Michael Johnson
Technical Editor
February 4, 2019

We’re a little biased when it comes to Ford engines, but when another organization recognizes the greatness we have known for years, we feel like it deserves to be brought to the forefront. We’ve known the Coyote line of engines has been great since it was introduced in 2011. However, we do have to give credit where it’s due, because this is not the first time the Coyote engine has appeared on the list. As a matter of fact, the Coyote engine that appeared on Wards’ 2018 list, and again for 2019.

We’ve praised the Coyote engine since its inception, but Wards heaped praise on the 2019 Mustang GT and Bullitt Gen 3 Coyote. “We applaud the GT’s 5.0L, which incorporates technology such as mirror-bore, spray-in cylinder liners borrowed from the Shelby GT350 V-8 and adds direct fuel injection to the carryover port injection to achieve 460 horsepower and 420 lb-ft (569 Nm) of torque, up 25 horsepower and 20 lb-ft over the prior version,” Wards says.

With many performance improvements engineered into the Gen 3 Coyote engine, we can see why Wards Auto has it on its 2019 list of best engines. The Gen 1 Coyote debuted in 2011 Mustang GT with 412 horsepower, and supposedly, every ounce of horsepower was on the table. However, Ford has been able to crank out another 70 horsepower under the hood of a 2019 Bullitt. It’s a great time to be a Ford enthusiast.

Wards loves the Coyote’s power, especially that of the Bullitt, thanks to the GT350 intake and other revisions adding 20 horsepower. “We have no complaints with the standard GT, but there’s something extra-special about the Bullitt, which also gets a free-flowing active exhaust that’s music to any enthusiast’s ears. On paper, the Bullitt engine picks up a mere 20 horsepower over the GT, but on the road the Bullitt demonstrates how small changes and careful attention to tuning can bring new life to mature technology and create a whole new level of firepower,” Wards added.

Wards also loves the 10-speed automatic, but like us, prefer the six-speed manual with rev matching in the Bullitt. Like Wards, we’ll take an A10 car and a six-speed Bullitt.

Photography by Michael Johnson