We are living in a bit of a renaissance when it comes to high-performance vehicles. The fact that you can purchase an S550 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 with 760 horsepower and 625 lb-ft of torque and daily drive it is ludicrously fantastic by any measure. Never before have we had such capable cars come with a factory-backed warranty. And while we once exclusively associated that level of power with motorsports, several automakers are churning out sports cars with these crazy engines. Building an engine that stout isn’t cheap however, as is made clear by Ford’s parts page for the Predator V8 engine.
According to Ford, a new Predator V8 long block will cost customers a whopping $24,748.43, with a $1,000.00 core charge being thrown in as well. A traditional long block assembly includes a completed short block, the crankshaft, cylinder heads, the camshaft, and the ever-important valve train. These assemblies generally don’t include any of the fuel or electrical systems that allow the engine to run, nor the accessory assembly. Either way, that is a tremendous amount of cash to spend on an engine. Especially when you consider a whole new Shelby GT500 starts at $73,995.
The majority of 2021 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 customers will likely not have to pay for a replacement engine during their ownership, but this figure is shocking nonetheless. It truly just goes to show you how extreme these modern powertrains are, and just how much technology goes into building them. Should the all-mighty Predator V8 find its way into the next-gen Raptor, this price could start to come down.
With this new bit of information, we are starting to wonder just how expensive the Predator V8 crate engines will be. Could it cost more than the $29,995 Hellephant crate motor from Mopar? Let us know which engine you would rather have powering your muscle car in the comments down below.