Coyote Engine Specs for All Generations & Variants

Coyote Engine Specs for All Generations & Variants

Last Updated April 10, 2024 | Meghan Drummond

Which Coyote engine do you have in your Mustang? How about your Ford truck? There are many different variants of the Coyote engine, and they each have their own unique features. In this blog post, we'll look at each generation of the Coyote engine and see what sets them apart. We'll also discuss some of the popular variants that are available. So, if you're curious about the Coyote engines, read on!

Coyote Engine Generations Specs
Engine Horsepower Torque Displacement Max RPM
Gen 1 Coyote 412 hp 390 lb-ft 4.95L 7,000 RPM
Roadrunner Engine 444 hp 380 lb-ft 5.0L 7,500 RPM
Gen 2 Coyote 435 hp 400 lb-ft 4.95L 7,000 RPM
Gen 2 Voodoo Engine 526 hp 429 lb-ft 5.2L 8,250 RPM
Gen 3 Coyote 460 hp 420 lb-ft 5.03L 7,500 RPM
Coyote Aluminator 580 hp 445 lb-ft 5.2L 7,200 RPM
Coyote Predator 760 hp 625 lb-ft 5.2L 7,500 RPM
Gen 4 Coyote 480 hp (standard)
486 hp (upgraded)
415 lb-ft (standard)
418 lb-ft (upgraded)
5.0L 7,500 RPM (Est.)
Dark Horse Variant 500 hp 418 lb-ft 5.0L 7,500 RPM
Mustang GTD Variant 800+ hp N/A Supercharged 5.2L N/A

First Generation Coyote Engines

The first generation Coyote (2011-2014) was a powerful engine with many technologically advanced features in a small package. It's able to produce 412 hp and 390 lb-ft of torque.

With its twin independent variable cam timing (Ti-VCT), the engine can control when intake valves open with exhaust ones being opened at different times depending on RPM level.

This gave the Gen 1 Coyote a winning combination of more power, better fuel economy, and reduced emissions. Replacing the 5.4L Triton, the F-150 received its own version of the Coyote which prioritized low-end torque over horsepower.

The Roadrunner Engine

The new 2012 and 2013 Boss 302 models demanded something special due to the associations people have with the Boss nameplate. Using Daytona prototypes to find something new that could be added to the Coyote engine to make it have the feel of a Boss.

The Daytona race cars used an intake method that eliminated lag when the throttle was opened. This allowed the engine to "breathe" more efficiently at higher RPM. The Boss was able to exceed the GT's 7000 RPM redline up to 7,500, and actually gain power at higher RPM. It can product 444 hp and 380 lb-ft of torque. The engine is sometimes referred to as Road Runner.

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Second Generation Coyote Engines

New for the 2015 model year, second-generation Coyotes saw a number of updates that focused largely on airflow and operation at high speeds. These included larger intake and exhaust valves as well as increased lobe lift in both their camshafts to improve engine performance in cold temperatures.

These updates resulted in some slight power gains, as it was able to produce 435 hp and 400 lb-ft of torque.

The Voodoo Engine

The Voodoo may be the most unique of all the Coyote variants. It has a 5.2L displacement, but unlike other modular V8 engines, the Voodoo uses a flat-plane crank.

Flat-plane cranks are crankshafts that have a 180-degree angle between throws. This does cause the engine to vibrate more and be louder than other V8 engines, but that's the point. Flat-plane cranks also allow engines to rev more quickly, making them a popular choice in racing engines.

Voodoo engine in a white GT350 mustang with blue racing stripes

Ford used the Voodoo engine in the Shelby GT350 and GT350R to produce 526 hp and 429 lb-ft of torque at a max RPM of 8250.

Third Generation Coyote Engines

The third generation Coyote Engine debuted in 2018, boasting 460 horsepower and 420 lb-ft of torque. Though any generation of Coyote is powerful, the third generation also added some smart features that allow it to run more efficiently at lower RPM. Additionally, with the extra power generated by 3rd gen Coyote, it can maintain an RPM of 7500 - a full 500 higher than its predecessor.

Despite all of its performance modifications and the addition of port fuel injection, the Coyote engine doesn't require high-octane fuel and can run on regular 87-octane gas with no pinging.

The Aluminator Engine

The Aluminator is another Coyote variant. Ford wanted to ensure that the Voodoo engine was reserved specifically for the Shelby GT350R. Still, they also wanted a more powerful version of the Coyote engine that they could add to the Ford Performance lineup. Hence, the Aluminator.

The Aluminator has a cross-plane crankshaft instead of a flat-plane crankshaft. It can reach 580 horsepower and 445 lb-ft of torque. It's a worthy addition to Ford's performance lineup.

The Predator Engine

The most recent addition to the Coyote engine lineup, The Predator, is a Voodoo with a cross-plane crankshaft and some other goodies that pump it up to be worthy of the most powerful production Mustang ever, the 2020 GT500. The Predator produces 760 horsepower and 625 lb-ft of torque, which is truly outrageous.

Coyote Predator engine on a stand

The Fourth Generation Coyote Engines

The fourth generation Coyote engine debuted with the 2024 S650 Mustang and is confirmed to make 480 hp and 415 lb-ft of torque standard in the Mustang GT. However, you can upgrade the Mustang GT with the active-valve performance exhaust system to achieve 486 hp and 418 lb-ft of torque. The gen 4 Coyote also comes standard with a 307 cu. in. displacement and a full aluminum engine block for reduced weight. We recently got to test the 2024 Mustang's horsepower ourselves, and it certainly has a performance advantage over the third-generation Coyote.

The all new Dark Horse variant of the 4th Gen Coyote will make 500 hp with a 7,500 RPM redline as standard. But, that's not the most power found in a production S650 Mustang. The Mustang GTD, Ford's newest creation based on the GT3 race car, will make 800+ horsepower from the factory with its supercharged 5.2L, supercharged Coyote V8.

Image Credit: Ford Media

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