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Ford is a company that has developed a strong reputation through its wide array of vehicles, more specifically through their muscle cars and pickup trucks. The most popular vehicles in the Ford lineup of models have typically utilized V8 engine technology, so it goes hand-in-hand to explain that Ford is well-known for its V8 engines as well.

As with previous years, Ford has developed a new powerful V8 engine that will be used in many future Ford models. However, the new 7.3-liter engine is more than an ordinary V8 engine, it is an engine that utilizes pushrods. Pushrod technology, also known as overhead valve technology, quickly lost popularity towards the end of the twentieth century due to its inefficiencies.

The Decision

The new 7.3-liter V8 engine is not the first pushrod engine that Ford has ever built. Ford began using overhead valve engines in their models during the 1950s but later switched to several other different layouts in lieu of the pushrod engine. The popular 5.0-liter V8 engine in the Ford Mustang utilizes an overhead-camshaft design as do many other vehicles in the modern-day automotive market.

Ford designed the new 2020 Ford Super Duty with a pushrod engine to preserve the truck's fuel economy. The design of the overhead valve engine allows for the 7.3-liter V8 to produce peak power while the engine is spinning in the lower RPM range. Trucks that tow heavy loads tend to utilize the lower RPM range, so the new pushrod engine design is complementary to its application.


The 7.3-liter V8 engine's pushrod design is a great fit for its application. However, the design would not be best for vehicles, like the Ford Mustang, that operate in higher RPM ranges. Additionally, the engine's cast-iron material design makes it much heavier than other engines that most commuter cars can use.

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The new Ford 7.3-liter pushrod V8 engine is a reminder of how well-established the company’s history in the automotive market is. The new SuperDuty motor is very promising and will be placed in highly capable trucks. If you would like to learn more about the vehicles that will be powered by the 7.3-liter V8 or would like to schedule a test drive with any Ford model feel free to contact us. We are very knowledgeable about our inventory and are more than willing to explain the cars to you so that you can have a satisfactory experience.