Ford's new 5.0L "Coyote" V8 is a potent motor. My short time behind the wheel of a 2012 Mustang GT left me with surprisingly little negative to say about the Mustang itself, and a mix of shock and admiration for the new 32v quad-cam V8. It's such a quantum leap forward for Ford's pony car that you're left sort of wondering what planet it came from. An engine this good does a 3,600lb Mustang wonders. So there's no doubt shoehorning it into other places will work wonders, too. How about under the hood of a brand-new Ford Ranger pickup truck? This 2011 Ranger was brought to Blow-By Racing in Delray, FL for an infusion of a little more power. Out went the old 4.0L Cologne V6, replaced by a slightly healthier 5.0 32v Coyote V8. With 412bhp, it already has more than double what the original Ranger V6 makes; as if that's not enough, this truck is being prepped for a KB Supercharger and a Tremec T56 transmission swap. Is a Ranger not your style? How about a 1993 Fox-body Mustang? This swap was done by Kurgan Motorsports, with the engine out of a wrecked low-mileage 2011 GT. Considering a 5.0 Fox Body is about 700-800lbs lighter than a current Mustang, this one should really haul ass. The long-tube custom Kook headers are pretty impressive themselves. Even cooler: this car started out as a 4-cylinder, meaning it had a 100bhp 2.3L. So now it has more than quadruple the original power output, still from a basically stock motor. The transmission used in this swap was a five-speed Tremec T45 rather than the newer Getrag 6-speeder used on current Mustangs; maybe for fitment reasons. While fitment itself wasn't an issue, a lot of fabrication work had to be done to get the motor to sit happily- engine mounts, A/C bracket, power steering brackets and other miscellaneous items had to be created to make it happen. All this work won't be for nothing; Kurgan will be offering Coyote Fox swap kits for anyone that wants to junk their 302 Windsor and get some quad-cam loving in their life. There's a video of this creation running here, surprisingly smooth and quiet I'd say! What will someone stuff one in next? A Fiero? I'm hoping a Fiero.
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