Ford Official: We Will Not Drop V8 from Future Mustangs and F-150s
A Ford official vehemently denied a report proclaiming the death of the V8 engine in the Mustang and F-150 models after 2017.
The article from Horsepower Kings quoted an unnamed Ford representative as stating the following:
"Ford is definitely phasing out the V8 motor altogether. CAFE and EPA are working very hard discreetly to make sure of that. There is quite a bit going on at Ford that the public is in the dark about. The impression that I am getting is that Ford wants to continue it’s V8 program, but things have (rather recently) taken a new direction, presumably from CAFE/EPA pressure in mid to late 2013."
We spoke to Ford Global Powertrain Technology Communications Manager, Paul Seredynski, who told us that there's "No basis of truth in that report".
We also asked him a few more questions about Ford's engine plans and choices:
CS: Is there a future for Ford's V8s in today's Eco-minded world, and if so, what does it look like?
PS: The V-8 still plays an important role in our product lineup, having just launched the new 5.0-liter V-8 in the 2015 Mustang, and we’ve also announced another upcoming new V-8 – the flat-plane 5.2-liter – in the GT350 and GT350R.
CS: Will we see a production EcoBoost V8?
PS: We do not discuss future product
CS: Why did you go with an EcoBoost V6 on the new GT and the Raptor?
PS: The compact nature (along with its exceptional power density) of the EcoBoost V-6 in the all new Ford GT was a key factor that allowed the exceptionally narrow rear canopy, a key design and aerodynamic element of the car. The EcoBoost engine in the all-new Raptor will produce more power and torque than the 6.2-liter V-8 it replaces with improved efficiency.
* CS= CarScoops , PS= Paul Seredynski