10. Voodoo V8
The renaissance of American performance in 2010 brought many fantastic engines from all domestic car brands. Chevrolet had its line of fantastic LS and ZL-1 small block V8 and Dodge has its mighty Hemi. Ford presented a modern and powerful 5.0 V8 called the Coyote in 2010. It featured all the modern components, variable valve timing systems, 32-valve heads and much more.
But, despite the Coyote being powerful, the Voodoo V8 takes the crown as one of the best modern Ford engines and one of the best production units in America. With 5.2-liters of displacement, they based the Voodoo on the Coyote V8 architecture, but just barely. Ford`s SVT team gave it different components and characteristics.
First, the Voodoo features a flat plain crankshaft, which is an exotic solution for a muscle car engine. Second, it has newly designed high-flow heads and forged pistons. And third, it has heavy-duty internals and an exhaust system. The Voodoo puts out 526 HP, more than 100 HP per liter of displacement. The red line is at 8,250 rpm, which is unbelievable for a V8 engine.
The Voodoo V8 is the most advanced muscle car engine with technology more appropriate for European exotic cars than American muscle cars. Right now, the Voodoo is only available in the Shelby GT350, as well as its more powerful and lighter GT350 R variant.
11. Eco Boost engines
All the engines on this list so far were V8 engines with big displacements and high power. Although this helped them make their mark on the muscle car scene, it is not the whole story of Ford engines. Besides the V8 monsters, Ford produced small, dependable and affordable engines for economy models and sold millions of them over the years.
In 2009, Ford introduced its Eco Boost family of turbocharged engines. It is a continuation of their economic engines, but with a modern twist. They come in a wide spectrum of sizes, cylinder configurations, power outputs and applications.
When the economic recession hit the global economy, Ford was one of the first companies to accept that downsizing was the way to go. The Eco Boost line of engines offered smaller units with better fuel economy due to turbo technology. Ford invested heavily in this concept, not only for domestic models but for its worldwide models, too. Today, several years after they produced the first Eco Boost engines, Ford continues to offer numerous variants.
There are small 1.0-liter three-cylinder engines and four-cylinder units. Also, Ford is producing bigger 2.7 and 3.5-liter V8 Eco Boost units. They make all shapes and sizes, from a miniature one-liter 105 HP engine to a 3.5-liter V6 with 450 HP in the crazy F-150 Raptor.
Even modern Mustangs feature 2.3-liter four cylinders with 315 HP. The radical turn to smaller turbo engines and the success in building them shows that the Ford Motor Company is ready to adapt to the changes and challenges of modern industries. Similar to the classic Flathead V8, which caused a sensation in 1932 and influenced many, today`s Eco Boost engines are blueprints for modern passenger car engines that are both economical and powerful at the same time.
12. Model T Engine
Any list of the best Ford engines wouldn’t be complete without the unit that started it all: the Model T engine. Despite the fact it wasn’t the first Ford engine, it was the most important. This engine launched Ford as a company and the Model T as the definitive car of the 20th century. But it had far more uses than just an automobile engine.
The Model T engine was a simple but efficient four-cylinder unit with a 2.9-liter displacement. It produced 20 HP and could propel the Model T to a top speed of almost 45 MPH. The transmission also used engine oil, which was a practical solution. The basic construction was like other engines of its day, but the Model T had a cast iron block. It also had heads Ford made of highly-durable materials, which helped the longevity of the engine.
Along with installing the engine in the Model T, Ford produced millions of motors for agricultural and industrial machines. They also made them for marine and military purposes. People praised the model T engine for its simplicity and toughness under hard working conditions. It remained in production until 1941, long after they discontinued the Model T.
13. Ford 300 CID I6 Engine
Even though the 300 CID I6 engine isn’t as popular or well-known as other units on this list, it deserves a place here. This was Ford’s base truck engine for over 30 years, from 1965 to 1996. You could find this engine in millions of Blue Oval trucks and SUVs. Introduced in the mid-60s, the 300 was an evolution of the regular line of Ford’s inline six cylinders.
With around 150 HP and 250 lb-ft of torque, it had more than enough power for F150 trucks. Ford even used this engine in bigger trucks. But, they equipped it with a better intake system to produce more torque for towing more weight. The secret of this engine was its simplicity and high-quality engineering, making it durable and tough. This is something that truck owners appreciate.
Interestingly, Ford discontinued the 300 CID more than 20 years after its production. However, they still use this engine in some UPS trucks. This only proves the quality of the original concept.
14. 6.7-Liter Power Stroke V8
The only diesel engine on this list is the relatively new Power Stroke V8, which Ford produced from 2011 to 2015 to install in their trucks. International Harvester produced the previous generation of Ford diesel engines. This resulted in Ford getting many complaints about the engine and its quality. So, the company decided to design the next generation in-house to iron out all its flaws.
The result was the 2011 Power Stroke. It was better and tougher than any other V8 diesel engine on the market. The fuel and intake systems were fixed. The new powerplant delivered 390 HP and 738 lb-ft of torque. Besides its big power and great performance, the 6.7-Liter Power Stroke V8 delivered decent fuel economy, was quiet and provided power anywhere in its rev range. After the 2015 upgrade, which included a new turbo and engine management system, the fantastic V8 diesel delivered 440 HP and a massive 860 lb-ft of torque.
Any car fan will tell you that a car is only as good as its engine. The engines on this list can add value to any vehicle with their power and strength.