• Oct 31st 2006 at 7:54AM
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For the past few years, one engine has garnered more attention than any other: Chrysler's Hemi. Between garish badging and a sublimely ridiculous TV advertising campaign, 'Hemi' has become synonymous with large displacement, American power. Ford wants a piece of that branding action too and has re-introduced the Boss 302 V8.

Originally called the Hurricane, the newly developed V8 underwent a name change to distance itself from a certain disaster off the Gulf Coast. The project was originally shelved in 2005, but Mark Fields decided that the development costs were necessary to compete in a market rife with clever branding strategies.

The 5-liter V8 will make anywhere between 340 and 500 HP, with the base block costing about $1,800 and a fully built unit running between $5k and $10k.

Although the engine is only available in crate form now, the new Boss will find a home under the hood of the 2008 F150, the Shelby GT, a 40th anniversary version of the pony car in 2009, the Boss Mustang, due the same year, and a few other special edition vehicles over the next three years.

More information and live pics are on their way. As always, stay tuned.

[Source: Ford, BlueOvalNews and the Detroit News]

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    • 1 Second Ago
      • 8 Years Ago
      Wait, do I see carbs on that?
      • 8 Years Ago
      Howard Kerr

      plenty of engines have names ..

      Honda has the vTech engines.
      Mitsubishi has the Mivec engines
      Nissan is well known for the VQ V6 engines

      GM has Ecotec 4 cylinder engines, HF V6 engines, their pushrod V8 engines are LS engines, and their DOHC V8 engines are NorthStar engines. Their Truck engines are Vortec, and Diesels are Duramax.

      Ford has Duratec 4 and 6 cylinder engines, Triton V8 engines, and is developing this BOSS series of V8 engines. Their diesels are Powerstrokes.

      So yes - engines names are common - and they DO help in marketing - Ford is actually quite late to the game with the V8 engines - the Triton name has ZERO ring to it. Northstar and LS and HEMI are MUCH better known and remembered engines, and the name recognition is one of the things that makes them desirable.

      • 8 Years Ago
      The crate Boss motor is a pushrod motor. It is different from the Boss they are planning for productions cars/trucks. It is not based on the 'Cammer' engine. The Cammer is based on the 4.6 mod engines. The Cammer sells for $15,000 and starts at a minimum for 400hp. Appearently people who read the article, didnt read the article.
      • 8 Years Ago
      #15 - Ford Racing sells a kit to turn a Focus into a V8, RWD machine. Or at least they used to.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I agree with Jason. Ford needs this to compete with the upcoming Camaro's performance. If it is a pushrod V-8, that's a plus in this market. Ford also needs to remember to use good heads on this engine.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Only one person has mentioned anything about the heads. The heads are the distinguishing feature of the original Boss 302. The old 289,302, 351W, 5.0, etc. all had the "Windsor" type heads. The Boss 302 had "Cleavland" type heads (as did the 351C and Boss 351). These heads had huge ports and valves and the valves are canted in the head(similar to a 427 Chevy). If Ford stays true to the "Boss" engine, as Dodge did with their new Hemi, then the new engine would be an OHV pushrod engine. Engines with the "Cleavland" heads made tremendous power for their displacement. It was a great engine. Hope the new one lives up to the name.
      • 8 Years Ago
      i thought the Hurricane was going to be a 6.2l version of the triton V8?
      • 8 Years Ago
      I say call it Katrina.
      (I'm from New Orleans.)
      • 8 Years Ago
      Yeah, next thing you know there will be a Mustang Boss Cobra II based on the bodywork of the Mustang II. It'll come with a 2.3 liter four and dual fire extinguishers flanking the Pinto-vintage gas tank.
      Seriously, I like the Mustang and love the sound of the V8s, but dang, stop diluting the brand!
      • 8 Years Ago
      Is it just me or is Ford grasping at every iteration of the "performance" mustang that there ever was? It seems that in the past year they have attempted to revive every single special model there ever was. Does it make any sense to shoot your entire wad at once like this? Grasping at straws? Desperate? Lame?
      • 8 Years Ago
      For all posters:

      please read the article CAREFULLY.

      it talks about 2 DIFFERENT ENGINES - that are related in NOTHING (but name).

      The CRATE BOSS engine - is an older engine design with new name - it is a cheaper version of the Cammer crate engine. it is a pushrod, and that is the engine that is quoted at 340hp - 500hp.

      The PRODUCTION BOOS engine - has NOTHING in common with the crate engine. The production BOSS is a DOHC V8 loosely based on the current MOD/Triton engine - it will allow Ford to go to displacement at or north of 6.0l - and be more balanced in the ratio of bore and stroke - the MOD/Triton was too narrow - with small bore, and huge stroke, and maxed out at 5.4l. There have been no specs released of the production BOSS engine.

      Finally - those that think that Camaro or Challenger will debut with 400hp standard engine - can dream on - it will not happen - bot of the cars will have SS/SRT versions that will go to high power well north of 400hp - but the regular V8 will be in the 350hp range.

      • 8 Years Ago
      It's not pushrod. This is the 5.0 cammer engine that was showcased in a Mustang concept back when the S197 was coming out. The motor is also available in crate form through Ford Racing.
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