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The Ford F-150 Could Lose Its Best V8 Engine

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But here's why you shouldn't be sad.

If you want the most powerful Ford F-150 pickup truck on sale, it will have a 3.5-liter twin-turbo EcoBoost V6 under the hood. In a segment where many buyers claim "there is no replacement for displacement," Ford has had success introducing potent turbocharged powerplants that are both more powerful and efficient than their larger V8 counterparts. But if you simply must have eight cylinders, Ford will still sell you an F-150 powered by the same 5.0-liter Coyote V8 found in the Mustang producing 395 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission.

The V8 has plenty of grunt but not as much as the EcoBoost V6 which produces 450 hp and 510 lb-ft. There still seems to be a market for V8 trucks, though a recent report from Ford Authority claims the 5.0-liter Coyote engine could soon be replaced in the F-150.

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Ford announced earlier this year it would slow the production line of the Coyote V8 due to a decrease in consumer demand. The drop in demand could also stem from decreased Mustang sales but it appears like the EcoBoost series of engines are starting to become more accepted amongst truck buyers. But if you still hate the idea of a turbocharged V6 pickup truck, Ford Authority may have some good news.

The site claims Ford is planning to invest $47 million in its Windsor, Ontario engine plant where the Coyote V8 is currently built. This investment is rumored to go towards creating a new, fuel-efficient 4.8-liter V8 for use in the F-150.

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The rumor should be taken with a grain of salt, however, because speculation of a 4.8-liter V8 from Ford has been circulating since 2016. If Ford does release a new V8, it is expected to be more powerful than the Coyote with around 420 hp and 420 lb-ft of torque. Since the current 5.0-liter V8 isn't offered in the top F-150 trims like the Limited and Raptor, this new engine will be relegated to the second tier of trim levels.

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