It costs almost as much as a new Mustang.
It's been a year since we reported that Ford Performance planned to sell the Mustang Shelby GT500's supercharged V8 as a crate engine. It's not as powerful as Chevy's ridiculous 10.4-liter crate engine with 1,004 horsepower, but the Ford's 5.2-liter Predator V8 is no slouch. It produces 760 hp and 625 lb-ft of torque, enough to propel the GT500 to 60 mph in under 3.5 seconds. Now, custom builders can install this brawny power plant in whatever project car they're working on. But the supercharged V8 carries a hefty price tag. In fact, it'll cost you almost as much as a brand-new Ford Mustang coupe.
The supercharged V8, codenamed M-6007-M52SC, retails for $25,995. That makes it cheaper than Chevy's 1,004-hp engine, although the latter was recently discounted to just under $30,000. The Ford V8's features include the Eaten TVS R2650 supercharger, a high-strength aluminum block, and a forged steel crankshaft and connecting rods. Other OE components included in the purchase are the exhaust manifolds, the alternator, the starter, and the supercharger belt. The A/C compressor, water pump, and alternator belt are thrown in too, so the V8 comes with all the necessary mechanical components. The packaged weight works out to 665 pounds - not bad for such a brawny beast.
Included as part of the purchase is a two-year/24,000-mile warranty. It's worth noting that the V8's price excludes the various electronic bits like the wiring harness and ECU, as well as the control pack, so the total cost is more than the number reflected above. It's a fantastic power plant, though, and it's not only powerful but hugely charismatic too. Of course, if your budget doesn't stretch that far, perhaps you could consider an electric e-crate motor like Ford's Eluminator. At under $4,000, it offers 281 hp and 317 lb-ft of torque. It's a great deal but Ford recently said the e-crate motor had sold out. Of course, it doesn't come with the Predator's booming V8 soundtrack and it's hard to put a price on that.