Ford Mustang Shelby GT500’s Predator V-8 Is Now a 760 HP Crate Engine
Did you already blow up your 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 engine and are in need of a replacement? Good news, the mighty Shelby’s 5.2-liter supercharged Predator V-8 is now available from Ford Performance Parts. Sure it is a “replacement engine” and we’re totally not thinking of stuffing it into anything but an ailing Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 and not, um, some old Fox Body or S197 street car… Fingers crossed, we won’t tell if you won’t, you get it—as far as we know, the engine is available to anyone with the desire to buy one and the cash to do so.
What Is It?
The Ford Performance Parts M-6007-M52SC is the same 5.2-liter supercharged V-8 that powers the 2020-present Mustang GT500. It’s even rated at the same 760 hp we saw from our original test of the super snake pony car. The only difference is that, now, you needn’t buy an entire GT500 to get one. Ford Performance sells the engine as a ready-to-install long block with the complete accessory drive, including alternator, supercharger belt, and air conditioning compressor.
If you’re a shade tree mechanic or independent repair shop that happens to have GT500 customers, you’re probably excited for this news, as this engine also comes with a Ford Performance factory warranty. The exact warranty isn’t listed on the FPP Engine Reference Chart—its last update was October 31, 2019, as of this writing—but these engines come with a 24 months and 24,000 miles warranty. Yes, this includes Ford’s pushrod offerings as well.
What About Hot Rodders?
On the landing page for the GT500 engine, it says “This part is intended as a replacement part for use only in the application(s) identified in the product description. Installation of this part in a vehicle for which it is not intended may violate U.S. and Canadian laws and regulations related to motor vehicle emissions.” This is mostly a CYA statement and there is no listed restriction on just who can buy it. That doesn’t mean there aren’t catches, however; for starters, installing the engine in a car that might still be subject to emissions testing in various states could mean your freshly GT500-powered ride might not pass—depending on your chosen exhaust setup and other factors—but that’s for you to sort out.
Another major hurdle is the price. Right now, the GT500 V-8 lists for $25,995. That MSRP is not far off of the price of a brand-new 2021 Ford Mustang EcoBoost, which is currently listed at $28,400. Of course, the turbocharged 2.3-liter EcoBoost I-4 doesn’t make over 750 hp and has half the cylinders of the GT500.
Controlling The Predator
Compared to most late-model crate engines, however, that price isn’t shocking. Besides, crate engines’ cost doesn’t seem to stop many hot rodders. The other hurdle might trip them up, if they are looking for a true turn-key product: There is no control pack listed for the M-6007-M52SC, which is the CAN BUS controller, throttle pedal, and other electronics required to run the GT500 V-8.
Again, that’s not a deal-killer, thanks to the plethora of aftermarket controllers that work with the e-throttle body and direct injection as well as electric throttle pedals that aren’t hard to come by. If you want something that works with this engine directly and out of the box, you’ll need to talk to the Ford Performance Parts TechLine prior to your purchase. It might not raise any eyebrows, but just be ready to give an explanation as to why you also need the ECU or how your project “won’t be used on the road.” Your mileage may vary, as they say.
Regardless, if you do get the GT500 V-8 engine, you’re not only getting a brand-new powerplant but one that makes over 750 hp and 635 lb-ft of torque thanks to its Eaton TVS (Twin Vortices Series) R2650 supercharger and 92-mm throttle body; oh, and be sure to feed it high-octane gasoline. We’re sure with just a bit of tweaking, you’ll hit some big horsepower figures and make your GM buddies jealous that you only needed just under half the displacement as the ZZ632/1000. Not to mention you saved just over $3,500 in your purchase, too.
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