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Ford 4.8L V8 Rumored to Replace 5.0L Coyote V8 In F-150 and Mustang

In November 2016, Unifor and Ford ratified a four-year agreement that will see Ford invest $713 million in its Canadian manufacturing operations. Ford Essex Engine in Windsor, Ontario is one of those complexes and, according to a report, this is where a new V8 engine will be made to the detriment of the Coyote V8.
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According to sources cited by Ford Authority, the Blue Oval will reveal a 4.8-liter V8 next month at the Detroit Auto Show. Now let’s turn back time to November, when Ford and Unifor reached the $713 million agreement. During a media event, Unifor president Jerry Dias had the following to declare:

“This new engine will be the highest technology, will be the most fuel efficient, will have incredible torque, horsepower and will be put into Ford’s No. 1-selling vehicles throughout the North American chain,” he said.

In a nutshell, yes, Mr. Dias is referring to the F-150 pickup truck and, to a certain extent, the Mustang. The rumored 4.8-liter naturally aspirated V8 is expected to feature dual injection. Combining the good points of port and direct injection should result in greater fuel efficiency and a higher compression ratio than what the current 5.0-liter Ti-VCT is capable of.

The advent of dual injection on a Ford-developed V8 is not wishful thinking. As a brief refresher, the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 in the 2017 Ford F-150 employs the same technology, so why shouldn’t a V8? Together with twin independent variable cam timing, start/stop, and the 10R80 10-speed automatic transmission, dual injection certainly makes sense for the 4.8-liter engine.

Having said these, we’ll have to wait for the 2017 North American International Auto Show to find out if this rumor holds water or it’s merely wishful thinking. If I may add fuel to the fire, the Windsor-based engine plants build the 5.0-liter Coyote V8 since 2010. As a seven-year-old design, the time is high for the unnamed and unconfirmed 4.8L V8 to step into the limelight.

On an ending note, the Ford Motor Company will perform a mid-cycle update on the F-150 and Mustang for the 2018 model year. Isn’t this timing a bit too coincidental with the purported arrival of the 4.8-liter V8 engine?

 
 
 
 
 

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