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Our Favorite Coyote Swaps from Ford Festival 2020

Author: Evan Smith | 10/04/2020 < Back to Motor Life Home


Holley’s Intergalactic Ford Festival kicked off in grand fashion with a multitude of Mustangs blasting through the autocross, down the drag strip and shined to perfection in the show field. One commonality was the amount of interesting engines, including many with Coyote power under the hood.


Despite being very wide, Ford’s newest 5.0L, which debuted in 2011, has been immensely popular, both in factory Mustangs and F-150 trucks—but also in classics, Fox body Mustangs and trucks, too. Coyote owners enjoy endless aftermarket support for the DOHC powerplant, which simplifies the swap process whether you’re dropping one in an early Fairlane or a 1993 Cobra.


Coyote horsepower ranges from 412 in 2011-2014, to 435 from 2015-2017 and up to 480 in Bullitt/Mach 1 form. Ford Performance sells a variety of Coyote crate engines, and they range in horsepower ranging from 420 to 580! Of course, the sky is the limit if you plan to supercharge, turbocharge or inject NOS nitrous oxide.


Benefits include a light overall weight (roughly 420 pounds dressed), high-flow cylinder heads, and a durable aluminum block. With so much as a billet oil pump upgrade, they can safely make 750-900 crank horsepower. Perhaps that’s why we found so many at Ford Fest and now you can see them all in our Coyote-swapped gallery.

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