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Ford Coyote Crate Engine Update: 600 HP or Beyond!?

Posted by Jess Stoeckeler on

‘We’re about a third of the way through engine dyno testing on our Gen 3 Coyote crate engine. If you didn’t know, we were lucky enough to receive one of the first five Gen 3 (2018-up) Coyote crate engines from Ford Performance—part number M-6007-M50C. Even with only performing basic bolt-ons so far, we’ve been blown away by the new platform’s performance.

In our first dyno test we were able to produce 532.5hp and 451.1 lb-ft of torque with only a JLT cold air intake and an HP Tuners E85 tune through the stock exhaust manifolds. With that testing completed, we moved onto a Coyote intake manifold shootout where we tested the stock 2018 manifold versus the Cobra Jet, Boss 302, and GT350. It was neck and neck between the Cobra Jet and 2018, but the 2018 won overall horsepower (549.8 hp and 472.1 lb-ft). The Cobra Jet, however, made the best average horsepower across the pull.

Our next update will include a Comp Cams’ naturally aspirated NSR (no springs required) cam test. Just like the 2015-’17 Gen 2 engines, the 2018 does not require limiters. The exhaust cam is a completely different design on the 2018, while the intake cams resemble the 2011-’17 variants. Once the cam test is complete, we will be testing Bret Barber’s ported Cobra Jet and 2018 intake manifolds for our fourth story. This test will also include VMP’s 137mm and 163mm big, single-bore throttle bodies on the Cobra Jet manifold. How close do you think we can get to making 600 hp on an otherwise sealed motor?

Coming further down the line will be a max-effort stock short-block story for our fifth installment. We were able to secure a spare set of heads from Ford Performance to send off to MPR Engines for a complete port and polish job. These heads will also feature upgraded valves, springs, and retainers. We might even try to sneak a little boost into this test before we pull the Gen 3 completely apart for a build…and the big boost! Stay tuned for our Gen 3 Coyote test series, exclusively at Car Craft!?’

- Hotrod.com, June 20, 2019 & photos from Hotrod.com

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