Top 5 greatest engines ever produced

A short list of the most glorious engines to ever be bolted into road cars.

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Let's start off with some ground rules shall we? Each engine on this list must have a different amount of cylinders, otherwise this list will just be the "top 5 greatest V10 engines ever made" (because let's be honest here, 10 is the best amount of cylinders to have in a car end of.) The only other rule is that they must be engines that have powered road cars, so no Formula 1 V10 or Porsche 919 Evo V4 unfortunately. Now that that's out of the way, let's get started with this:

5 - Mercedes Benz CLK GTR 6.9L NA V12 - W297

Let's start things off by almost breaking my own rules... Almost.

The CLK GTR was designed and engineered with one goal in mind: Racing, and racing it did. The CLK GTR raced in the FIA GT championship series in 1997 and then again in 1998, in the 24 hours of Le Mans (The car was then renamed as the CLK LM). Due to homologation regulations in the FIA GT championship, it required that at least 25 road going versions had to be built. Mercedes built 28. This number comprised of 2 prototypes, 20 coupés and 6 roadsters. The Engine itself produces 604 HP at 6,800 rpm and 775 N⋅m of torque at 5,250rpm. You can listen to the sound of this beast here.

4 - Ferrari 458 - 4.5L NA V8 - F136

This glorious engine is part of the "Ferrari/Maserati" F136 V8 family. It generates a power output of 562 HP at 9,000 rpm, and 540 N⋅m of torque at 6,000 rpm, However you don't need to rev this engine to pieces to get it to move, as 80% of the torque is still available at just 3,250 rpm. The engine family in which this is very much a part of, also powers cars such as the Maserati Quattroporte, the Ferrari f430, the Alfa Romeo 8C spider and of course the Ferrari 458. You can hear this engine revving its glorious heart out here.

3 - Alfa Romeo 156 GTA 3.2L 24v

Where do I even start with this one? The Busso engine (nicknamed that after the man who developed it, Giuseppe Busso) was a 60° V6 engine made by Alfa Romeo from 1979 to 2005. This particular version of the engine was introduced in 2002 with the Alfa Romeo 156 GTA. It produced 247 HP and 300 N⋅m of torque. This engine became well known for the way it sounded. In August 2011 EVO magazine wrote that "the original Alfa Romeo V6 was the most glorious-sounding six-cylinder road engine ever," while the British Classic & Sports Car magazine described it as "the best sounding engine this side of a Maserati V8. You can hear the way it sounds here. And that engine bay just looks gorgeous doesn't it?

2 - Bugatti Chiron 8.0L quad turbocharged W16 - WR16

Behold, the most powerful engine ever put in a road car. It produces an incredible 1,479 HP at 6,700 and a crazy 1,600 N⋅m of torque which is produced throughout 2,000 to 6,000 rpm. That's right, this cars torque figure straight lines through 4,000 rpm! Most Hypercars are happy with a simple twin turbo setup but not Bugatti, this really is all or nothing. All this power helps this car reach an electronically limited top speed of 420km/h. To help visualise the size of this engine - and this is purely theoretical - imagine two 4.0L twin turbo V8's stuck together to create one enormous 8.0L quad turbo W16. Despite this engine not revving very high, it still sounds scary. Listen to it here.

1 - Lexus LFA - 4.8L NA V10 - LFA10

This masterpiece is very much loved throughout the car community. I mean what's not to love about a modern V10? The Lexus LFA is powered by a 72-degree bank angle 4,805 cc V10 engine equipped with Dual VVT-i carrying the 1LR-GUE designation with a maximum output of 553 HP delivered at 8,700 rpm. Its maximum torque output of 480 N⋅m arrives at 6,800 rpm, 90 percent of which is available from 3,700 rpm. The engine redlines at 9,000 rpm. It is constructed using forged aluminum pistons, forged titanium connecting rods, and solid titanium valves. The V-angle of the LFA's V-10 engine is set to 72-degrees to fully balance the firing force from the pistons. This 72-degree angle allows for even firing from the pistons without the use of a split-journal crankshaft, thus improving engine efficiency as well as lowering the overall weight. This car is engineered to a level of perfection that was incomprehensible. Even Jeremy Clarkson said that this car is so good, that even the people who made it, are unable to make it again. High praise not for not reason. This engine is commonly said to be the best sounding engine ever. Listen to it here. Even the piano company Yamaha had to get involved with this engine. Perhaps that's why it sounds so good, all those years tuning instruments to sound perfect.

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Comments (62)

  • Where’s the 426 Hemi? Or the Lamborghini V12? Or the small block Chevy? Or the Flathead Ford? Jeep 4 liter six? The Packard V12?

      1 month ago
    • Yep, all great engines and they weren't without consideration either! 5 is a small number though

        1 month ago
    • Yeah this is a weak list. Couldn't care less about most of these engines, which are generally out of the reach of most folks. If it came in a $100k plus car who gives a shit. They only moved a small few. Meh.

        1 month ago
  • Imagine being butthurt about someone’s personal opinion. Do people realise this isn’t a factual article and is what an article should be, opinion based!

      1 month ago
  • These are great options. But guys, let's come to a consensus. Whether you love Mercedes or not, there 4.0L Biturbo V8 is a masterpiece. It was won 15 performance awards and powers many cars. From AMG cars to Astons, to even Brabus. That V8 is incrediblely reliable and has survived 4 generations. Also one close to my heart. The Bentley L-Class V8 5 and 3/4L is now 100 years old. It definitely needs to be here. It has served in luxury cars, race cars, rally cars, trucks, and I think one trophy car.

      1 month ago
  • How about 2jz from supra, boxer engine from WRX STI, and v12 from Lamborghini Aventador?

      1 month ago
    • If I was writing about the top 10 greatest engines ever made, they certainly would be up there too!

        1 month ago
    • Whats special about the aventador v12?

        1 month ago
  • You can tell the young guys from the old and fan boys from real hands on car guys😂

      1 month ago