Ford Performance’s 2006 Shelby GT-H development car is the test bed for its Gen 3 Coyote crate engine and Control Pack. The car was freshened with a number of Ford Performance Parts upgrades, including a short-throw shifter on its 2014 MT-82 six-speed manual transmission.

If you are stoked about the Gen 3 5.0-liter engine, but you want it in something other than a new vehicle, Ford Performance has your back. Its engineers are already hard at work developing a crate engine along with the supporting PCM and wiring to make the dual-fuel Coyote a swap-friendly beast.

This is our test car for the upcoming Gen3 Coyote. — Mike Robins, Ford Performance

Based on the factory 2018 Mustang engine and rated at a healthy 460 horsepower and 420 lb-ft of torque the Gen 3 5.0 crate engine (PN M-6007-M50C) made its public debut under the hood of a freshened 2006 Shelby GT-H rental car.

“We wanted to re-power our 2006 GT-H and a Coyote bolts in and uses the same motor mounts so it seemed to be an easy solution. This is our test car for the upcoming Gen 3 Coyote,” Ford Performance’s Mike Robins told us.

Looking to get Gen 3 Coyote power in your pre-2018 ride? Next year Ford Performance will make it easier for you with a crate engine and supporting electronics.

The S197 is serving as the test bed for the crate engine and the new Control Pack PCM/harness combination (PN M-6017-M50B), which is still in the development stage but the early reports are promising.

“It’s night and day,” Mike said of the difference between the latest 5.0 and the Three-Valve 4.6 it replaced. “It’s roughly 150 more horsepower and a lot of low-end torque.”

Swapping one of these engines in your hot rod is a tantalizing prospect, but don’t expect to see Control Pack goods to hit the market until some time next year.

“We will be launching the Gen 3 Coyote and Control Pack in 2018 but we are still strategizing how we go from Gen 2 to Gen 3,” Mike added.