An all-new Hemi-fighting V-8 has the green light atMotor Co. and will be built at the auto maker’s engine plant in Romeo, MI, under the code name Hurricane, a company source tells Ward’s.
The Romeo facility, located some 40 miles (64 km) north of Detroit, currently turns out 4.6L and 5.4L V-8 engines for various cars and trucks in the domestic lineup.
The Hurricane’s displacement and timetable are unclear, but reports indicate the engine could be a 6.2L mill initially tagged for the F-Series pickup lineup, with output trumping anything in’s domestic light-duty V-8 family today.
A Ford spokeswoman says the auto maker is “not planning any announcements regarding engine programs at this time.”
But the source says the company is beginning to work out the details for adding a bigger engine to Romeo’s menu.
Ford recently pumped $192 million into Romeo in order to ready it for the modular 3-valve 4.6L V-6, which powers the ’05 Mustang GT. The investment covered the installation of a new cylinder-head line and the conversion of an existing assembly line to produce the Mustang engine.
Eventually, Romeo’s Hurricane engine could matriculate throughout other Ford-affiliated brands, much likeGroup’s popular 340-hp 5.7L Hemi V-8, which first found life in the Ram pickup and then moved onto SUVs and cars.
Whether Ford stays with the Hurricane moniker is a matter for internal discussion, a separate source says. With Hemi’s strong brand identification and a bigger, 425-hp, 6.1L V-8 Hemi on the way later in 2005, Ford’s naming process likely will be a sensitive issue.