Ford Superduty 7.3 Liter Gas Engine Coming
- Ford is referring to its new gasoline V-8, a.k.a. “Godzilla,” as “best in class”; it’s rated for 430 horsepower at 5500 rpm and 475 lb-ft of torque at 4000 rpm.
- Look for it to arrive first in the Ford F-250 and F-350 HD Super Duty models, followed shortly thereafter in the entire HD and commercial lineup.
- The arrival of the new 7.3-liter V-8 signals the end of the line for the modular V-10.
It’s been more than 20 years since Ford updated the gasoline engines in its heavy-duty lineup. The new 7.3-liter is down a couple of cylinders, but just about everything else is bigger and better. Look for 430 horsepower at 5,500 rpm and 475 pound-feet of torque at 4,000 rpm, both of which Ford claims are best-in-class for gasoline V8s.
As of now, the claim is 100 percent legit. GM’s most powerful engine in the gasoline HD space is its 6.6-liter V-8, which is rated at 401 hp and 464 lb-ft. (GM’s 6.2-liter V-8 is only offered in half-ton trucks but is less potent regardless.) Ram’s 6.4-liter gasoline Hemi V-8 is rated at 410 hp and 429 lb-ft. This being the extremely competitive truck world, however, don’t expect these rankings to remain static for too long.
A new 10-speed automatic transmission based on the unit currently in use in the F-150 will mate with the 7.3 in the F-250 and F-350 versions and up through the vehicle range to a point.