Ford Plans to Continue V8 Production for as Long as Possible

Chris Teague
by Chris Teague

ford plans to continue v8 production for as long as possible

As automakers convert their gas vehicle lineups to electric models, it’s not surprising that the big, thirsty engines are among the first to go. Ford, a pioneer of V8 engines and muscle cars, is certainly no exception, but the automaker’s executives aren’t giving up on displacement just yet.

Speaking to the Australian publication Carsales, Ford Performance Motorsports global director Mark Rushbrook said the company had not defined an endpoint to V8 production. Though he acknowledged the difficulties that emissions regulations would bring, Rushbrook stated that Ford would continue building V8s for as long as possible. 

That said, Rushbrook is realistic about the fact that Ford can’t keep the fantasy going forever. “I’m not going to sit here and tell you in 300 years we’re going to be selling V8 Mustangs. I’m not going to tell you what year we’ll stop, because I have no idea,” he told Carsales.

Ford is gearing up for the release of a new Mustang model in 2024 that will carry its V8 torch for the foreseeable future. That will leave The Blue Oval as the sole purveyor of V8 muscle cars among its American rivals. Dodge is cutting the Challenger and Charger after 2023, and Chevy’s nixing the Camaro. 

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  • Ollicat Ollicat on Aug 01, 2023

    Man we need to elect an intelligent conservative who will get our government out of car engines, light bulbs, gas appliances, air conditioners and guns.

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    • Stuki Moi Stuki Moi on Aug 03, 2023

      "Incandescent bulbs are wasteful in three ways -- most of the energy consumed (90%ish) is wasted as heat, AND THEN you usually remove that heat via air conditioning. " All the time you do NOT remove the heat, it is, OTOH, not wasted at all. AND: The pathetic garbage that the peons are supposed to be happy with wrt light quality of LEDs are just that: Pathetic garbage. There does exist LED lighting solutions of half decent quality. But you 1)have to actively seek it out. 2) It costs 100x an incandescent bulb and 3) While closer these days, it's still not of the same quality as the incandescent. IOW, more of the same "make things worse and worse and simply insist that's progress" which have led us from V8s for everyone to Turbo4s for "the elite" and the bus for the rest.


    I still prefer the 3.7 V6 from just a few years ago. I'll accept a turbo four cylinder in any SAAB ( I have two!), but I want a reasonably powerful V6 engine in a Mustang that isn't a gas hog. I will accept that kind of mpg in my four Toronados.

  • Wjtinfwb Wjtinfwb on Aug 01, 2023

    Everything is this country is subject to political winds and pressures. Neither party has an exclusive on bad decisions or good ones. But to shut off the majority of all Domestic production then start issuing Executive fiat’s that gas powered everything will essentially be outlawed when there is no suitable wide spread replacement is the height of stupidity. America is already the cleanest industrial nation in the world. We can continue to get better but with China firing up a new coal plant every week and the Middle East essentially flipping the bird to any environmental standards, it absurd to think the US effort is anything more than a fart in a hurricane.

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    • Stuki Moi Stuki Moi on Aug 03, 2023

      "..our adversaries get to do whatever they want." "Our" "Adversaries", are the one who harass us, and take our money. The ones who harass people halfway around the world and take their money, are referred to as THEIR adversaries. But #IndoctrinationNation...

  • Rob65719732 Rob65719732 on Aug 01, 2023

    With GM's current investment in the next-generation V8 (stated as a truck engine), I find it difficult to believe that they won't end up shoehorning a version of it into a performance car.

    • Ajla Ajla on Aug 02, 2023

      I think the 2.7T would have to go beyond reliability and do something like actually add years to my life before I'd buy it over the 6.2L.