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Differences Between a Coyote F150 & Coyote Mustang Engine

Posted 5/3/2016 by Phillip Perez

We have all looked into completing a Coyote Swap of our own into our beloved Mustangs. In this article we will touch on the differences between the two!

The F150 Coyote Motor

In 2011 Ford debuted the all new 5.0L in the Ford F150. Replacing the 5.4L and 4.6L V-8 options from the previous years. Even though this motor's compression ratio is lower than the Mustangs, it still made decent power from the factory. This all new F150 5.0L made an impressive 360 hp and 380 lb-ft of torque. This was achieved using a smaller intake cam for more torque, different valve job on exhaust valve for increased cooling in high loads, exhaust manifolds and obviously the tune.
What is the Difference Between a Coyote F150 Engine and a Coyote Mustang Enigne? - What is the Difference Between a Coyote F150 Engine and a Coyote Mustang Enigne?

The Mustang Coyote Motor

The Mustang Coyote Engine was debuted in 2011 also in the all new redesigned Mustang. This Mustang specific 5.0L Coyote boasted higher compression, 11.0:1 to be exact. Which is .5 higher than the F150 coyote engine. The Mustang 5.0L Coyote made 412 hp and 390 lb-ft of torque. Unlike the F150 Coyote, the 11-12 Mustang included piston cooling jets. However, Ford dropped the cooling jets in 2013 stating "it wasn't needed".
What is the Difference Between a Coyote F150 Engine and a Coyote Mustang Enigne? - What is the Difference Between a Coyote F150 Engine and a Coyote Mustang Enigne?

The Differences Between the Two

Although there is many similarities between the two, there are many key differences that are important to look at when swapping a 5.0L Coyote from a F150 or Mustang into your project car.
What is the Difference Between a Coyote F150 Engine and a Coyote Mustang Enigne? - What is the Difference Between a Coyote F150 Engine and a Coyote Mustang Enigne?

F150 Coyote Engine
  • 10.5:1 Compression Ratio
  • Milder Cam Profile for More Torque at Lower RPM's
  • Cast Iron Exhaust Manifolds
  • Tuned for Towing
  • Front Mounted Oil Cooler
  • No Windage Tray
  • Front Cover Moves Alternator Further out to the Side

Mustang Coyote Engine
  • Stainless Steel Exhaust Manifolds
  • 11.0:1 Compression Ratio
  • Higher Revving Cam Profile
  • Tuned for Performance
  • Bigger Oil Pump Gears