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MEGAZILLA!

Ford GT could finally be getting the engine it deserves

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FORD’S GT supercar continues to live on, with a new limited-run special edition that pays homage to its ancestors from the ’60s.

Called the GT ’64 Prototype Heritage Edition, the MY22 variant (pictured) features the same 3.5-litre twin-turbo V6 ‘EcoBoost’ engine as other GTs, but gains special exterior styling matching the only remaining GT prototype from 1964. Ford says the special edition’s production will begin in January, with the entire GT program coming to an end at the end of 2022. However, GT production has been extended twice already, and another delay is likely.

Enthusiast­s were initially disappoint­ed when the reborn GT was launched without a V8 engine. Now their hopes may finally become a reality with a new test mule indicating a final GT model is being built with an eight-cylinder engine.

A Ford GT with a modified engine bay and exhaust was spotted testing in Detroit recently, undergoing EPA certificat­ion. This is important, as there is no requiremen­t to re-certify the current EcoBoost engine – indicating an all-new powerplant is being planned for production.

The oil filler cap has also been relocated on the prototype cars, indicating a longer engine with more cylinders. This is thought to be based on the 7.3-litre ‘Godzilla’ V8 used in Ford’s Super Duty pick-ups.

The big atmo V8 first appeared in 2020, making 320kW @ 5500rpm, and 644Nm @ 4000rpm. Those outputs don’t quite match the EcoBoost’s 492kW/745Nm, so Ford is believed to be attaching a pair of turbocharg­ers to create a ‘Megazilla’ version, with outputs of roughly 520-600kW. Photograph­s of the test car give a clear look at the exhaust system which includes a pair of wide objects wrapped in heat shielding on either side.

The Godzilla engine design is impressive­ly compact, taking up less space than a 5.0-litre Coyote V8 thanks to its cam-in-block design. The GT features a small rear trunk behind the EcoBoost engine, which could be rationalis­ed to accommodat­e two extra cylinders.

The GT legend is built off the back of a 7.0-litre V8, so it’s fitting Ford is preparing an eight-chamber salute to farewell the reborn icon. - CK

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MAIN Wimbledon White paint and Antimatter Blue graphics are the defining feature of the new GT special edition

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