Ford Performance Parts now offers a Coyote 5.0 long-block compatible with the 2011-2014 electronics that incorporates the improvements of the 2015 and later Coyote engines.
Undoubtedly, the Coyote engine has become the performance standard in the Ford world. You either want one or you want your engine to make more power than the modern 5.0. As such, Ford Performance Parts has done well with its line of complete Coyote crate engines. Now the Blue Oval hot-rodding division is offering a long-block version of the first-gen Coyote engine (PN M-6006-M50A1; $7,875).
Parts Not Included
If you are simply replacing a stock engine in a 2011-2014 Mustang GT, you won’t need these parts, so they aren’t included with the long-block. Likewise, if you are building a custom high-performance engine, you may want to use high-performance versions of these parts:
• Intake manifold and throttle body
• Fuel rails and fuel injectors
• Engine wiring harness
• Water pump pulley
• Ignition coils
• Exhaust manifolds
This engine makes for a great replacement engine or a great option for those who want to add high-performance upgrades, like intakes, headers and such. To reveal what went into the development of this engine, Ford Performance Parts recently released an interview with Ford Performance Product Manager Mike Robins.
“For many customers a demand exists for a brand-new engine that will bolt in and run properly in a 2011-2014 Mustang GT. Furthermore, we’ve expanded our engine lineup to include these long-blocks to accompany our existing short-blocks and complete crate engines,” he explained. “This offers us the ability to give customers what they really want. This long-block provides a solution to 2011-2014 Mustang owners looking for a new engine, or for the basis of a custom Coyote engine build.”
Our Ford Performance engineering team integrated all of the 2015-2017 ‘Gen 2’ Coyote benefits and improvements in a package that will work seamlessly in a 2011-2014 Mustang GT. — Mike Robins, Ford Performance
“Many 2011-2014 Mustang GT owners are in the sweet spot of modifying their vehicles. This long-block gives any 2011-2014 Mustang GT owner the opportunity of a brand new long-block option. A complete 2014 ‘Gen 1’ engine is no longer manufactured by our engine plant, but this upgrade will solve that predicament and even offer a performance benefit to our customers at the same time,” he added. “When a customer opts for this long-block, they simply reuse or finish off their top end components the way they want, add exhaust, and finally have a custom calibration created for their vehicle. That’s all it takes to be off and running again.”
Other than being a direct-replacement for the S197 Coyote cars, the real secret sauce of this long-block is that it incorporates many of the improvements added to the second-generation Coyote that powers the 2015+ Mustang GTs.
“There are two types of Coyote engines, the 2011-2014 or Gen 1, and the 2015-2017, or Gen 2 Coyote engine,” Mike said. “Our Ford Performance engineering team integrated all of the 2015-2017 ‘Gen 2’ Coyote benefits and improvements in a package that will work seamlessly in a 2011-2014 Mustang GT. Additionally this long-block can also be used in any custom, hot rod, or street rod application with a Gen 1 Coyote engine control system.”
The secret of the new long-block is that its more modern performance is compatible with the electronics in the 2011-2014 Mustang GTs as well as those found in Ford Performance Parts’ own first-gen Controls Pack (PN M-6017-A504VA; $1,999) designed to support Coyote swaps in other vehicles.
As you may know, the later Coyotes received better cylinder heads, improved cams, better pistons and many detail improvements.
“Many of the benefits of the Gen 2 Coyote are derived from its ability to breathe better. These attributes include a new cylinder head design, which flows even better than the CNC-ported 2012-2013 cylinder head found on the BOSS Mustang,” he explained. “The Gen 2 also benefits from larger intake and exhaust valves, improved camshafts, revised pistons that accommodate larger valves, and even a rebalanced, forged crankshaft which supports higher-rpm operation. It was important to us to integrate all of these improvements in a package which works in an earlier, 2011-2014 Mustang combination.”
Many of the challenges to create this long-block stemmed from the engine electronics. — Mike Robins, Ford Performance
The challenge is that the later engines are incompatible with the electronics in the earlier Mustangs and even the PCM included in Ford Performance Parts’ first-gen Coyote Control Pack (PN M-6017-A504VA; $1,999).
“Many of the challenges to create this long-block stemmed from the engine electronics. Electronics in today’s passenger vehicles are as complicated as ever,” Mike added. “With that being said, the first thing we did was target the top end electronics which power a 2011-2014 Coyote, and adapt this 2017 engine to fit with those electronics. It certainly helped having the Ford engineers on our side to pull off complicated tasks like this.”
For more on the Gen 1 Coyote long-block you can visit the Ford Performance Parts site here. Likewise, if you want to know more about the differences between the early and later Coyote engines, there is a handy guide right here.