Henry De Los Santos
Mustang360 Network Content Director
November 3, 2016

We all know aesthetics can tickle the retinas, but it’s all about the powerplant for the seat of the pants feel. Add in the rowdy bumpstick rumble with the power adder of your choice, and you have the potential recipe for a lot of fun.

The real question becomes, what’s the best combination for your particular application? Aftermarket support for the pushrod 5.0L is strong as ever and won’t be going away anytime soon. As an example, Trick Flow Specialties just released their Twisted Wedge 11R top-end kit, which includes the 170 cylinder heads, timing chain set, roller rockers, lifters, push rods, fasteners, and a camshaft. Using an 11:1 compression 306ci short-block with an Edelbrock Performer RPM Air Gap intake manifold, this gem has already pumped out 432hp and 370 lb-ft.

On the other end of the spectrum is the modern day Coyote powerplant and there are plenty of options to look into. Of course, there’s also the latest EcoBoost packages available, too. Whether it’s a crate motor from Ford Performance or a rebuild with better pistons and rods, the choices are nearly unlimited. And of course in between the pushrod 5.0L and Coyote 5.0L, you can also venture into the 2V, 3V, and 4V Modular world. One particular option we like is the new Ford Performance B53 Modular short-block that allows you to use your choice of top-end. With its forged internals, you can expect this 323ci monster to hold up against quite a bit of power. With all the options available, which powerplant would you go with?

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