Rollin' in My 4.8: Ford's Coyote Engine Replacement Gains Dual Injection, Report Claims

Steph Willems
by Steph Willems

Prepare to kiss a famous displacement goodbye.

Ford’s 5.0-liter “Coyote” V8 has dutifully powered variants of the automaker’s Mustang and F-150 since 2011, instilling the brand’s pony car with the kind of heritage that can only be squeezed from 302 cubic inches.

Well, time (and technology) marches on, and Ford’s lower-shelf V8 is due for a replacement. According to a recent report, the Blue Oval folks aren’t choosing sides when it comes to the best way to squirt gas into the new mill.

News of the upcoming engine arose during recent union negotiations between Ford and its Canadian autoworkers. When labor contract talks wrapped up in early November, part of the company’s $700 million (CAD) commitment included breathing new life into the Essex engine plant in Windsor, Ontario.

At the time, Reuters reported on sources who claimed the updated Essex-built engine would be a 4.8-liter V8. Unifor, which represents Canadian Detroit Three autoworkers, simply claimed that the plant would see a major new engine program.

Now, Ford Authority, citing unnamed sources, claims the 4.8-liter V8 will appear under the hoods of the both the F-150 and Mustang in naturally aspirated form, boasting both port and direct injection. The setup, while complex to engineer, should boost the engine’s fuel efficiency. It also allows Ford to offer a higher-compression engine — certainly, Dearborn isn’t about to offer a lower-displacement Coyote replacement will less horsepower and torque.

While there’s scant information about the new mill, it’s likely that Ford will dish some details at the North American International Auto Show next month. Rumor has it that the 4.8-liter will appear in 2018 F-150s and Mustangs.

The same labor deal that saw a new engine program for Essex will also bring a new V8 engine for larger Ford trucks. Again, details are scarce, but the new engine will likely replace the 6.2-liter in the Super Duty lineup.

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  • Nels0300 Nels0300 on Dec 21, 2016

    Get your PORT INJECTED FIVE POINT-O while you can!!!!! Man, I wish I was in the market for something like that.

    • Dal20402 Dal20402 on Dec 21, 2016

      There are so many of these out there that used ones will be cheap(ish) for a long time. And it will be pretty easy to find one that spent its entire life from new puttering around under the timid right foot of a 70-year-old man with failing vision.

  • Anonymous Anonymous on Dec 27, 2016


  • Lou_BC Ironic, the Honda Ridgeline, a truck that every truck guy loves to hate is in 6th place.
  • 28-Cars-Later I keep forgetting I own it, but the space look on the ext cab reminds me of my 'Yota pickup of the same model year. I'm pretty sure there is some vintage of Hilux which features the same looking ext cab window (maybe '88?) its a shame these things are mostly gone and when available are $1,000,000,000 [INSERT CURRENT CURRENCY].
  • Sayahh Imagine if Ford had Toyota design and build a Mustang engine. It will last over 300k miles! (Skip turbo and make it naturally aspirated.) Maybe Yamaha will help tune it...
  • Sobhuza Trooper Isuzu's crime was to build some damn good trucks.Shame on them.
  • El scotto Listen, unless you were Lord Headly-Stempmoor or such when you got off the off the boat, boot in Canada, you got the short end of the stick. People got on the boat, these days a plane, to escape famine, becoming cannon fodder in yet another stupid war, or the government thought it was A-OK to let soldiers kill you. Juneteenth is just a way to right one of the more bad ideas in the American experiment. Instead we have commenters who were buying tater chips and diet soda at Wal-Mart and got all butt-hurt because they heard someone who wasn't speaking English. I'm going to go fix a couple of frankfurters with salsa and guacamole and wash them down with a lager or three