615hp Ford Megazilla crate engine revealed

Ford unveiled its new Megazilla crate engine last week in Indianapolis during the city’s annual Performance Racing Industry fair.

First announced at the same event two years ago, the Megazilla is an upgraded version of the Godzilla 7.3-liter V8 that debuted in the 2020 Super Duty pickup truck and is already offered as a crate engine.

The Megazilla is also a 7.3-liter V-8 and also comes with the Godzilla’s cast-iron block and a 10.5:1 compression ratio. However, the Megazilla will deliver an estimated 615 hp at 5,800 rpm and 640 lb-ft of torque at 3,800 rpm, with the torque figure reaching an estimated 500 lb-ft as early as 2,000 rpm and sustaining up to 6,000 rpm above that . The Godzilla delivers a maximum of 430 hp at 5,500 rpm and 475 lb-ft of torque at 4,000 rpm.

While the Godzilla is designed for truck applications where the focus is on durability rather than outright performance, a Ford spokeswoman said the Megazilla will be aimed at car builders. We could also see it becoming some performance-oriented light trucks.

Ford Megazilla crate engine

Ford Megazilla crate engine

Along with more power, the Megazilla’s upgrades over the Godzilla include Mahle forged pistons, Callies forged H-beam connecting rods and CNC machined cylinder heads. The Megazilla also features a low-profile intake manifold and Mustang Shelby GT500’s 92-millimeter throttle body.

Ford didn’t mention the weight, but we wouldn’t expect much of a difference from the Godzilla’s 580 pounds, considering the Megazilla’s same cast-iron block design.

Ford also hasn’t said which models the engine will fit, but the Godzilla can also fit in engine bays on the F-150 and even the Mustang, in addition to the Super Duty.

The Megazilla will be available from the second quarter of 2023. Pricing will be announced shortly before launch, but as a guide, Godzilla is priced at $9,175.

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