Ford's 'Godzilla' V8 claims heavy duty truck power crown

Ford’s new V8 will be the most powerful gasoline engine offered in the heavy-duty truck segment when it goes on sale later this year, backing up its ‘Godzilla’ nickname.


The top version of the 7.3-liter pushrod motor is officially rated at 430 hp and 475 lb-ft of torque and comes mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission.


Those numbers best the current 6.2-liter V8’s 385 hp and 430 lb-ft ratings, but fall short of the light duty F-150’s available turbocharged 3.5-liter V6, which puts out 450 hp and 510 lb-ft. Ford promotes the naturally aspirated V8s as durable, easy-to-service options for heavy-duty customers not looking for a diesel.


The engine will be offered in several power tunes on F-Series and E-Series trucks and chassis cabs, some with a six-speed transmission, but can also be had in the F-250/350 Tremor off-roader, which is aimed at the retail recreational market.