When it comes to building engines with lower emissions, better economy, more power, and less vibration and harshness, Ford realized the small-block V8 was as good as it was going to get. That meant the Mustang needed a new engine.
For the new 5.0-liter V8, engineers took the best parts of Ford’s modular overhead-cam engine line for a new lump. They developed a strong aluminum block, high-flow aluminum heads, variable timing, a composite intake, tuned exhaust headers, an 11:1 compression ratio, and a new firing order for the cylinders. The result was good, but the magic ingredient was a trick timing system called Ti-VCT (Twin Independent Variable Camshaft Timing). We’re throwing a lot of technical words at you, but the essential result is more torque in the midrange, excellent high-rpm power, and better fuel economy with less emissions. A win-win-win-win, if you like.
The Coyote engine went into the 2011 model year Mustang, making 412 hp and 390 ft-lb of torque. The 4.6-liter V8 that preceded the 5.0 made only 300 hp. It was a night and day difference and set the Coyote engine up to be the best V8 platform for Ford since the 427 big block of the 1960s. For reasons of clarity, this list focuses on Coyote engines but not variants that have been given new names, like the supercharged 5.2-liter Predator or the naturally-aspirated 5.2-liter voodoo engine.