Ford Explorer (2002 - 2010)Five-speed automaticRWD / AWD238 @ 4,750 / 292 @ 5,700282 @ 4,000 / 320 @ 4,000
Ford Explorer Sport Trac (2006-2010)Six-speed automaticRWD / AWD292 @ 5,750 300 @ 3,950
Ford F-150 (2000 - 2010)Four-speed automatic / Six-speed automaticRWD / 4WD210 @ 4,400 / 292 @ 5,700290 @ 3,250 / 320 @ 4,000
Ford Thunderbird (1994 - 1995)Four-speed automaticRWD205 @ 4,500 265 @ 3,200
Lincoln Aviator (2003 - 2005)Five-speed automaticRWD / AWD302 @ 5,500300 @ 3,250
Lincoln Continental (1995 - 2002)Four-speed automaticFWD260 @ 5,200 / 275 @ 5,500265 @ 3,200 / 275 @ 4,000
Lincoln Mark VIII (1993 - 1998)Four-speed automaticRWD280 @ 5,500284 @ 4,500
Mercury Cougar (1994 - 1994)Four-speed automaticRWD205 @ 4,500 265 @ 3,200
Mercury Grand Marquis (1992 - 2011)Four-speed automaticRWD210 - 250 @ 5,000 270 - 295 @ 4,500
Mercury Maurauder (2002 - 2004)Four-speed automaticRWD302 @ 5,750318 @ 4,300
Mercury Mountaineer (2002 - 2010)Five-speed automaticRWD / AWD238 @ 4,750 / 292 @ 5,700282 @ 4,000 / 320 @ 4,000

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