04-16-08: The news never comes directly from the source. But again this week, a side glance from another foreign Ford source has confirmed that a 5.0 litre V8 will once again be under the hood of the next Mustang.
In a story published on Stuff.co.nz which talks of Ford considering to drop the 5.4 BOSS V8 from the Falcon models Down Under, the news that Ford is indeed readying production of a 5.0 litre V8 here in the States is again confirmed.
Ford Australia’s recently appointed president Bill Osborne confirmed a new 5.0-litre V8 to be developed and built in North America for the Ford Mustang was being examined for possible use in Ford’s new Falcon as they consider whether or not to continue with the Aussie built 5.4 BOSS engine.
“We have taken a look at that V8 and it looks like it will be a pretty competitive engine, particularly if we decide to boost (turbocharge or supercharge) it as well,” said Osborne. Of course, he is talking about boosting the engine for the Australian market. While Ford is moving head-long to roll out new “Eco-Boost” turbocharged I4 and V6 engines in our market, Ford officials here have denied any interest in applying turbo charging to a V8 for the States.
No information has been released as to the horsepower specifications for the new 5.0 litre V8 or whether the engine will have a 3-valve or 4-valve configuration. But horsepower has been rumoured to be in the 350-375hp territory.
We reported late last year that Canadian Union boss Buzz Hargrove also mentioned that Ford was to build the new 5.0 litre V8 when speaking of the re-opening of the Windsor engine plant.