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It was just a matter of time before the new generation Ford 5.0 Coyote powerplant (from the 2011 Ford Mustang GT) found its way into the original 5.0 Ford Mustang Fox Body. We’re actually surprised it has taken as long as it has, but Kurgan Motorsports has done a very clean swap into their Fox Body project. Blending tradition with modern technology, the result is a “friggin’ animal on the streets” according to Bob Kurgan himself.
Obviously the swap wasn’t a straight drop-in, even though the motor fit in quite snug in the older-generation Mustang’s engine bay. Kurgan Motorsports fabricated custom motor mounts, air conditioning brackets and power steering brackets. We’re going to safely assume there was a bit more than that involved in getting it all to work and fire up, but we’re glad someone now has a formula for success.
You’d think with 412-hp and 390 ft-lbs of torque in the lighter Fox Body Mustang that it would be more than enough. But the horsepower freaks at Kurgan are already planning to outfit the 5.0 with a supercharger. And if you’re interested? Kurgan is currently working with Ford to do a complete Coyote 5.0 swap at Carlisle Ford Nationals later this year and plans to start offering swap kits to the public.