FORD'S 4.6-LITER SOHC V-8 NAMED TO WARD'S '10 BEST' ENGINE LIST
DEARBORN, Mich., Jan. 5, 2005 – The bold, brawny styling of Ford's Mustang GT isn't the only attention-grabber when it comes to America's beloved pony car. Its engine is making others sit up and take notice as well.
The 4.6-liter 3-valve V-8 that powers the Mustang GT has been named a "10 Best Engine" for 2005 by Ward's Auto World. Ward's testers praised Ford for creating a refined V-8 that produces 300 hp at an affordable price and called it "the perfect new-generation muscle-car V-8."
"The award-winning Mustang GT coupled with an award-winning 4.6-liter V-8 is a powerful combination," said Dave Szczupak, vice president, Ford Motor Company, Powertrain Operations. "We are extremely pleased that Ward's recognizes the efforts of our world-class design and engineering capability. Our team has delivered without compromise."
The 4.6-liter engine delivers 40 more horsepower than the previous V-8. The lightweight, all-aluminum engine produces 315 foot-pounds of torque. It is 75 pounds lighter than a similar cast-iron design, yet it still provides optimum stiffness and strength. Meanwhile its 3-valve technology makes for a cleaner burn with improved fuel efficiency.
The 4.6-liter 3-valve V-8 is built at Ford's Essex Engine Plant in Windsor, Ontario, Canada, and at its Romeo Engine Plant in Romeo, Michigan.