In our current world, emission regulations have been hard-pressed to kill the gas-powered V8 engines worldwide, but despite that, Ford and General Motors will attempt to keep the epic engines around for as long as possible. According to CarExpert, Ford hasn’t identified an end date for the V8 engine, and the company has also been looking far enough into the future to expect the development of a new Coyote V8 engine at some point. Provided that there’s enough demand and regulations continue to allow for it. Meanwhile, automotive giant and crosstown rival General Motors hasn’t been quiet about what’s next when it comes to the upcoming Gen VI Small Block V8 engine, next-generation trucks, as well as future SUVs. All of which are likely to be powered by the satisfactory and time-tested eight cylinder combustion engine.
Why Are Ford And GM Still Making V8 Engines?
In addition to Ford’s plans to keep the V8 alive for as long as possible, General Motors kicked off 2023 with publicly announcing nearly a billion dollars into producing its next-generation V8 engines, which could be in production until 2035. In addition, the company has invested $632 million USD in the Fort Wayne Assembly plant in Indiana that builds the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and GMC Sierra 1500. This means that the manufacturer knows there is still massive demand for V8-powered vehicles, and it doesn’t intend to get rid of them yet.
As for Ford, there was talk of a hybrid of the Mustang for this current generation. Thankfully, that plan was abandoned as Ford determined it wasn’t necessary. Thanks to the Ford Mustang Mach-E’s astounding success, sales eclipsed the Mustang coupe sales in some months. That has allowed Ford to leave the beloved formula of the Mustang coupe alone. So long as that continues, and regulations don’t get more strict than they already are, we should see a V8 Ford Mustang far into the future, perhaps even for the 8th generation model.
Across town, Stellantis has been slowly introducing twin-turbocharged inline-six engines into its products, such as the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Wagoneer, and is also expected for the refreshed Ram 1500, as well. It’s even said that this Hurricane-6 engine will power the next-generation Dodge Charger and Challenger muscle cars. But those two fewer cylinders will never sound as good as a V8.