In news that we totally did not see coming, Ford has announced a new pushrod engine option for the upcoming 2020 Super Duty line of trucks. This engine is the biggest gasoline burning engine a manufacturer has made in some time as it measures out to 444ci or 7.3 liters. The engine is a camshaft in block design with pushrods and the whole bit. The engine is not direct injected, instead using port style fuel injection and variable valve timing.
This will be an optional engine in the trucks with the company’s 6.2L offering, which is an overhead cam layout serving as the base engine. As the 6.2L engine offers more then 360hp we’re expecting nearly 100 more cubic inches and this layout to be worth 420-430hp or potentially more. This is a cast iron block engine with a forged crank. It is like some weird dreamworld where we are waking up to the answer to every old school Ford guy’s prayers. We bet it will take 16-seconds for someone to start making big power with these. As they are the optional engine, it will be interesting to see how many the company sells as opposed to the time tested 6.7L diesel which will make more torque by a long shot.
If you had told us a week ago that Ford would be announcing what amounts to a modern, gas burning big block in February 2019 we’d have laughed at you and made you buy us a beer. Boy would we have been wrong!
Here’s the story from Ford below – this is pretty interesting!
An all-new Ford-designed and Ford-built 7.3-liter V8 joins the standard 6.2-liter V8 in Super Duty’s gas engine stable. The Ford-designed and Ford-built third-generation 6.7-liter Power Stroke® diesel V8 is upgraded to deliver more power and torque. An all-new Ford-designed and Ford-built 10-speed heavy-duty TorqShift® automatic transmission is paired with the 7.3-liter V8 and third-generation 6.7-liter Power Stroke® diesel V8. Ford is the only manufacturer to design and build all of its heavy-duty engine and transmission combinations – ensuring the powertrain works seamlessly with all chassis components and vehicle calibrations.
“With the addition of the 7.3-liter V8, upgrades to our 6.7-liter and the debut of an all-new 10- speed transmission, we are delivering the strongest, most capable Super Duty powertrain offerings yet,” said Mike Pruitt, Ford Super Duty chief engineer.
The 7.3-liter gas V8 engine delivers high performance in a compact package. Based on decades of commercial engine experience, this 7.3-liter is expected to be the most powerful gas V8 in its class – providing durability, ease of maintenance, and the towing and payload capability customers want. It uses an all-new cam-in-block, overhead valve architecture with cast iron block and forged steel crankshaft for maximum durability. Port injection with variable- valve timing optimizes the intake and exhaust to match performance with workloads. Oil jets cool the pistons under heavy loads.