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Reports are coming out that the Mustang and F-150 could be getting brand new 6.8L V8's!! It's apparently the result of the negotiations between Ford and Canadian union Unifor for the Windsor Engine Plant.

Maybe it's going to be similar to the 7.3L Godzilla engine.


As we reported yesterday, Ford and Canadian union Unifor have officially come to terms on a historic new labor deal that includes a $1.8 billion dollar investment by the automaker to retool the Ford Oakville Assembly Plant to produce five electric vehicles, a process that will begin in 2024, with the first EV scheduled to roll off the assembly line in 2025, as well as a series of pay increases and new benefits for workers. However, Unifor president Jerry Dias also caused quite the stir when he announced that future Ford Mustang and Ford F-150 derivatives will be receiving a new engine.

Dias noted that the automaker is making a $148 million investment in the Ford Windsor Engine Plant as well. According to Unifor, Ford “has committed to source new 6.8L engines to the Windsor Engine Plant and sole source 5.0L engine assembly and current component machining to the Ford Essex Engine Plant, along with any derivatives.”

This would be notable in and of itself, but Dias stoked the flames of curiosity even further with his comments during a press conference announcing the new labor deal. At one point, Dias specifically said that the new 6.8L engine would be used in “derivatives for the Mustang and F-150.” The internet immediately went into a frenzy, speculating that this could be some sort of new pushrod V8 in the vein of the Ford 7.3L Godzilla V8.

Dias didn’t provide any additional details about this future Ford Mustang and F-150 engine, however, so there’s really no telling what it might be. It could indeed be some sort of pushrod V8, or a V10, or even a diesel engine of some sort. It’s also quite possible that Dias misspoke and the 6.8L is slated for use in the F-150, Ford Super Duty, or something entirely different altogether. In fact, in Unifor’s press release, it referred to the engine as a “6.XL,” so we don’t even know if it actually displaces 6.8L.

There’s also the fact that Dias says the new engine is coming to “derivatives” of the Mustang and F-150. That could mean a wide variety of things, including a potential future Mustang SUV or something entirely different. It’s more believable as a future engine for the F-150, but even then, Ford’s current focus is on smaller, turbocharged EcoBoost engines, the 3.5L PowerBoost hybrid, and electric power – not V8s.

At the end of the day, it’s hard to imagine, in a world where emissions requirements are ever-tightening, that Ford would put a big cubic-inch pushrod V8 in the Mustang. We certainly wish they would, of course, but until we see further proof that it’s actually happening, we won’t be getting our hopes up.
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With the 7.3L already here I'm surprised Ford is adding this 6.8L for the F-150 (I'm not complaining). I guess this one is going to be for performance and not towing since it's going in the Mustang.
 

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With the 7.3L already here I'm surprised Ford is adding this 6.8L for the F-150 (I'm not complaining). I guess this one is going to be for performance and not towing since it's going in the Mustang.
It seems like this new engine could be a smaller version of the Godzilla engine. Which would make sense rather than building a brand new one from the ground up.


Will this big new V8 be related to the Godzilla V8 engine in the Ford Super Duty? Considering the 7.3L Godzilla engine is currently built at the Windsor engine plant, this new V8 leaked by Unifor is likely to be a relative of the burly OHV pushrod V8 truck engine, which has a cast iron block. Ford engineers have told MC&T point blank that the Godzilla V8 will not find itself in the Mustang anytime soon. But that specific answer seemed to not pertain to variations of it.

The crazy thing about the 7.3L engine is that it's still delivers a crazy amount of straight line power. A stock motor was put in a Cobra Jet Mustang and it did a 1/4 mile in under 11 seconds.

With a little more refinement who knows what It'll be like in the Raptor and/or the Mustang.

 
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