In its current application, the 2011 Ford Mustang GT, the new ‘Coyote’ 5.0-liter DOHC V-8 musters up a healthy 412 horsepower and 390 pound-feet of torque--decent numbers, but still far short of the figures General Motors is achieving with its LS7 and supercharged LS9 range of V-8 engines.
Some would say that the GM engines naturally have a size advantage over the Ford V-8, and to an extent that is true--both GM engines displace more than 6.0-liters--but imagine what Ford could achieve if it were to bring forced induction to the table.
According to a new report that’s exactly what Ford is about to do. Australia’s GoAuto is reporting that Ford’s Aussie division is set to launch a new 50th anniversary edition of its Falcon sedan complete with a supercharged Coyote V-8.
The engine will appear in several Falcon models including the XR8, XR8 Ute and high-performance FPV version. The information comes from Federal vehicle certification, which reveals that Ford Australia has received formal homologation approval for an XR8 Falcon Ute powered by a supercharged 5.0-litre gasoline V-8. However, according to the same certification, the engine is only rated at 422 horsepower--only 10 horsepower more than the naturally aspirated version in the Mustang GT.
While this may seem redundant, there are expected to be three different versions of the supercharged V-8, each with a different state of tune. Let’s just hope that the performance potential of the force-fed Coyote Down Under will be able to persuade Ford’s North American bosses to do the same here.