Godzilla, Ford's 7.3-Liter Monster Motor King?

Jason R. Sakurai
by Jason R. Sakurai
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Aptly nicknamed Godzilla, Ford’s massive new 7.3-liter V8 pushrod engine that debuted last year in the 2020 F-250 is now available in crate engine form from Ford Performance Parts.

Originally a mythical Jurassic creature that evolved from a sea reptile into a terrestrial monster, Godzilla was awakened by mankind’s nuclear weapons tests in the inaugural film. Over time, as the franchise evolved, Godzilla and other creatures in the films have become metaphors for social commentary on the real world. Godzilla and his fellow monsters embodied the emotions and social problems of the times.

With 430 horsepower and 475 lb-ft of torque, the 7.3-liter V8 features an overhead valve architecture, cam-in-block design, variable-displacement oil pump, extra-large main bearings, a forged steel crankshaft for durability, and piston-cooling jets to help manage temperatures under heavy load. Godzilla has a displacement of 445 cubic inches or 7.3 liters. It’s more compact as a pushrod engine than an overhead cam modular motor like the Coyote, which should allow it to fit into a wider range of vehicles without having to remove shock towers or alter the front suspension.

Is the 7.3-liter Ford engine a worthy challenger to General Motors’ LS engines, which also utilize a smaller package size and a simpler valvetrain? A lighter engine is cheaper to build and modify, which are the reasons why the LS engine is so popular in so many different types of vehicles, from drift cars to overlanders. What we don’t know yet is how much power can Ford’s new 7.3-liter V8 produce when it’s allowed to run wild.

Godzilla lists at $8,150, and what you get is a dressed long block with 10.5:1 compression, aluminum cylinder heads, a throttle body, exhaust manifolds, ignition coils, and a production flex plate. What you end up installing it in, and the resultant trouble you get into is entirely up to you. As Blue Oyster Cult once wrote, “History shows again and again, how nature points up the folly of man, Godzilla!”

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  • Dukeisduke Dukeisduke on Dec 09, 2020

    So I'm guessing they reengineered the oil pickup and the pan design? When the 7.3 came out it was said that the engine wouldn't be suited for passenger cars because the oil pan was too deep, so couldn't sit low in a chassis. They also made it sound like it wasn't something that could be easily overcome.

    • Lou_BC Lou_BC on Dec 09, 2020

      I'm not sure what this engine will fit into. I've tried to find specs and the most interesting point I found was this, "It was engineered to directly replace the aging Modular-based 6.8 liter V-10". Perhaps the crate offering is more for HD vehicles? This is from Ford Performance: "Bellhousing bolt pattern same as 4.6/5.4 and 5.0 Coyote Engine weight: 580 lbs."

  • Lou_BC Lou_BC on Dec 09, 2020

    "A few weeks ago, Evan and Wolfe proved the 7.3-liter can be shoehorned into a Fox-Body Mustang without issue. What's more, in another breakdown, they show that it's a whole 4.5-inches narrower than a Coyote. This means the pushrod lump not only has the benefit of modern engine construction, but it's also compact enough to stick in project cars and trucks of all sorts." https://www.thedrive.com/news/32064/fords-new-7-3-l-gas-v-8-can-be-tuned-to-600hp-and-fit-in-a-fox-body-mustang

  • Marvin Im a current owner of a 2012 Golf R 2 Door with 5 grand on the odometer . Fun car to drive ! It's my summer cruiser. 2006 GLI with 33,000 . The R can be money pit if service by the dealership. For both cars I deal with Foreign car specialist , non union shop but they know their stuff !!! From what I gather the newer R's 22,23' too many electronic controls on the screen, plus the 12 is the last of the of the trouble free ones and fun to drive no on screen electronics Maze !
  • VoGhost It's very odd to me to see so many commenters reflexively attack an American company like this. Maybe they will be able to find a job with BYD or Vinfast.
  • VoGhost I'm clearly in the minority here, but I think this is a smart move. Apple is getting very powerful, and has slowly been encroaching on the driving experience over the last decade. Companies like GM were on the verge of turning into mere hardware vendors to the Apple brand. "Is that a new car; what did you get?" "I don't remember. But it has the latest Apple OS, which is all I care about." Taking back the driving experience before it was too late might just be GM's smartest move in a while.
  • VoGhost Can someone Christian explain to me what this has to do with Jesus and bunnies?
  • Del My father bought GM cars in the 60's, but in 1971 he gave me a used Datsun (as they were called back then), and I'm now in my 70's and am happy to say that GM has been absent from my entire adult life. This article makes me gladder than ever.