Yesterday, Ford Authority exclusively reported a 2022 Ford GT being spotted running around the streets of Detroit, and was being tested with a new powertrain that was clearly different from the motor that the current model Ford GT comes with. It’s not definitive what this powertrain could be, but sources noted that the motor sounded very different from Ford’s twin-turbo 3.5L EcoBoost V6. Here is why this mysterious powertrain could be Ford’s twin-turbo 7.3L Godzilla V8:
There are some reasons to believe that the twin-turbo Godzilla – an engine that was reported was being tested by Ford back in May – could be the mysterious powerplant in this 2022 Ford GT mule.
For starters, the test GT being driven around the Metro Detroit area is sporting an EPA-style exhaust. The only reason this would be necessary is if the car is getting some type of new powertrain, because if nothing else changes, the GT’s EPA certification would simply carry over to subsequent model years.
Then there’s the fact that the twin-turbo Godzilla may actually fit in the GT, as the actual physical size of that V8 is most likely actually smaller than the 3.5l EcoBoost V6 that’s currently in the Ford GT. And we must take into account that the Ford F-150 Raptor ‘R’ will launch next year with Ford’s supercharged 5.2L Predator V8 under the hood.
Ford has already committed to converting its entire lineup to electric power at some point in the near future, it would make a lot of sense to send the beloved internal combustion engine out with a bang, and a twin-turbo Godzilla-powered GT seems like the best way to do just that – especially considering the internal and external controversy of Ford running a 3.5l V6 in the iconic halo car for the last several years.
As of right now, Ford GT production is coming to an end following the 2022 model year, despite production of the supercar already being extended twice. Whether or not Ford decides to make that a third time is unclear, but some sort of “final edition” with V8 power would undoubtedly be an incredibly exciting way to send out the GT, and the V8 in general, with a bang.