About a year ago, Ford announced the Megazilla crate engine. Based on the epic Godzilla engine available in some heavy-duty pickups, the Megazilla takes things to another level. Producing 615 horsepower and 638 lb-ft of torque from 7.3 liters. All of this power is made without the help of a supercharger or turbocharger, so imagine what it could do with forced induction added to the mix. Unfortunately, those high power levels will come at a hefty cost of $22,995 USD. By comparison, a new Ford Maverick has a starting price of $25,640.
Now, if it sounds like crate engines are getting wildly expensive, it’s because they are. Back in 2018, that kind of money would have netted you a GM LT5 crate engine with 755 horsepower, plus a few grand to spare.
Ford Megazilla Crate Engine: Details
Unfortunately, customers interested in purchasing Ford’s Megazilla crate engine will be shelling out the $22k and some as it doesn’t come with some of the other essential bits needed to get the engine running properly under the hood of your project vehicle. Comparing this price to the Ford Performance Godzilla crate motor, it becomes clear that Ford really likes this engine. The Godzilla crate engine has a starting MSRP of $8,500. However, the 7.3L Godzilla crate engine makes 430 horsepower and 475 lb-ft of torque, so you can immediately see the differences between the two.
Ford Performance’s Megazilla produces 84 horsepower per liter using two valves and pushrods per cylinder, which is why it’s such a powerful machine. It’s even more potent and volumetrically efficient than General Motor’s epic LS7 engine, which produces around 72 horsepower per liter with a total of 505 ponies. The extreme power numbers make the Megazilla considerably more heavy than the LS7. Where the LS7 is entirely aluminum, the Megazilla is an iron block with aluminum heads. It shares the same block, steel crankshaft, and wiring harness as a stock Godzilla. Meanwhile, the pistons and connecting rods are designed specifically for the Megazilla crate engine.
If you’re looking for alternatives, the big three have a couple of V8 crate engines available. It’s just the production cars that are getting hit with the EV takeover for now. For example, Dodge’s Hellpehant C170 6.2L Supercharged Crate Hemi Long Block has an MSRP of $18,995; the engine can produce 1,025 horsepower and 945 lb-ft of torque. General Motors has a supercharged LT4 crate engine for around $18,000, making about 650 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque. If you’re building a Ford, you likely won’t want to install those on your Mustangs. There are alternatives, but if you want one of the greatest crate engines from Ford, it will cost some big bucks.