The Shelby GT500's Engine Costs $25,000

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That's as a replacement part, which has us wondering: how much is the crate motor going to cost?

It's a great time to be a muscle car fan. Right now, you can hop on the internet, go to your favorite American automaker's performance parts website, and buy a supercharged Hemi, a high-revving LS7, a punched-out version of Ford's Coyote V8 - basically any high-output Big Three motor you could ever want to throw at your custom build.

Very soon, the menu of options will gain another heavy-hitter: Ford's supercharged, 760-horsepower "Predator" V8 from the 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500. If you're now wondering "when?" and "how much?" we might be able to give you a rough estimate of the latter.

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While the Shelby GT500's Predator V8 still isn't listed on the Ford Performance parts site, it is available to Shelby GT500 owners as a repair part, with a price tag of $24,748.43 and a $1,000 core charge. That price tag sets a pretty high price floor for the crate version, which we gather will cost $25,750 at an absolute minimum, and more than likely, a fair bit more than that.

Why so much? Unfortunately, dual-cam engines simply cost more to produce than cam-in-block designs like the Chevy small-block and Dodge Hemi. Even Ford's 5.2L "Aluminator" crate engine - a 580-hp DOHC relative of the Coyote that can spin up past 7,800 rpm - is priced at $22,599, and that's without a supercharger.

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To put Ford's engine pricing into context, Mopar will sell you a supercharged, 807-hp Hemi V8 like the one in the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye for less than $22,000. They'll ship you a 1,000-hp 7.0L Hellephant V8 for $29,995. Of course, neither engine is as sophisticated as Ford's DOHC V8s, and neither has the Aluminator's intoxicating high redline, but if maximum output is the goal, it's hard to find fault with the value proposition of one of Mopar's crate motors.

Of course, Ford hasn't yet officially announced pricing for the 760-hp Predator crate motor. Until they do, we'll hold onto hope that it won't end up costing more than a brand new 2021 Ford Bronco.

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