Today we are going to be taking a closer look at Ford Performance’s 7.3L Godzilla crate engine. This is going to be more of a chat session about the engine and overall specifications. We’ll get some really nice up-close shots of the engine and then close it out with a few opinions on the potential future for the Godzilla.
Ford stopped V-8 pushrod production in the late 90s and transitioned all of their V-8 applications to the modular, overhead cam engines. Although, Ford has continued to build V-8 pushrod crate engines for its Ford Performance product line. Here we are several years later and Ford decides to throw a pushrod powerhouse in their 2020 Super Duty! Who would have thought Ford even knew what a pushrod engine still was... just kidding! All jokes aside, like many Ford engines, this 7.3L big-block was code-named Godzilla for all the right reasons. Godzilla is the successor to the retired 6.2L single over-head cam V-8 that was used in the F-250s as well as the first-gen Ford Raptor.
After speaking with a few of Ford Performance representatives, Mike and Steve didn’t give any hard dates for release, but the Ford Performance team is working on a FEAD kit and control pack to support the Godzilla crate engine.
The front-engine accessory drive kit will consist of a power steering pump, alternator, alternator bracket, alternator hardware kit, an idler pulley for the alternator bracket, an a/c compressor, a belt tensioner for the alternator, water pump, and power steering pump, and two belts; one for the a/c compressor and one for the other engine accessories.
There wasn’t a ton of information given about the control pack, but we can all probably assume that it will be very similar to the Coyote control pack.
In closing, personally, we think the Godzilla engine is going to reserve its own space or corner in the aftermarket and its overall popularity. Like any new platform or engine or technology for that matter, it takes a little while for stuff to build up a following. I mean think of the Coyote, you really didn’t see a lot of Coyote Swaps until about 3 to 4 years after its debut in the 2011 Mustang GT. Thinking rationally about it, the engine had to develop a following and the aftermarket had to support it with swap components. So only time will tell if the aftermarket jumps on the Godzilla train and produces upgrade and swap parts. At this time, there have already been confirmations from aftermarket companies on supporting the Godzilla engine.
Other than the obvious of a Godzilla in a Fox Body or any other Mustang for that matter; we could see this engine making its way into the early and late-model Broncos, older F-100s and F-150s, big body Lincolns. We think the First-Gen Lightnings would be a great recipient of this engine and maybe even a Second-Gen Lightning if you really wanted to stir the pot, and of course the Fox Body. The beauty of this engine, you could put it in just about anything you want if it’ll fit, and regardless of the aftermarket support; in stock trim, it’s a powerful, reliable engine.
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