Ford massive new 7.3-L V8 engine might find its way to a brand new ultra-high-performance version of the Ford Raptor.
The Ford Raptor is already an extremely good pickup truck. It’s faster, more rugged, and more fun than any pickup out there. But there’s always been one complaint about the current-gen Raptor, and that is its use of a 3.5-L twin-turbo V6 engine. Never mind the fact that this engine offers more power and torque than anything else in Ford’s current engine lineup--for truck aficionados, nothing less than a burbling V8 will do.
Ford is listening, and that’s why they’re reportedly hard at work making a newer, better Raptor with a V8. Just what the doctor ordered.
A new report from Ford Authority quotes sources within the company as saying that an even more extreme Raptor is in the works and it will definitely have a V8 engine as an option. Either the Shelby Mustang GT500’s 5.2-L Voodoo V8 will get tapped, or Ford’s new “Godzilla” 7.3-L V8.
We got our first tease of Ford’s massive new engine earlier this year. Intended for the F-Series Super Duty, the engine was said to beat any other gasoline truck engine for power. Last February, Ford also hinted that it would fit under the hood of an F-150 Raptor.
However, a Car and Driver report from March indicated that the GT500’s supercharged V8 would be the engine to return the Raptor to eight cylinders. It seems that Ford might be having a slight crisis in determining which V8 engine is the right choice for the Raptor.
One thing is for certain: whatever V8 Ford chooses will have more power than the current 3.5-L EcoBoost V6’s 450 horses. But it won’t replace the EcoBoost outright. The current twin-turbo V6 is planned as the Raptor’s standard offering, with the V8 being the more expensive (and powerful) option.