How would you celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Falcon nameplate in Australia? If you’re Ford, the answer could be stuffing a supercharged version of the new 5.0-liter V-8 into the car.
According to Australian auto site GoAuto, certification documents submitted to the Australian government suggest Ford is preparing no less than three different supercharged forms of the “Coyote” 5.0-liter V-8, which first appeared in the 2011 Mustang GT. While the least powerful form is intended to replace the aging 5.4-liter V-8 (which no longer meets emissions standards in that market), there is some room for increased performance.
The “base” engine, which will reportedly show up in the Falcon XR8 range, will reportedly create 422 horsepower and 405 pound-feet of torque — roughly the current output of the 5.4-liter V-8 used in the high-performance Falcon FPV GT. That car will reportedly receive a hotter form of the blown Coyote, producing 450 horsepower and 442 pound-feet of torque.
Incredible? Keep reading. Ford’s Aussie performance wing — Ford Performance Vehicles — is reportedly considering reviving the storied Falcon GTHO nameplate in 2011. If so, the hottest Falcon variant could receive a supercharged 5.0-liter V-8 pumping out close to 536 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque — eclipsing the barrage of high-performance Holden sedans that recently hit the market.
At this point, Ford is only requesting certification for the engine in one model — the Falcon XR8 “ute” pickup. Although this isn’t quite confirmation that the model will reach production, it does seem more than likely that some form of a forced-induction 5.0 will wind up down under.