Our cousin publication, Ford Authority, broke some rather interesting news. An unnamed source stated Ford has been toying with the possibility of dropping a smaller, 4.8-liter V8 engine under the hood to replace the 5.0-liter Coyote powerplant.
The reasoning behind this move involves the Ford F-150, which shares a similar 5.0-liter V8. Ford will soon begin production of a 4.8-liter V8 engine to replace said 5.0-liter in the F-150 lineup of trucks. A switch to the 4.8-liter V8 wouldn’t be too far-fetched then.
The 4.8-liter V8 engine is said to feature direct- and port fuel injection, which allows for a higher compression ratio. In turn, this boosts horsepower and engine efficiency without the need for forced induction.
It wouldn’t be the first time the 5.0 said adios; Ford abandoned the engine in 1996 and replaced it with a 4.6-liter V8 until 2011.
Should Ford make the switch, which other sources say is untrue, it would leave a sizable displacement gap between the Ford Mustang and sixth-generation Chevrolet Camaro. Of course, as we’re all aware, the Camaro borrows the C7 Corvette’s 6.2-liter LT1 V8 engine.
If the rumors are indeed true, we may see Ford make its move with an updated Mustang at the 2017 North American International Auto Show.