Believe It or Not, Ford Isn’t Killing the V8

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2011 Ford F-550 Super Duty

If you’ve looked at Ford’s product offerings lately, you’ll have noticed a big change. There are hardly any V8 models available anymore. Sure, you can find it on the Mustang GT, and you can find it in a few pickup trucks, but that’s it. For some, they think that Ford is doing away with the V8. We don’t think so, for one very important reason. Alternative fuel.

Obviously a big V8 doesn’t make sense in a lot of passenger vehicles, but we’re truck fans here and we want big V8s in our trucks. Ford will continue to offer the V8 as an option in the future so that buyers can convert to CNG or other forms of alternative fuel.

F-650/F-750 at Ohio Assembly Plant

Why the alternative fuel play? It’s simple, many governments and municipalities have¬†laws in place requiring the vehicles they purchase to run on alternative fuels. It’s easy to get a F-150, Super Duty, or even medium-duty truck from Ford with the V8 so it can be converted to run on compressed natural gas easily.

So while you might think the reason is silly, it does keep the V8s around for us to buy. If, for some reason, you don’t want to go EcoBoost in your next Ford truck, you won’t have to worry. The V8 should remain alive and well for the Blue Oval. Of course, you might have to order the truck, but they should still have it.

What do you think? Let us know your thoughts over in the forums!

Chad Kirchner is a regular contributor to Corvette Forum and Ford Truck Enthusiasts, among other auto sites.

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