2. Ford Voodoo V8
The renaissance of American performance in 2010 brought many fantastic engines from all domestic car brands. Chevrolet has its line of fantastic LS and ZL-1 small-block V8s and Dodge has its mighty hemis. Ford presented a modern, powerful 5.0 V8 called the Coyote in 2010. It featured modern components, variable valve timing systems, 32-valve heads and much more.
But, despite the Coyote being fantastic, the Voodoo V8 took the crown for one of the best modern Ford engines. It is also 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 some 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 exhaust systems. The results are fascinating. The Voodoo delivers 526 HP, which is 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 is the most advanced muscle car engine with technology equal to exotic European cars. Presently, the Voodoo is only available in the Shelby GT350 and its more powerful, lighter GT350 R variant.