Ford says that the massive new 7.3-L Super Duty engine could fit inside a Raptor or even a Mustang if someone was crazy enough to do it.
Last week, Ford introduced us to an all-new and all-huge 7.3-L V8 engine. It was unveiled along with the new Super Duty pickups that are set to go on sale later this year.
In Ford’s press release, they say it will be the most powerful gasoline-burning V8 in the large pickup class. They didn’t provide us with any performance stats to prove it, but at 7.3-L it certainly sounds like it could be powerful.
At that size, we’d expect the 7.3-L engine to only be capable of being mounted in a big-honkin' truck, but according to a Ford spokesperson, that’s not strictly the case.
Ford spokesman Mike Levin told Motor Authority at the Chicago Auto Show that the 7.3-L engine could fit under the hood of the smaller F-150 pickup or even the Mustang sports car. We’re getting the impression that it would be a bad idea since he next said that it’s a truck engine with a big iron block, meaning it’s not exactly light so it wouldn’t be ideal for a performance car like the Mustang.
The Mustang is already a fairly front-heavy car thanks to it’s 5.0-L or 5.2-L V8 (either on the GT or GT350 trims, respectively) so bumping it up to a 7.3-L V8 would make it a little unwieldy. Still, Levine said he expects to see someone shoe-horn that big of an engine into the Mustang at some point, and even dropped this year’s SEMA show as a potential date to see it.
Sticking the 7.3-L V8 into an F-150 would be a little less ridiculous. Levine said that it could even potentially replace the Raptor’s 3.5-L twin-turbo V6, which seems like an odd step backward. The 3.5-L twin-turbo is much lighter in comparison to the old 6.2-L V8 that it replaced and also more powerful at 450 horses and 510 lb-ft of torque. Going back to a V8 that’s even larger just seems like it would ruin the Raptor’s now legendary performance.
We’ll have to wait and see what Ford does with the 7.3-L engine they’ve got cooking up. One thing is for sure: whatever they do, it’ll be ridiculous.