Is Ford Getting Rid of the V8 Engine?
Just last month, Ford pulled the sheet off of a few new models in Detroit, and although the excitement that was provoked by the new performance vehicles was definitely warranted, there was something that Ford failed to mention during their press conference that could cause quite the stir in the automotive industry.
Rumors floating around online are saying that Ford could be getting rid of the V8 engine, and although it is just speculation at this point, after seeing the performance vehicles that were unveiled in the Motor City, there is actually a good chance that the rumors could be true. We don’t want them to be true, but based on recent news, it seems that the eight-cylinder engines we know and love could soon be a thing of the past.
Once again, before we get into any details, remember to take this all with a grain of salt as nothing has been confirmed quite yet. This is all based on rumors, as well as speculation from recent announcements.
To understand this, you must look at the 2017 Ford GT and the 2017 Ford Raptor, both of which were unveiled in Detroit. In the past, both of the models were offered exclusively with V8 engines, as they needed the extra cylinders to provide the impressive power that made them so desirable. Advances in technology have changed that, however, and Ford can now produce a lot more with a lot less.
The new versions of the GT and the Raptor are both set to get rid of their larger fuel-gulping engines, and will instead come equipped with EcoBoost V6 engines. As you may know, this means that they will come turbocharged, allowing them to deliver V8-like numbers while still achieving impressive fuel economy.
You may be skeptical about the abilities of a turbocharged V6, and when you look at other engines on the market that utilize similar technology, it’s clear to see why you may be weary. There is no need to be concerned, however. Ford has already stated that the Ford GT will get “more than 600 horsepower” while the Raptor is expected to generate more than 500 horsepower. It’s more power than many V8s can make.
One of the major reasons that Ford is beginning to cut down on their V8 engine production is that strict EPA regulations and CAFE laws are causing all automakers to focus on increasing the fuel economy and reducing the emissions of their vehicles. It is because of those very laws that Ford swapped out the steel body of the 2015 Ford F-150 for an aluminum body. The reduced weight helps to increase fuel economy.
Unfortunately, if the rumors are true, we could eventually see a Mustang without a V8 to offer, and for all of the hardcore enthusiasts of the pony car, that would be a sad day to say the least. However, if you can come to terms with the fact that an EcoBoost V6 could actually be more beneficial, you’ll make it through.
As we stated earlier, this is all just speculation, so we can’t exactly give you a distinct answer on whether or not Ford will get rid of their V8 engine, but we wouldn’t be surprised if Ford announced that they will be throwing the non-efficient engines to the wayside. We’ll keep you updated as soon as we hear more.
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