Ever since Ford brought their twin-turbo Cobra Jet concept to SEMA in 2012 we’ve been wondering when the automaker would get brave and build one for the road.
Well, if Horsepower Kings is to be believed Ford is working on an EcoBoost 5.0 V8 set to debut sometime in 2017 or 2018. Their insider claims we’re going to see this new motor in both the rumored Shelby GT500 Mustang and as a second motor option for the new F-150 Raptor.
“The EcoBoost 5.0 V8 program has been under development for a several years, and first made it’s public appearance in the Cobra Jet program in late-2012. The underlying purpose of the EcoBoost V8 project was to power the next-gen GT500. The 5.2L FPC program contributed to delaying the 5.0 EcoBoost program, but this V8 Twin-Turbo program is now on track again, and will make it’s debut in the next GT500 and 2018 F-150 Raptor, and could possibly become a second-motor option for the 2017 model year Raptor”
It’s also believed the 5.0 EcoBoost will hook up with Ford’s new 10-speed automatic gearbox already announced for the Raptor. With Chevy’s new ZL1 already making use of the jointly-developed automatic gearbox, it’s logical to think Ford might want the same for the GT500.
“The Raptor will ultimately be a two-motor truck – that was the plan all along – much like you have the option for the EcoBoost V6 or 5.0 V8 in other F-150 models. Ford knows there is a market for both powertrains, and wants to capitalize in both realms. Ford is really pushing the V6 EcoBoost program, and thought it was a great opportunity to debut both the Ford GT and Raptor with the 3.5L EcoBoost platform in Detroit, but make no mistake that the Twin Turbo V8 is on it’s way – I’m just not sure if we will see it in the 2017 Raptor, or the 2018.”
We’re not sure of the veracity here, but could you blame us for wanting to believe it’s true?