Ford Mustang GT500 760-hp V8 now available as a crate engine
Ford Performance has kept its promise to add the Mustang GT500's mighty V8 to its box engine catalog. It is available as a complete engine directly from the Blue Oval, the kit even includes a starter and an alternator, but costs almost as much as a new Mustang.
With 760 horsepower and 625 pound-feet of torque, the 5.2-liter Predator V8 prides itself as Ford's most powerful box engine. It is crowned by an Eaton TVS R2650 compressor and features forged aluminum pistons, forged steel connecting rods and a forged steel crankshaft. There's no word yet on how much more power these parts can take, but we bet the aftermarket will tell us soon.
The box engine (which was given part number M-6007-M52SC) includes the V8, a 92 millimeter throttle body, a compressor belt, the belt that powers the alternator and water pump, the left and right exhaust manifolds, the starter, alternator and air conditioning compressor . It's turnkey in the sense that it comes fully assembled and ready to be tossed into an unsuspecting ex-taxi Crown Vic, but enthusiasts can't just plug a 12-volt battery into the coil and start it up. They have to install a long list of electronics before they can even go for a spin.
Some builders choose to assemble their own small electronic parts. For others, Ford also offers a control package, which usually includes the powertrain control module, an armada of sensors, and the wiring harnesses necessary for all of these parts to communicate with one another.
The 5.2-liter Predator V8 is available now and starts at $ 25,995. The prices for the control package have not yet been published; Ford noted that buyers who want more information about this should contact the Ford Performance Tech Line. For context, a 2021 entry-level Mustang Fastback powered by the 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine starts at $ 28,400, including a mandatory target fee of $ 1,195. While the Predator certainly isn't cheap, it's a guaranteed way to build a car with tremendous performance, factory-developed components, and the security of a warranty plan.
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