When Did Ford Stop Producing the Original 5.0L Mustang?

5.0L Fox Body
An original 5.0L Fox Body Mustang. Photo © Jonathan P. Lamas

The last year Ford used the 5.0L V8 "Windsor" engine in the Mustang was 1995. Ford replaced it with a 4.6L V8 engine capable of producing 215 hp.

In December 2009, Ford announced that a new 5.0L Mustang, using the V8 "Coyote" Engine, would appear as the 2011 Ford Mustang GT. The new 5.0L four-valve Twin Independent Variable Camshaft Timing V8 engine, nicknamed the “Coyote,” produced 412 horsepower and 390 ft.-lb.

of torque. In addition, GT Mustangs with the new engine reported better gas mileage than previous Windsor V8 engine models.

In 2012, a special limited-edition Boss 302 Mustang entered the market, boasting a modified 5.0L Hi-Po Ti-VCT V8 engine outputting 444 horsepower and 380 lb.-ft. of torque. This performance marked an incremental improvement to the 412-horsepower base GT 5.0L Coyote. The automatic GT Mustang offered 18 city (25 highway) EPA-estimated miles per gallon, while the modified Boss 302 5.0L engine offered 17 city (26 highway) EPA-estimated mpg.

In 2013, the GT Mustang once again featured the new 5.0L Ti-VCT Coyote V8 engine. This time the engine produced an estimated 420 horsepower. The Boss 302 Mustang also returned, still producing 444 horsepower and 380 lb.-ft. of torque.

In 2014, Ford Mustang featured the Coyote 5.0L V8 in the GT once again. Meanwhile, the Boss 302 Mustang had been removed from the model-year lineup, having ended its limited-edition run in 2013.

The 2015 Ford Mustang, which was completely redesigned, featured a modified 5.0L Coyote V8 engine featuring 435 horsepower and 400 lb.-ft. of torque thanks to an upgraded valvetrain and cylinder heads. It also featured a new intake manifold designed to improve low-speed breathing for better fuel economy, idle stability and emissions.

Upgrades to the 5.0L Coyote V8 engine for the 2015 model year:

  • Larger intake valves
  • Larger exhaust valves
  • Revised intake camshafts
  • Revised exhaust camshafts
  • Stiffer valve springs ensure valves close completely at high rpm
  • New cylinder head casting – revised ports provide straighter path to the valves for less restrictive intake and exhaust flow; combustion chamber modifications accommodate larger valves
  • Sinter forged connecting rods are lighter and more durable for high-rpm operation

The engine's new intake manifold featured charge motion-control valves to partially close off port flow at lower engine speeds. The end result is increased air-charge tumble and swirl for improved air-fuel mixing, better fuel economy and improved idle stability -- as well as lower emissions.

Overall, the car that could breathe better, especially at higher engine speeds. Ford engineers said they were able to improve upon the Coyote V8 thanks to lessons learned when working on the limited-edition Boss 302 Mustang.

The 2016 Ford Mustang GT also features the newly modified Coyote V8 engine, in addition to a variety of other upgrades, all paying homage to the classic 1967 Ford Mustang.