• Mar 26, 2006

Cancelled last year for a variety of reasons, The Detroit News believes that the Blue Oval has renewed its "Hurricane" next-generation V8 engine program. Despite high gas prices, horsepower and torque continues to sell vehicles, and Ford has found itself falling behind competitors in the full-size SUV and pickup market. Add in healthy competition from Nissan and Toyota's upcoming Tundra, and there is little doubt that Ford would do well to act immediately.

At this point, it's not clear if Ford will stay with an overhead-cam multi-valve architecture, or follow GM and Chrysler down the pushrod 2-valve path. Either way, expect the new engine to utilize a significantly larger bore and shorter stroke than the current 5.4L Triton (pictured).

While the primary application for the Hurricane is Ford's full-size truck lineup, it would be surprising if it didn't make it into the Mustang as well, as we can expect the Camaro and Challenger to both show up packing significantly more than the GT's current rating of 300 HP.

Expect to see the new engine sometime around 2008.

[Source: The Detroit News]

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      • 8 Years Ago
      A bit late but good to have some competition.

      The Hemi was designed for more power as withthe Cummins TD. The next batch of Hemis are being bumped for more peformance and better MPG.

      The Cummins gets move to a bigger bore - 6.7ltr.

      DCX has a six, seven, and eight speed autos.

      Keep trying Ford....yes!

      • 8 Years Ago
      Call up Aisin-Warner, can we please buy the 8 speed automatic.

      Or how about 3 valves per cylinder with 3 pushrods(and throw in 2 spark plugs per cylinder) and have the collapsing/telescoping roller follower act as 'Ford VTEC', so high swirl is made at low engine speeds (1 intake valve opening only) and then 3000-6000 operate with both intake valve opening (tumble) and good cylinder filing.

      • 8 Years Ago
      This maybe fine, but Ford should make a variety of Diesels to offer in their trucks.

      The only Diesels available are the big heavy duty kind in the 3/4 ton on up.
      A good in line six for the 150 and a four cylinder for the ranger will give good mileage.
      • 8 Years Ago
      3000 to 6000? I would't want to trailer a boat at 6000 rpm, or even 5000 for that matter. This is a truck we are talking about, not rice.

      and Ford might want to reconsider that choice of name before they face a lawsuit from DC (Jeep)