Spied! Coyote 5.0-Liter V-8 Ford F-150

Spied! Coyote 5.0-Liter V-8 in Ford F-150 Engine Bay
Photos by Brian Williams for Brenda Priddy & Company

We've just received spy photos from Brenda Priddy & Company that show a pack of “Coyote”-powered F-150 pickups out running with Ford’s new 4-valve dual overhead cam 5.0-liter V-8 engine, including the first photo you see here of the Coyote in an F-150 engine bay.

In January, we first told you about Ford’s plans to phase out the current 4.6-liter and 5.4-liter eight cylinder engines and replace them with the Coyote V-8 in 2010. The engine will be shared with the Mustang and is expected to produce approximately 400 horsepower and 400 pounds-feet of torque.

We also showed you the first pictures of the new Coyote V-8 cradled under the open hood of a Mustang test car. Worth noting: The Mustang engine we spied earlier appeared to have an aluminum intake manifold while the 5.0-liter V-8 in the F-150 appears to have a composite intake manifold.

Ford is testing the engine in every trim level of F-150, plus one very interesting test truck with 7-lug wheels – an indication the 5.0-liter V-8 might power a heavy duty payload package version of the half-ton.

7-lug Wheel F-150 with Coyote V-8

Unlike the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 that’s scheduled to arrive in late 2010 for the F-150, the 5.0-liter Coyote V-8 won’t use direct injection or turbocharging. It’s a naturally aspirated motor with fuel economy that’s expected to be comparable to the current 5.4-liter V-8. It's also expected to use a cast aluminum engine block instead of iron, to help save weight.

Interestingly, the 5.0-liter V-8 is said to produce power levels that are in the same neighborhood as the larger 6.2-liter V-8 that arrives in the Ford F-150 SVT Raptor in February and the 3.5-liter V-6 EcoBoost engine.

Of course, our sources tell us that Ford is already working on a version of the Coyote V-8 that will separate itself from the rest of the future V-8 engine lineup. In cartoons, the Coyote is only beat by a Road Runner. Look for a twin-turbo 5.0-liter V-8, code-named "Road Runner," with well over 500-horsepower to debut first in the Mustang GT500 in 2012 and possibly, in F-150 Harley-Davidson edition pickups.


"Can't wait to hear the numbers. I'd take the Coyote 5.0 V8 or the 6.2 Boss V8 over the ecoboost. I wonder if the 3.5 ecoboost will be a reliable engine. I hope they 'll built a supercharger for the Coyote, just like they did with the Triton in the lightning. That was a great engine."

You're crazy, The EB 3.5 is a beast of an engine. The only comparison you could make was if you could conceptualize the torque of a 3.5L turbo diesel with the HP of a turbo gas engine. As for its durability, its a 6 bolt main block that in normal tune on 87 octane can output 412HP. The current in-production version of the EB 3.5 was detuned so that the transmission would survive 150,000+ durability testing.

For the truck application, Ford needed to rerun those same tests to include data on towing and the different transmission.

Normally truck engines often have their fuel map calibrated with a rich bias so that the engine never goes lean during towing scenarios, but the EB 3.5L may be a different creature when it comes to being tuned.

@ mackintire: The ecoboost will be a great engine when it comes to power and torque. No doubt. But I'm a little concerned about the turbos. As you know turbo's can get very hot in a short time. What happens when you start this engine at -30 and drive away with a 10000 pound trailer? Can the turbo bearings withstand this quick change in temperature? I don't know. But I don't need a truck with lots of problems. So I'm not gonna buy the ecoboost until it has proven itself.

Thats funny because everything I have been seeing for the past year concerning the F-150 EcoBoost V6 has the numbers around 340 hp and 380lbs of torque, now all the sudden all three engines are producing the same hp? People lets be serious Ford isn't going to put out 3 engines with similar numbers, but they will put out 6 engines with different numbers if the need is there, it's just that simple, the EcoBoost will offer the power along with fuel economy.

i dont like ford..but atleast someones doing something new and cool i must say...however dodge and toyota have been over 400hp for a while now and fords just catching up...

I think this thing is getting way over sophisticated, Full sized pickup buyers are not sophisticated, they are either after end results (does it do what I want) or into bling (looking cool).

They sure do not give a rats tail about emissions? They will meet the EPA requirements, so emissions is a complete red hearing in a decision or discussion. If you are worried about emissions, you will get a Morinda diesel pickup! (of by a Smart for 2). A pickup is not green no matter what, and people either are after need (bed space and hauling/towing) or looking cool. It ain't an greeny group.

The reality is that it looks like the 5.0 will get the same or extremely close fuel economy to the V6 EcoBoost. Why pay more for an EcoBoost with more complexity and down road repair costs when you can get a V8 that does the same thing for less up front and long term? (and no more hp or torque)

Either way, I will wait until the used ones hit the market and then get the best deal I can on either one, or do the same at a dealer new.

What I can tell you is I tried to sell a Bronco with a straight 6, the lady like it, it suited her needs and she turned it down as soon as she found out it did not have a V8, despite driving it, and it had all the hp and go pup she wanted. He husband told her it was no good unless it had a V8 and that was that.

The simple fact is you can not get something for nothing.

The EB 3.5L will have more area under the curve and more torque under the curve than the 5.0L V8. You don't have to guess or speculate on that.

Knowing Ford and their trends the EB 3.5L will probably get 1 MPG worse then the 5.0L V8. I 'm pretty sure they are shooting for 23 MPG highway for the more fuel efficient 2x4.

Just something to think about.

Complex control systems using valves requires an automatic control based input of an actuator. The actuator strokes the valve allowing the valve to be positioned accurately and allowing control over a variety of requirements.

Id like to see the 300 Inline make a comeback.

i was woundering if the new ford 6.2l V8 engine will be replacing the triton 6.8l V10?

are these crate numbers...or actual?

i think i would choose the 6.2L i dont think little ecoboost can handle much....

wow....i see lots of wires...

i remember when it was only a engine and a carburator.

I went in to order a 2011 platinum with 6.2 but after a bit of talk and research found the best power/fuel economy was the 5.0 mostly because 6.2 is only available with 3.73 dif. Big displacement running faster will pull anything you ever hook to it but my goal was long distance driving without a trailer. 136L fuel tank and the great fuel economy expected should give this thing big range without a stop for fuel. 5.0 is kicking the 5.3 chevys for both power and fuel economy in early tests. I am very interested in the 3.5di but didn't want to wait as that engine is scheduled for late release. Ford is still number 1 thanks to great trucks and now even better engines.

I went in to order an F150 6.2L but when I was going through the order sheet found 6.2 is only available with 3.73 dif. and the 5.0 is available with 3.73 and 3.55. I then chose the 5.0 with 3.55 because it is bound to do a bit better fuel economy and I dont pull many trailers. If you want the king of half ton pickups when it comes to yanking tree stumps or pulling big trailers get the 6.2 or 3.5 but the 3.5 only comes with a smaller fuel tank and long range is my desire.

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