Mustang vs F-150 Coyote Engines

Kevin Cassar
August 12, 2020

Coyote Mustang and F-150 Engines

For almost a century, both the Mustang and the F-150 have made what Ford Motor Company is. Without these two legendary vehicles, Ford wouldn’t be what it is today. Although they are entirely different vehicles for different purposes, they have always shared similarities when it comes to the engine. Since the 1980s, both Mustang and F-150 have shared various engine components to enhance overall performance for multiple needs. Fast-forward to the early 2000s, engineers at Ford were able to use the base 4.6L and 5.4L blocks introduced into both vehicles for different needs. The only difference would be the internal components to handle higher horsepower torque.

Moving into the 2010s, Ford knew that they had to step up their engine game to compete with the likes of their domestic rivals in Chevrolet and Mopar. Luckily, in 2011 the performance and truck world would never be the same ever again as the 5.0L V8 would return to showrooms all across America. Unlike previous 5.0 liter engines of the past in the 1980s and 1990s, this new beast would integrate the latest in modern engine technology, including ground-breaking Twin Independent Variable Camshaft Timing that previously could only be found in high-end race cars or European counterparts. This technology aided the “Coyote” 5.0 V8 to become more efficient and reliable for every enthusiast alike. Whether your purpose is towing your boat down to one of the Great Lakes or slapping on a twin-screw supercharger to your pony to get the full experience of fast, fun, and freedom, both 5.0L Coyote variants will aid you in getting the task you need complete.

Below you will find a complete summary and guide to all three generations of coyote engine in both the Mustang and F-150!

Mustang Coyote Engine

What Is A Mustang Coyote Engine?

Since the beginning of America's most iconic muscle and sports car began, enthusiasts have been pushing the boundaries on what it could become. It wasn't for legendary automotive icons such as Lee Iacocca, Carroll Shelby, and Gale Halderman, the incredible enthusiast community and legendary engines such as the Coyote 5.0L V8 would not exist. For many years, the Mustang had an evolution on what V8 drivers would use from the original 289 cubic inch, which is legendary amongst the unique GT model to the jumbo 428 Cobra Jet found in the Shelby GT500 and Mach 1. These fabled engines pushed the boundaries to help create all of the legendary hearts found within the following generations following the first Mustang.

Fast-forwarding to 2010, Ford had completely refreshed the S197 into an even more modern interpretation of the original 1960 pony. During this time, Ford was on the brink of creating something that would revolutionize the muscle and sports car world. During 2005-2010 Ford had implemented the very potent 4.6L 3V V8 that did enough for the times but knew they had to kick it up a notch since the Mustang's most prominent rival was back and hitting the street with over 400 horsepower at the crank. Using their racing experience and Ford engineers were able to come up with the most unreal engine to ever exist in the Mustang, which happens to be the 5.0L 32 Ti-VCT V8, aka (Twin Independent Variable Camshaft Timing) aka "Coyote."

Ford Coyote Engine

Launched in 2011, the "Coyote" 5.0L was bred with 412 horsepower and 390 lb/ft of torque, the most powerful naturally aspirated production Mustang V8 ever to be produced from Ford. The 5.0L was the return of a legend; it helped the Fox Body Mustang become so iconic among racers and enthusiasts during the 1980s and early 1990s. During the development process, the 5.0L V8 was remastered and perfected to give enthusiasts modern engine technology. Components include; piston cooling jets that keep performance high and engine life long, roller finger followers razor-sharp valve action, direct fuel injection, during high energy coil-on-plug design for power-efficient combustion. Due to these fantastic feats of engineering from Ford, they created an engine that has become the most successful V8 in history in Ford Motor Company.

S550 Mustang Racing

Living Legend

Since Ford started dropping the Coyote 5.0L into the heart of the American stallion, enthusiasts everywhere have been pushing the envelope on what could be possible for a modern 302 cubic inch engine. Since 2011, Mustang engineers have been pushing the boundaries on what can be possible for the 5.0L "Coyote" V8. Each generation following generation has pushed the limits of what Ford can produce for the Mustang. Below you find complete details on all three ages of Coyote engines and what makes them unique and different.

Gen I

Launched in 2011, the Gen I 5.0L Coyote engine used a slew of new parts that were brand new to the market, including the following: piston cooling jets, high energy coil-on-plugs, roller finger followers, four valves per cylinder, twin independent variable cam timing. All of these had never been in any Mustang GT model before, so needless to say, it took the muscle car world by storm and put the Camaro on notice. From 2011 through 2014, there were some variant changes due to the success fo the Boss 302 Roadrunner engine, which helped the 2013-2014 Mustang GT 5.0L reach 420 horsepower and 390 lb/ft of torque.

Ford Coyote 5.0L 32V Ti-CVT V8 Horsepower Torque Redline
Gen 1 2011-2014 412 HP @ 5,500 RPM 390 LB/FT @ 4,250 RPM 7,000


Gen II

In 2015, the Mustang world received both an entirely new pony as well as Coyote engine. Learning lessons from 2011-2014, Ford engineers took components from the Boss 302 engine such as forged connecting rods, pistons, new intake manifold, which resulted in increased redline up to 7,500 RPM. Combining internal rotating components from the Boss Mustang it strengthened the engine to hold up to 1,000 brake horsepower with a supercharger or turbocharger.

Ford Coyote 5.0L 32V Ti-CVT V8 Horsepower Torque Redline
Gen 2 2015-2017 435 HP @ 5,500 RPM 395 LB/FT @ 4,250 RPM 7,250


Gen III

Moving forward to 2018, the S550 Mustang was in full production and created immense popularity among enthusiasts with the community. Building upon seven great years of success with the Coyote engine, Ford once again had to call upon their engineers to push the envelope. Using new technology such as port and direct injection increased the overall engine compression to 12:1, which increased redline to 7,500 RPM. The most significant leap forward has to be the internals in the forged pistons, rods, and rotating assembly, which aided enthusiasts to achieve enormous amounts of horsepower without the engine throwing a rod.

Ford Coyote 5.0L 32V Ti-CVT V8 Horsepower Torque Redline
Gen 3 2018-2020 460 HP @ 7,000 RPM 420 LB/FT @ 4,250 RPM 7,500


F-150 Coyote

What Is A F-150 Coyote Engine?

The Ford F-Series pickup has been around since the early 1900s, and ever since then Ford has continually instilled the “Built Ford Tough” mentality into each and truck they have built. Beginning in the 1970s, the F-150 was the next leap forward in innovation from truck engineers at Ford. Replacing the fabled F-100 which served as Ford’s half-ton pick up for decades, the F-150 took decades of innovation to beef up what truck owners were expecting from a power, sophistication, and utility standpoint. Heading into the 1980s, Ford truck engineers took a page out of Mustang’s playbook by incorporating similar engine design points by using similar parts such as the engine block and cylinder heads.

2019 Ford F-150

Throughout F-150 history, it has been comprised of engines that used push-rod technology, massive displacement, and gearing to create the most efficient torque to allow for more exceptional towing, payload, and capability on any terrain. Fast-forward to the 2000s, the F-150 relied on modular motor technology; unfortunately, Ford did have a significant amount of problems due to the valvetrain components. It became apparent to Ford that, just like the engineers in team Mustang, they needed a new engine to help owners with capability and reliability. So just as the Mustang introduced the Coyote 5.0L V8 in 2011, so did the F-150, which revolutionized the half-ton pickup market forever.

Unlike the 5.0L Coyote found in the Mustang, the F-150 Coyote utilizes different components to produce more torque at lower RPM. F-150 engineers knew they would have to have various elements such as camshafts, intake manifold, tuning, and injectors to give the 2011-2020 F-150 the most torque down lown to aid in towing, off-roading, and payload capacity. Whereas the Mustang Coyote is built for total horsepower and performance, the F150 Coyote is meant for reliability in the longterm. One of the biggest things, just like the Mustang, is the evolution of production in Coyote engines' F150 variants.

F-150 Coyote Engines

Ford Coyote 5.0L 32V Ti-CVT V8 Horsepower Torque Towing Capacity
Gen I 2011-2014 360 HP @ 5,500 RPM 380 LB/FT @ 4,250 RPM 11,300 Pounds
Gen II 2015-2017 385 HP @ 5,750 RPM 387 LB/FT of Torque @ 3,850 11,200 Pounds
Gen III 2018-2020 395 HP @ 5,750 RPM 400 LB/FT of Torque @ 4,500 RPM 11,500 Pounds


Since both varieties of Coyotes engines have been injected into the automotive industry and enthusiasts community, it has been the most successful V8 engine to ever come out of Ford Motor Company in history. Everyone at Steeda is genuinely looking forward to what engineers do at Ford next to the Coyote platform. We sincerely hope this fantastic feat of engineering continues for years to come!


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