But there's a big reason why the engine may not be used.
In order to combat the recent arrival of the new 2020 Ram Heavy Duty and a duo of new HD trucks from Chevrolet and from GMC, Ford thought it best to update its F-Series Super Duty for the 2020 model year. Along with fresh new styling, the 2020 F-Series Super Duty arrives with an all-new 7.3-liter gasoline V8 which Ford says will be the "most powerful gas V8 in its class."
We still don't know how much power the engine will make (Ford has made a habit of this lately with cars like the Shelby GT500) but it should be far more than the 385 horsepower produced by the outgoing 6.2-liter motor.
Clearly, this new V8 will have some serious firepower, which makes us wonder if it will be dropped into any other Ford vehicles. The folks over at Motor Authority wondered the same thing during an interview with Ford spokesman Mike Levine. Levine confirmed the 7.3-liter V8 would fit under the hood of the Mustang and the F-150 (meaning it would also fit in the F-150 Raptor).
This is big news for people who have been begging for Ford to bring back the V8-powered Raptor. Even though the twin-turbo EcoBoost V6 is more powerful than the engine it replaced, some customers still crave the sound and feel of eight cylinders. With no V8 Raptor currently in production, customers have turned to tuners like Hennessey to swap a V8 into the new Raptor.
While this 7.3-liter engine may sound like the answer V8 fans have been looking for, there is one massive problem - weight. Levine noted that the 7.3-liter V8 is an iron block motor, making it great for a heavy duty truck but bad for a sports car. If the Mustang or Raptor did have this engine up front, it would significantly increase the vehicle's weight.
It seems highly unlikely that this engine will actually make its way into the Raptor and even more unlikely that it will be used in the Mustang, even though it would technically fit in both. Levine says he wouldn't be surprised if someone drops this engine into either vehicle at next year's SEMA show but it probably won't be Ford.