Ford Mustang not a true 5.0? The hoax is up!!

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The hoax is up!! Did you know that since the Mustangs debut in 1968, Ford’s 302-cubic-inch engine has always displaced 4942 cubic centimeters? This means that the famed 5.0 was in actuality, a 4.9 liter. Despite this reality, Ford deemed this motor a 5.0 in 1975 and Ford fanatics have been disillusioned ever since. So why did Ford lie to their customers? Well, in the world of American muscle and V8’s, bigger is always better. That and five is a nice even number so one could argue product recognition would be eased by this rounding. To me, it seems as though Ford made the right call. I can’t even tell you how many Ford guys who have had ten mustangs tell me I’m crazy when I explain their ‘75 garage queen is a 4.9 liter rather than the 5.0 they’ve been bragging about for the last 20 years. This may be a little demoralizing for all of my readers proudly donning the “5.0” badge on their fender flanks, and justifiably so. However, one need not worry any longer!! The all new “Coyote” 5.0 motor mounted in the 2011+ Mustang GT’s are true 5.0’s. Yes, at 4951cc’s the all new Coyote is an all-aluminum, twin independent variable cam timed (Ti-VCT) 5.0 and revs all the way up to a 6800-rpm redline. The 2013 Coyote cranks out 420hp and 390 pound-feet of torque in GT trim. The Boss 302 makes 444hp while the flagship Shelby GT500 makes a whopping 650hp and tops out at 200mph.

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The Ford Mustang has long been one of my favorite cars and it gives me pride to know that each Mustang successively betters the last. Through innovative design and modern technology yields a better Mustang every year. Even the V6 makes 300hp now and does so while getting 32mpg highway. This is a new record never accomplished by any car in production. Even the 650hp supercharged Shelby GT500 bypasses a gas guzzler tax with a sixth gear that enables the GT500 to cruise at 70mph on the highway at 1500rpm. These kinds of technologies can be found across the board from many different manufacturers but Ford has certainly been a pioneer to such technologies. All this from a corporation that also produces race cars from the factory with a factory warranty included. Such models include the Cobra Jet drag car, Fiesta rally car, Focus SCCA car, to name a few… Anyone who suggests Ford is “behind the times” or insinuates Ford is an unreliable brand hasn’t been keeping up with their assigned reading. Often I hear Toyota proponents suggesting that Ford’s are “outdated, crude, or inferior” and that is simply not true. Ford has become a very competitive player on the global market and I foresee a very bright future for the corporation. Thanks for reading and stay driven!!!!


5 thoughts on “Ford Mustang not a true 5.0? The hoax is up!!

  1. Pingback: Ford Mustang not a true 5.0? The hoax is up!! | Driven

    • The latest Mustang GT 5.0 is 4951 cubic centimeters…exactly. That equals 302.13 cubic inches. This means that the new GT block displaces 4.952 liters… A “true” 5.0 would exactly displace 5000 milliliters vs. the 4952.139 that the current GT produces. However, the value of the .048 liters that would be gained through added machining of the cylinder walls would likely be quite fractional if you consider the change in back pressure from added exhaust gases with the assumption that more fuel would be accepted into each cylinder with their growth.

      So to answer your question, no…The GT is not a true 5.0. But with the machining of cylinders…this is pretty darn close. A standard deviation of only .048 liters represents the difference of having a nalgene water bottle that is filled with water (causing a very minor expansion) vs. an empty bottle.

      The 351 in the Boss is not a true 5.8 like many assume as well… A 5.8 would displace 5800 milliliters whereas a 351 displaces 5753.155 milliliters. A true 5.8 would be 353.858 cubic inches.

      The new “5.0” is as close as Ford’s gotten…and honestly, if you go look up the stats on a new camaro or corvette…they’re a little off too. But manufacturers round…

      I hope this helps… If you want to play around with it yourself, here’s a link to a website that can help you understand… Just plug in the claimed liters and theres your answer!!

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