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Megazilla V8 Ford Performance Godzilla Crate Engine PRI Show 2022

After a long build up – a full two years, in fact – Ford Performance has finally revealed the mighty Megazilla V8 crate engine. Its reveal took place at the 2022 PRI Show, where Ford opted to officially attend (while skipping the larger 2022 SEMA Show). Details are few, but several important specs were made public nevertheless. Below are official details on the Ford Performance 7.3L Megazilla V8 Crate Engine.

Maintaining its naturally aspirated format (making it a blank canvas for performance tuners to add forced induction such as twin turbos or a supercharger if they so choose), the Megazilla V8 produces 615 horsepower and 640 lb-ft of torque. The latter torque figure arrives at 3,800 rpm, but 500 lb-ft is already available from just 2,500 rpm and continues to be available all the way to 6,000 rpm.

In all, that’s almost 200 more horsepower than Godzilla, and some 25 more lb-ft. The Megazilla V8 engine also maintains the cast-iron block of the standard Godzilla engine. Megazilla also features a 10.5:1 compression, a low-profile intake manifold, and an S550 Mustang Shelby GT500 92 mm throttle body. This means that Megazilla will be perfect for dropping into a Mustang, or even a late-model truck or SUV. How about a Ford Excursion with one of these beefy motors? Now we’re talking.

Pricing and availability of the Megazilla V8 crate engine will likely be announced in the 2nd quarter of 2023. For a baseline, the Godzilla crate engine is priced from $9,175 USD. At the moment, it appears unlikely that the new Ford Performance crate engine will find its way into any production vehicles, such as the upcoming S650 Ford Mustang, or any variant of the F-150 pickup truck.

Written by Manoli Katakis

Muscle Cars & Trucks was founded by Manoli Katakis - an automotive media veteran that has been covering the latest car news since 2009. His journalism has uncovered dozens of major product changes, updates, plans, and cancellations long before automakers were ready to make things official.

Some highlights over the years of his reporting include the uncovering of the Zora trademark before anybody else reported on the coming of a mid-engine Corvette, as well as the dead-accurate reporting of the coming of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, two years before it hit the market, and even before the debut of the concept vehicle. This type of reporting has immediately continued here, with reports of the original seventh-generation Camaro plans being shelved, as well as what's in store for the Chevrolet Silverado.

Some of his work can be found on massive automotive media outlets, such as Motor1. He also has been a guest on the 910AM Radio Station with Detroit News auto critic Henry Payne, as well as the enthusiast-oriented Camaro Show podcast.

Over the years, Manoli has interviewed various automotive industry titans, leaders, and people that make things happen otherwise. These include figureheads such as GM CEO Mary Barra, GM President Mark Reuss, automotive aftermarket icon Ken Lingenfelter, Dodge firebrand Tim Kuniskis, along with various chief engineers of vehicles such as the Ford F-150 & Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro & Corvette, and many more.

At MC&T, Manoli is taking his journalism expertise, deeply planted sources, driving abilities, and automotive industry knowledge to new levels, covering more vehicles and brands than ever before. This is the place where you will continue to read groundbreaking stories about American performance vehicles, pickup trucks, and sport utility vehicles. Here is where you’ll also read insights and quotes from various automotive subject matter experts on the latest relevant products, as well as some of the latest official news from their manufacturers.

Fun facts: he also once beat Corvette Racing driver Tommy Milner in an autocross with a Chevrolet Bolt EV. The biggest vehicle he’s ever driven is a John Deere mining truck. Besides a go-kart, the smallest vehicle he’s driven has been a Hyundai i10. He’s also spent time in the cockpit of various American performance vehicle icons, including the fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, Dodge Challenger Demon, and Ford Mustang GT350R. He has reviewed dozens of trucks, SUVs, and performance vehicles over the years.

One of his favorite new vehicles on the market today happens to be the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison. He is also a card carrying member of the Sports Car Club of America, and regularly participates in Detroit Region autocross events.

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