Below is a table for our last two trips towing the Ford Expedition. Additionally, it’s all been certified to haul and tow just as much as a “non-Tremor” F-250, with about 3,000 pounds of payload and 15,000 pounds of tow capacity (more if you use a fifth-wheel hitch). Steve Turner Former Editor, 5.0 Mustang & Super Fords August 1, 2019 This engine, known as the Godzilla, is … Filling the tank with gas and then manually calculating the actual miles per gallon, it came out to be 9.31 mpg, about 6/10ths of a gallon better than the Expedition. It’s also a fun nod to the old 7.3 liter PowerStroke diesel Ford trucks of the past. This kit includes our new OBR E8G controller, a bespoke OBR engine wiring harness (build using motorsports high quality wire) and a manifold air pressure and temperature sensor. This site was built with recycled electrons to save the environment from global warming. The current Ford Super Duty lineup was redesigned for 2017 and given a light refresh for the 2020 model year. The crate engine version of the current Godzilla V8 carries a list price of $8,150. I think that the more aggressive acceleration needed, when downshifting for hills and long slightly inclined elevation gains, really hurt the gas mileage, especially since I always got better gas mileage when returning home on this route with the Expedition. Once or twice a year we do a camping trip that is just over 500 miles round trip. Perhaps an F-250 on highway tires would have less grip or be a bit less confidence-inspiring, I can’t particularly say. Our average trip was under 200 miles round trip. Next trip? Towing the F-250 in Tow/Haul mode on the outbound leg, I noticed the transmission never got higher that 8th gear (there is an indicator on the dash) and it usually kept the engine at 1,800 RPM, unless downshifting to go up hills. .leader-1-multi{display:block !important;float:none;line-height:0px;margin-bottom:15px !important;margin-left:0px !important;margin-right:0px !important;margin-top:15px !important;min-height:400px;min-width:580px;text-align:center !important;}eval(ez_write_tag([[250,250],'outmotorsports_com-leader-1','ezslot_1',120,'0','0']));eval(ez_write_tag([[250,250],'outmotorsports_com-leader-1','ezslot_2',120,'0','1'])); I came away relatively impressed with the 2020 Ford F-250. 2021 Ford F-150 Raptor Announced: Coil Springs, 37″ Tires, ‘Raptor R’ On The Way. If you think of the last 26′ U-Haul van you saw trundling down the road, this engine makes a lot of sense. Queso enthusiast. As mentioned, my F-250 included both notable options that are all-new for 2020, the 7.3 liter gasoline V8 engine for $2,045 and the Tremor off-road package for $3,975. I’m sure the displacement aligns to some technical nonsense about how it’s very optimal for… something. Main bearings use four bolts in a cross-bolt pattern for extra strength, and a variable-rate oil pump and piston cooling jets were equipped to help with engine cooling under heavy load. They’re all hooked up to trailers of various lengths and weights, sitting in a racetrack’s paddock, their clattery school-bus-esque turbodiesel engines waiting to be turned over for the long tow home. When I hear the words “seven point three Ford,” my mind immediately paints a picture of the ubiquitous late-1990s and early-2000s Super Duty trucks. Don’t miss the massaging front seats with three distinct lumbar adjustments, a notable upgrade from the “lesser” also-very-nice Lariat. That’s a claim Ram can’t make with their 2500 Power Wagon. In the era of DOHC, twin-turbocharging, and 48-volt hybridization, Ford is making a huge statement with the Godzilla. Check out the video below for some full-throttle noises. Since it has a max tow rating of 9,200 lb., and the trailer weighs 8,500 lb., the Expedition always had excellent power, even when going up fairly steep hills. It makes plenty of power and torque, tows very well, and allows both cheaper buy-in and ownership costs for most people. But it was built to serve in commercial applications, too, where extra costs and downtime for maintenance and repair are frowned upon, even with the engine receiving more abuse than care.eval(ez_write_tag([[580,400],'outmotorsports_com-large-leaderboard-2','ezslot_7',119,'0','0'])); While this throwback-sized all-new engine does require spending a few grand over the base 6.2 liter V8, buyers will save $8,450 choosing the 7.3 instead of the popular PowerStroke turbodiesel. There is a variety of driving conditions including stop and go traffic in several small towns, lots of hills, lightly traveled two-lane highways, and about 30 miles of freeway. The new project is called Megazilla, according to Ford reps. Now that we’ve had ours for a while, here is some information on our 7.3L MPG. Because the trailer is “tongue heavy” I always tow with the fresh water tanks full (100 gallons), which keeps the tongue weight within specifications. Fan of all things wheeled. 2020 Ford F-250 7.3L V8 Towing and Unloaded Real-World Highway MPG Review! 2021 Jeep Gladiator EcoDiesel Review: Towing an Enclosed Trailer, Was Motor Trend Wrong? I was happy with that and since the Expedition always got better than 10 mpg on the return trip, I was hoping for great things. ⠀ Ford’s Godzilla 7.3-Liter Truck Engine Built To 780 Horsepower. When Ford announced that it was designing and building the all-new, 7.3L Godzilla V8 as a naturally aspirated, gas-powered, pushrod engine, it came as a pretty big surprise. I never gave Tow/Haul mode much thought when driving the Expedition. After all, the automaker made the move to dual-overhead cams in its 5.0L Coyote V8 years ago, and much of the rest of its engine lineup consists of EcoBoost four and six-cylinder engines. As with any truck we receive, I hooked my enclosed trailer to the hitch to see how it pulled. 2020 Ford F-Series Super Duty's 7.3-Liter "Godzilla" V-8 Crate Engine Now Available We dare you to stuff this huge gas-fed, pushrod V-8 into your project car or truck. With Tremor, Ford is taking aim at Ram and their 2500 Power Wagon, a medium-duty truck similarly equipped for off-road use. This engine is quite fuel-efficient and helps the car deliver a mileage of 51 mpg in the city and 46 mpg on the highway. With a few additional options (fifth-wheel hitch prep, panoramic moonroof, and so on) the MSRP of my go-anywhere-park-carefully F-250 came in at $77,480. Brian Wolfe, the former director of Ford Racing and now retired, matter-of-factly said he’s building one for Ultra Street 1/8-mile drag racing, where it will need to make 1,800 horsepower to be competitive. At its most recent, the Triton V10 made 362 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque. Ford 7.3 V8 'Godzilla' Crate Engine Kit OBR has put together an engine control pack for Ford's 7.3 V8 'Godzilla' engine. Ford fans, hardcore racers, hotrodders, and engine builders appear to be salivating at the power-making potential for the new Ford 7.3L Godzilla engine. (Video) The new gas engine is loaded to the max. So then, Ford set out to build a new gasoline engine that would withstand abuse and hard work. It’s impressive that towing and payload don’t suffer in the process. Equipped with the Tremor off-road package, this Rapid Red truck was so tall it wouldn’t fit in my parking garage. Medium-duty trucks don’t ride particularly well (unloaded) in the first place, and while the off-road bits should soften things up a bit, I found it to be the opposite. It offers some legitimate, warranty-backed capability for a small margin of people who will use it as intended. Originally a mythical Jurassic creature that evolved from a sea reptile into a terrestrial monster, Godzilla was awakened by mankind’s nuclear weapons tests in the inaugural film. Next trip I’ll fill the water tank and drive in Tow/Haul mode, which is better for the transmission anyway (it keeps it cooler). Ford. All of these upgrades result in almost 11 inches of ground clearance and the ability to ford 33″ of standing water. DEARBORN, Mich., Aug. 1, 2019 – Ford F-Series, America’s best-selling truck for 42 years, is once again raising the bar for capability with its all-new 7.3-liter V8 gasoline engine. If you’re towing right at that 15,000 pound limit every weekend, or towing in high-altitude areas where a turbocharger really helps produce power, I could see the extra $8,450 cost of the diesel engine as worth it. Ford 7.3-liter "Godzilla" V8 from the F-Series Super Duty is now available as a crate engine through Ford Performance. Tremor’s lift kit and big tires make it difficult to enter and exit with any sort of grace – even for The Talls among us. But it moves out from a stoplight with enough authority, helped by the combination of ten forward gears and standard 4.30 axle gearing (instead of the non-Tremor’s standard 3.55:1 ratio). With 7.3 liters of displacement and a cast-iron block, the Godzilla … If you’re primarily hauling air or a trailer on the street, though, I’d recommend skipping the Tremor package and either putting the money toward the alluring PowerStroke diesel engine, or saving a lot of cash and choosing the very-impressive 7.3L V8 alongside a non-Tremor variant of F-250 instead. .large-mobile-banner-1-multi{display:block !important;float:none;line-height:0px;margin-bottom:15px !important;margin-left:0px !important;margin-right:0px !important;margin-top:15px !important;min-height:400px;min-width:580px;text-align:center !important;}eval(ez_write_tag([[250,250],'outmotorsports_com-large-mobile-banner-1','ezslot_4',121,'0','0']));eval(ez_write_tag([[250,250],'outmotorsports_com-large-mobile-banner-1','ezslot_5',121,'0','1'])); Over my week with the truck, I never warmed to the Tremor package. Competes on four wheels with a 1997 BMW M3, and two feet in Spartan Races. Part of the Modular family, Ford introduced the Triton V10 in 1997 as a more powerful alternative to their 5.4 liter Triton V8. Filling the tank and manually calculating the exact mileage, it was only 8.72 mpg. But if you live somewhere that has enough space to where off-roading an F-250 isn’t a silly idea, keep reading. To sample this all-new ‘Godzilla’ gas-powered 7.3, Ford sent me a 2020 F-250 Platinum for a week. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! However, we’ve only driven 1,788 non-towing miles. Before leaving the campground, I drained the waste tanks as I always do. Ford’s pushrod 7.3-liter ‘Godzilla’ truck engine delivers 430 horsepower and has the potential for so much more. I’m happy with that. We’ll see how things look after Labor Day. Aptly nicknamed Godzilla, Ford’s massive new 7.3-liter V8 pushrod engine that debuted last year in the 2020 F-250 is now available in crate engine form from Ford Performance Parts. To sample this all-new ‘Godzilla’ gas-powered 7.3, Ford sent me a 2020 F-250 Platinum for a week. Ford already sells a 6.2 liter V8 in the Super Duty, and has for quite some time. Below is a comparison of the Expedition and the F-250: Of course just one trip isn’t a good measure of fuel economy, but having an accurate baseline towing the same trailer with another vehicle is a good start. In Platinum trim (somehow not fully loaded, that honor belongs to the Limited), the interior is basically a straight rip from the 2015-2020 Ford F-150. I was able to find a place to briefly probe the big Ford’s off-road prowess in the mud and up some steep hills and… it was fine. When I was researching the new … Alas, I was disappointed. Inside, this shrunken engine's 107.2mm bore and 101.0mm stroke pencil out to a … All our trips included a mixture of hills, I drove 46,255 non-towing miles with a combined city/highway fuel average of 16.55 miles per gallon, I towed 17,118 miles with an average of 9.05 miles per gallon, The speed limit for vehicles towing in California is 55 mph and I always set the cruise control to 55. ( http://www.Transwest.com/frederick ) New 2020 Ford F-250 Godzilla 7.3L V8 Surprises on the World's Toughest Test - The Ike Gauntlet! This last trip we camped in the desert with highs around 116F, because we knew the campground would basically be empty. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Procharged 2020 Ford F-250 Godzilla V8 Dyno Run: 583 RWHP and 594 RWTQ. 2020 Land Rover Defender 110 Towing Test: Can It Handle an Enclosed Trailer? So why would they build an all-new V8 with more displacement, more power and torque, and sell it alongside the 6.2? I wrote about this in several posts: Does a Weight Distribution Hitch Increase Tongue Weight? The Ford Godzilla engine is a V8 engine offered by the Ford Motor Company.The engine is intended to replace the 6.8-liter Modular V10 engine, and started appearing in the Ford E-Series vans and Ford Super Duty pickup trucks for the 2020 model year. The 7.3-liter engine in Super Duty pickup cranks out best-in-class gas V8 output of 430 horsepower at 5,500 rpm and best-in-class torque of 475 ft.-lb. If you need the Tremor’s extra abilities on the daily (or weekly), I think it’s a well-designed package. I was happy with that. The truck, unloaded, was annoyingly stiff over even small bumps. In any case, the transmission was more rev-happy in Tow/Haul mode with some weight on the hitch, and I found the whole setup to be pretty pleasant once on the move. Both trucks are built more for slow-ish speed exploration – the Tremor is emphatically not a Raptor-ized F-250. It was surprising, then, when Ford announced it was making a new 7.3-liter pushrod V8 for its new Super Duty F-250 and F-350 pickups. I was disappointed when the trip computer showed 8.8 mpg when I got home. Yes, Ford put the new 7.3L in my bright red F-250. Below is a picture of the dash on the trip back home: 1,300 RPM, 10th gear, cruise set to 55 mph, and driving in normal mode (not Tow/Haul). I never felt like it was slow, it’s just a revvy engine, with peak power at 5,500 rpm and peak torque at 4,000. I decided to drive in normal mode on the return trip, figuring the lower RPMs (usually around 1,300 RPMs) would increase mileage. I just got back from a 500+ mile towing trip and thought it might help someone who is searching for towing mileage feedback. Though my test truck was highly-optioned, the Tremor package is offered from XLT up to Platinum. Just as I did with the Expedition, I drove in Tow/Haul mode with the cruise control set to 55 mph, except when we drove through the four really small towns along the route. Every Tremor gets a trimmed air dam on the front bumper for better approach angle, twin-tube upgraded shock absorbers, a locking rear differential and limited-slip up front, 18” matte black wheels with 35” Goodyear all-terrains, and a mild lift kit of about two inches front and one inch rear. I think a truck like this will be best embraced out west, where there’s more room to let it run and get it into a good sort of trouble. I do think – however controversially – that the 7.3 liter gasser is the right option for more people than want to admit such a thing. 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