2018 will mark 50 years since the 302 (5.0) V-8 replaced what Carroll Shelby called “The best engine Ford made” the great 289 V-8. I agree. But, we’re talking only about the 302 (5.0 if you must) Rumors abound, that soon, the Mustang will lose the legendary 5.0, and the F-150 won’t offer a V-8 option either. It will be a sad, sad, and BAD day.
I have a guess: Perhaps, since 2018 marks the 50 year anniversary since the 302’s intro, that it will go out in grand fashion during the 2018 model year. Maybe, just maybe, Ford will finally bump the F-150’s 5.0 Horsepower to match the Mustang GT. It should have been done with the 2015 model.
HERE’S THE QUESTION: WILL FORD ELIMINATE THE V-8 ? Does anyone out there know? Post your replies and comments here!
Personally, I think that rumors of the death of Ford’s V8 are greatly exaggerated. My expectation is that Ford might not have two or three or four V8s, but it will at least have one. Whether it’s the 5.0/302/Coyote or the new 5.2L Voodoo or something else entirely remains to be seen… but I expect them to have at least one.
If it’s the 5.0L/302, then one thing that Ford needs to do is to give it direct injection like… yesterday. How or why this awesome motor doesn’t have this modern technology that improves power and efficiency is beyond me… unless the plan is to discontinue it and to not offer it in the first place.
But overall, there will at least be one V8 — in my (possibly humble) opinion.