2018 Mustang Engine Information – 302 cubic inch V-8 (5.0 L Coyote V8)
The 5L Coyote
The Coyote is a 5.0 liter, naturally aspirated V8 engine from Ford Motor used in the Ford Mustang and pickup trucks. Featuring a dual overhead cam (DOHC) design, in a V configuration, the Ford Coyote architecture has been part of the Ford Modular family since 2010. Ford’s first Coyote engine was built in 2010. With an increased push for engines that had more power and more economy, it was clear that that technology needed to improve dramatically, and that wasn’t going to be possible if Ford chose to stay with a traditional small-block engine.
The modular engine had improved dramatically since the first iteration was used in a Lincoln Town Car back in 1990. Also, Ford had some exciting new technology that they couldn’t wait to add to the modular designs. 2010 was the first year that Ford added Twin Independent Variable Cam Timing to some of its engines. The Coyote engine was designed to compete with the Charger’s Hemi and the Camaro’s LS3.
Since 2011, a Coyote engine has been in all Mustang GTs and has been available as an option in upgraded F-150s. There are a fair number of differences between the Mustang and F-150 Coyotes. The Coyote was also used in the Ford Falcon, one of Ford’s Australian cars.
The most recent update to the Coyote Engine was made in 2018. The third generation of Coyote is still a compact 5.0L engine, but now it reports 460 horsepower and 420 pounds of torque and is frequently tuned beyond that. Though any generation of Coyote is powerful, the third generation also added some smart features that allow the engine to be efficient even when it’s moving at lower RPM. Additionally with the extra power the third generation Coyote has it can maintain an RPM of 7500, a full 500 RPM higher than its predecessor.