The horsepower wars in Detroit continue apace, with rumours sprouting that Ford is testing a twin-turbo variant of its 7.3L V8 truck engine. According to the crew at the industry site Ford Authority, unnamed sources claim Dearborn has stuffed a couple of turbochargers up Godzilla’s nose.
[UPDATE 22/09/2022: This over-the-top evolution of the Godzilla mill is more than a rumour, with Ford Performance Product Manager Mike Goodwin confirming late 2020 that a crate engine version of the thing was in the works. In September 2022, trademarks filed by Ford for a crate engine called “Megazilla” suggest the project is ongoing, though there’s still a lot we don’t know. Our original report continues unedited below. —Ed.]
Those same blabbermouths within the company weren’t clear if this engine has production intent or is simply the result of Ford engineers gone stir-crazy during the latest round of COVID-19 lockdowns. However, a twin-turbo variant of this engine would give Ford an answer to the absolutely psychotic levels of power being hove out across town at Ram.
Found in various iterations of the Super Duty pickup line – plus a detuned variant for vans – the mighty Blue Oval mill currently makes 430 horsepower and 475 lb-ft of torque. While it’s unlikely such an engine would ever find its way into the Raptor – remember, it’s all but assured the upcoming Raptor R will have the GT500’s V8 – it would make an interesting foil to the Ram Power Wagon, especially if the twin-turbo was made available on Tremor-equipped trucks.
It didn’t surprise us a couple of years ago when we learned Ford was working on a new engine for its heavy-duty pickup trucks. What did surprise us was its displacement and the choice to go with a pushrod-style design. Combined with a cast-iron block and two valves per cylinder, the whole thing reads like an engineering brief from last century. In the truck sphere, however, that’s not always a bad thing; sometimes it’s best to stick with a proven concept instead of making change for the sake of making change.
Your author has been impressed by this 7.3L V8 in the Super Duty; sticking a pair of turbos on it would take it to another level.
Keyword: Ford trademarks 'Megazilla,' likely for twin-turbo 7.3L V8 crate engine