• Jun 24, 2008
Ford Racing has added a new toy to the catalog, the Romeo 605 crate engine. As the name implies this one is built at Ford's Romeo MI engine plant alongside the the other 5.4L supercharged V8s used in the Mustang GT500. This fully dressed crate engine forms the basis of the Shelby Super Snake and the upcoming limited run Cobra Jet drag car. In its current form the engine puts out 605hp thanks to the installation of a new supercharger.
The supercharger is an Eaton 2.3L unit for four lobe rotors. The rotors have 160 degrees of twist. If those specs sound vaguely familiar, that because it matches the unit GM is installing on the LS9 engine for the ZR1 Corvette. This one is of course not street legal and is intended for off-road use. At 605hp and 550lb-ft, Ford claims this is the most powerful off the shelf modular motor yet. At a list price of $18,150 it may also be the most expensive running almost the same price as a base V6 Mustang. Thanks to Paul for the tip!

[Source: Ford Racing]


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      Carlos
      • 6 Years Ago
      This makes me wonder what it would be like if you bought a GT500 rolling chassis with an engine delete and swap this baby in there...
        • 6 Years Ago
        @Carlos
        Or you can simply get a Kenne Bell twin screw and get 800+ hp.
        • 6 Years Ago
        @Carlos
        More tire smoke.
        Carlos
        • 6 Years Ago
        @Carlos
        I'm also looking at the fact that this is an aluminum block vs. the GT500 cast iron.
        • 6 Years Ago
        @Carlos
        It'd probably be about like a GT500 with 100 more horsepowerz.
        • 6 Years Ago
        @Carlos
        Actually I believe the Romeo 605 uses the same iron block as the GT500 so no weight savings here
      • 6 Years Ago
      1. Is it street legal?
      2. I don't care if it isn't, I'd swap it in...
      • 6 Years Ago
      It's not street legal?

      What's the purpose then? I could just buy one of their 521ci big blocks. It's more power, half the price, less complicated, and they probably weigh the same.
        • 6 Years Ago
        "What's the purpose then?"

        Makling the lawyers happy. It will still be put in street cars.
      • 6 Years Ago
      darn, and here i was hoping its was 605 CID for a drag car
      lame.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I dont get the market and specially the cost of crate engines.
      About 2 years ago we wanted to make a big dune buggy. Rather then spen 10 grand on a crate engine like a 4.7 dodge engine, 4.0 mustang engine, 4.6 Ford engine, we simply went to the local wreck yard and had over 400 engines to choose from.
      We found a brand new Chrysler 300 hit from behind. It had the 3.5 250hp V6 in it. We asked and got the engine for 900 bucks. The car showed 1300miles on it and the engine was very easy to take and ran beautifuly.

      If you're looking for a big V8 for some hotrod go to the salvage yard and get a chevy or ford hit from behind and grab the 5.3 or 5.4 engine. You can still put a supercharger and come out way ahead than this thing.
      s13hybrid
      • 6 Years Ago
      Is $18k worth it, or could you build a better motor for less yourself? I don't know much of anything about fords, but that seems like a waste of money.
        • 6 Years Ago
        @s13hybrid
        The beauty of the LS7 is under 500lbs engine weight, and 650 hp easy naturally aspirated.
        Carlos
        • 6 Years Ago
        @s13hybrid
        Just because its aluminum doesn't mean its the same weight. DOHC motor usually weigh more than a push rod counter part because of three other camshafts and their attributed running gear.
        • 6 Years Ago
        @s13hybrid
        this thing is cheap compared to the 500 + hp crate motor out of the Ford GT witch cost closer to $30,000 for some stupid reason.
        • 6 Years Ago
        @s13hybrid
        Well to give you an idea, i found an LS7 Crate motor for 12,999.00 from crateenginedepot.com. so this is 5 grand more than that.....this was just an example of what crate motors are going for

        you could definitely build a serious motor for less then 18 grand
        • 6 Years Ago
        @s13hybrid
        Uhhh, The Ford GT engine is an Aluminum Block.
      • 6 Years Ago
      18 grand??? yeeeaaaaaaa good luck with that lol

      monster of a motor...don't get me wrong...but that price is just a tad bit steep
        • 6 Years Ago
        and you say that because??

        how do you know what I've done? 18grand for a motor is a very LARGE sum of money. Hell i could pick up a ZZ572 crate motor for around 13grand and its making 650 horse...NA i might ad. so please...spare me your assumptions
        • 6 Years Ago
        You've apparently never priced crate engines before.
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