Way back in 2016 motortrend.com published an article proclaiming it was time to create a Engine Hall of Fame. They proposed 12 different engines for the inaugural class (in alphabetical order):
Alpha Romeo "Busso": V6 (1979)
Alpha Romeo Twin Cam: I-4 (1954)
AMG M156/159: V-8 (2006)
BMW S50B32: I-6 (1996)
BMW S65B40: V-8 (2007)
Chevrolet LS7: V-8 (2006)
Ferrari F140: V-12 (2002)
Honda F20C: I-4 (1999)
Nissan/Prince S20: I-6 (1968)
Nissan RB26DETT: Turbo I-6
Mazda13B-REW: Sequential Turbo Rotary (1992)
Toyota 2JZ-GTE: Twin-Turbo I-6 (1991)
This is a great list, but surely it's just a start. I can think of another dozen engines that deserve to be in the first round of Hall of Fame inductees. What about the air cooled VW engine or the Flathead Ford V-8, Subaru Boxer, Small Block Chevrolet, or the freakin' DeSoto Hemi? These are all engines that have a rightful place in a hypothetical Engine Hall of Fame.
Plus, I'm sure that I am missing some obvious ones, that I haven't ran across in my life. So the question is:
Keep on Cruisin'!
Art by: Chris Breeden
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