Differences Between the 2011-17 Mustang 5.0L Coyote Engine

Posted 5/10/2016 by Phillip Perez

A common question among the Mustang community is "What is different about the Coyote Mustang engines through out the years?" Answer inside this article!

The Beginning of an Era

This was Fords chance to speak to the enthusiast by bringing back the iconic 5.0L. However, this time it boasted 412HP! Ford produced a remarkable engine with lower emissions, better economy, more power and less vibration. This brought new light to the Ford Mustang. The coyote has evolved over the years into the Boss 302 and the new VooDoo 5.2L version in the Shelby GT350. With many aftermarket parts, the all new Coyote could make serious HP with out justifying drive ability. Although these engines were very similar Ford changes little things through out the years.

The 2011-2012 Coyote Engine

The first year of the coyote made its statement by producing 412 hp at 6,500 rpm and 390 lb-ft of torque at 4250 rpm while making 11:1 compression. Starting with a clean slate, Ford engineered the 5.0L with power, efficiency, and economy in mind. They did this by utilizing a string aluminum block with deep-skirting, high flow heads, variable cam timing, a composite intake, and tuned headers!
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The 2013-2014 Coyote Engine

The 5.0L coyote V-8 continued to make impressive numbers increasing 8 hp while keeping the torque the same as the previous 2011-2012 Mustang GT model. The 2013-14 Coyote Block had smaller head bolts than the previous year and no oil cooling jets. The 2013-14 Mustang benefits from a phosphorous coating on the pistons as well as the piston rings from the Boss 302’s V8, and powertrain calibration improvements contribute to the increase in power as well.
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The 2015-2017 Coyote Engine

Along with the redesigned exterior of the 2015 Mustang, the 5.0 received a few upgrades of its own. This all mighty engine took a few cues from the 12-13 Boss, making this coyote a 435 hp & 400 lb-ft of torque 5.0L monster!
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The Boss Coyote Engine

With 444 hp at 11.0:1 compression, at the time, this was Ford's most powerful naturally aspirated engine they ever produced. To achieve this was no easy feat, and Ford has done significant upgrades compared to the 5.0L found in the GT. The Boss 302 featured a revised composite intake system with shorter runners for improved air flow in the higher RPM range. The lightened valvetrain components provided improved performance and could easily handle the 7500 RPM redline. The Boss also had new cylinder heads that have CNC-machined ports and chambers for better air flow across the entire RPM range, forged pistons, forged connecting rods and a forged steel crankshaft. This 302 also had an engine oil cooler that improved oil pressure and longer lasting lubrication during racing conditions. Needless to say, this 5.0L coyote was a huge upgrade over stock!
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The VooDoo 5.2L Engine

The Shelby GT350 and R variants produced a whopping 526hp & 429 lb-ft of torque! To achieve the 5.2L displacement Ford enlarged the bore size, and it also moved from a traditional crankshaft to a flat-plane crank. All-new heads get enlarged ports, bigger valves, and higher-lift cams. A new intake is used with taller ports, a larger plenum, and a 90mm throttle-body. We believe this high powered 5.2L V-8 will become a performance legend over time!
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