No Replacement for Displacement | Is it Time for a 5.7L Tall-Deck Coyote???

No Replacement for Displacement | Is it Time for a 5.7L Tall-Deck Coyote???


Let’s face it, the 5.0 Coyote V8 has introduced an era of Ford Pony Car dominance the likes of which we’ve never really seen. The Terminator absolutely crushed the competition in its day, but that was a time where Mustang was really the only active pony car offering. Coyote has had challengers from both Mopar and Chevy during its three (so far) generation run. In the GT class the competition doesn’t really touch if, and when you start adding mods the dominance is even more apparent.

However, once you leave the world of performance cars and step into the truck arena things are a bit difference. When you start adding weight low end torque and a flat torque curve start to become more important than high-revving horsepower. Then you have to consider that both GM and Ram are offering much larger displacement V8s. The GM 6.2L truck engine is particularly potent; and other than the cylinder deactivation eventually crapping out, it’s a pretty good engine. Rumor has it that Mopar is going to start installing a larger displacement HEMI in their half-ton trucks as well.


GM built this tall-deck LSX block and it can be stretched to 454 cubic inches.

That leaves Ford with a comparatively small, yet far more technologically advanced, 5.0 V8 and a bunch of V6 engines. While the 3.5L EcoBoost is a seriously powerful engine, there’s a large contingent of buyers who can’t see themselves anything other than a big Ford V8. Ford those buyers even the fantastic Coyote may fall a little short of their expectations. But there is a throwback technique Ford could use to bring a new level of performance to the Coyote platform.


Which of these appeal to you?

The first Ford modular engine was a 4.6L V8 (progenitor of the 5.0 Coyote) introduced in 1991 Lincoln Town Car. Six years later Ford stretched the 4.6 block to make the 5.4L V8 that we came to know and love across multiple utilitarian and SVT platforms. The same method could be applied to the 3rd Gen Coyote, and if the stroke were kept the same as the five-four you would end up with a 5.7L V8. To me; that is an appropriately sized top-of-the-line ½ ton truck V8, and it would take a minimal amount of effort from Ford Powertrain Engineering.


Ford has dropped a tall-deck 32V V8 in a "truck" before. Look up the Lincoln Blackwood.

We would only need a handful of new parts to make this work. Of course you’re going to need a new tall-deck block, but that’s easy enough. They can either stretch the Coyote mold of Coyote’ize the old 5.4 block. Then there’re new rods and probably a cam profile. The primary timing chains and front cover are going to need to be a bit longer, and the intake manifold will have the be a bit wider. The wiring harness and exhaust will require a little tweeking. They might be able to just know the dust off the Trinity 5.8L crank tooling and use those forged arms. In any event, this isn’t rocket science. Ford could make this happen if there was a market for it.


The 6.2L Ford V8 was nicely sized, but a bit on the piggy side.

So what would a 5.7L tall-Deck Coyote V8 put out? The last time we had big and little V8 options in the F-150 was 2010, back before EcoBoost was a thing. At that time Ford actually bragged about having an All-V8 Engine lineup. You could have a 4.6L (in either 2V or 3V configuration) or a 5.4L 3V. For comparison’s sake let’s focus on the 3V engines. The 4.6L made 292 HP @ 5700RPM and 320 Lb-Ft @ 4000RPM.

While the 5.4L was churning out 320HP @ 5000RPM and 390 Lb-Ft @ 3500RPM* (these are the factory rating while using E-85, on regular gas peak numbers were 310/365 at the same RPM readings). The current 3rd Gen 5.0 in a 2018+ F-150 is rated at 395HP @ 5750RPM and 400 Lb-Ft @ 4500 RPM.


We don't look back at the 5.4L 3V very fondly, but it did make decent torque at low RPMs.

That’s a difference of 28HP and 70Lb-Ft,and the 5.4 was making peak torque 500RPMs earlier on its highest output 3V version. Even if the a 5.7L Coyote made roughly the same increases over the 5.0 as we saw with the old 3V engines you’d be looking at a top line V8 making somewhere in the neighborhood of 425HP @ 5500RPM and 470 Lb-Ft @ 4000RPM. That’s enough to make it the most powerful V8 gas engine offering in a half-ton truck (2019+ GM 6.2 V8 makes 420HP @ 5600RPM and 460 Lb-Ft @ 4100RPM).


The 5.0 Coyote is a great engine, but the F-150 could use a little more V8 grunt.

Personally, I think if Ford were to produce such an engine we could expect output to be a little higher. That’s mostly due to all the technology advantages the 3rd Gen Coyote architecture has over the old 3-Valve stuff. If I were to hazard a guess I would peg a tall-deck Coyote headed V8 at around 435HP @ 5700 RPM and 485 Lb-Ft @ 4000 RPM.


A positive displacement blower is a great way to add torque, but a longer stroke from the factory would be a lot more economical.

Now the big question, is there a market for a long stroke Coyote? There was a market for a 351 over a 302, and a 5.4 over a 4.6. I don’t see why there wouldn’t be buyers for a torquier version of one of the best V8s Ford has produced. But it really comes down to you guys. If a 5.7L Coyote in an F-150 is something you’d like to see post in this thread. Ford keeps an eye on SVTP, so they’ll see your opinion. Let them know.


Just imagine a 5.8L Coyote headed V8 in a new Cobra Mustang from Ford. Tell them to make it a reality.
It should go without saying, YES. I know one of the reasons I love my Triton V10 2v is I make enough power and torque to pull a house, but I can do it on 87 pump gas. I imagine this is the same advantage the Coyote 5.0 has over the Ecoboosts. While not offering the torque curve of the EB, it makes healthy power on the cheap stuff.

There should never have ever been a question about a larger version of the Coyote. YES, BUILD. Ill also assume a 5.7 Coyote would be launched sooner than the next GT500 will be? :D :D :D
Why did Ford not seemingly spend any R&D into the 6.2L?
Just wasn't an efficient engine?

Remember reading rumors/posts about the 6.2 and how it could be bored out quite a bit. Make it in an aluminum block to save weight.

While it wasn't a world beater in the Raptor, you rarely hear any horror stories with the engine in the SD or Raptor worlds*.

*Stock, not with a supercharger that blows up the oil pump gear.
IMO, the 5.0 is not well suited for a truck if you want to tow with it on a regular basis. It will do the job but I think its lacking in the low end torque department like the article states.

Ford needs more V8 options, plain and simple or at least bring the 6.2 back.

A tall deck Coyote would be very interesting!
Interesting take.

But, given how they've pushed the EB engines indicates that they have been doing so to push their costs on development of that engine family down and make them more "mainsteam". Making a V8 that trumps the EB like that would hurt sales of the EB, which may not play into their long term business model.
I'd be all about it, but I'm not holding my breath. There's already like 5-6 engines in the lineup, something would have to give, probably the 2.7L? So it would be:

3.3 NA v6
5.0 NA v8
3.5L EB
5.7L NA v8
3.0L diesel?
The majority of us here are true Ford fans; while some just like a good forum to discuss performance and others bleed Ford blue.
However all of us agree the Coyote is a great engine that is handicapped by its lack of displacement.
I’d much prefer an updated Coyote/modular Ford V8 with larger bore spacing to allow the engineers more options.
That said, yes I’d very much want a tall deck 5.7/5.8 Coyote.
Just please make the block strong enough to double as a bomb shelter.
Maybe what they're thinking is that it would be even easier to twin turbo the 5.0 than tall deck it. The turbos could be sized to handle the low end torque for trucks/pulling. And larger units for more air/power further up in the RPMs.
I love the idea but it needs to be a 5.8L and not a 5.7L. The question is how much more would it drive the price up of the already insanely priced F150?

I thought that, but for truck duty I think they would probably use a slightly smaller bore. Thus you get the 5.7L.

I doubt you'd see such an engine in a Super Duty due to the spray bore liners.

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