While Ford has invested heavily in building out its 5.0-liter Coyote V8 engine with more modern technology, the automaker may be pulling a page from General Motors and taking a more serious look at a new pushrod V8 engine.
According to Ford Authority, the blue oval may have a 7.3-liter pushrod V8 engine in development for trucks. The engine will allegedly replace the 6.8-liter Triton V10 engine.
Pushrod engines offer numerous benefits, despite their rather archaic engineering. To start, they’re much smaller and easier to package. And with a smaller overall footprint, the vehicle carries less mass, too. Pushrod engines are also less expensive to produce, which could save the automaker large sums in mass production.
GM has stuck by pushrod V8 engines in numerous applications, from trucks to the Camaro and Corvette. We’ve explored the small-block V8 engine’s benefits in the past as well.
Right now, the 7.3-liter V8 engine is only a rumor, but evidence suggests the new mill will enter production at Ford’s Windsor engine plant in Canada in the near future.