Automobile manufacturers through the years have been developing engines,
which produce more horsepower and performance. They have developed
mammoth sized engines, which exhilarates the senses. Engineers have
constantly pushing their boundaries to make their offering better than
before. Today we tell you the top 10 greatest car engines ever built
according to us, do let us know what you think and which you think is
10.) Honda K20
In particular, the A1/A2/Z1/Z3 variants. 200(ish) HP, 8000+ RPM redline,
and smooth up and down the rev range. The lack of low-end torque is
more than made up for by the way it begs to be redlined, and loves every
minute of it. Easy to make more power with simple bolt-ons and
reprogramming, with Honda reliability to boot.
9.) Toyota 1LR-GUE V10
Developed by Yamaha just like the Volvo V8 that powers the Noble M600
, this 72-degree 4.8-liter V10 is so rev-happy that you need digital instruments to follow its moves. It also sounds like
a well lubricated dream.
8.) AMC 4.0
The first incarnation of AMC's 4.0 straight-six dates back to 1964. I know. But hear me out!
liter version came out in 1986, but was reworked and redesigned all
through the 1990s and into the mid 2000s. The one in the picture is full
of names because it's the 5 millionth 4.0 engine built produced on the
Greenlee Block Line.
7.) Alfa Romeo V6 24V
6.) Toyota 2JZ-GTE
The 2JZ-GTE with VVT-i was created to fight Nissan's brilliant engines
in the world of boost and variable valve-timing. The basic engine
debuted in 1991, but its variable-timing version came out in 1997, so
it's good after all.
5.) Buick V6 Series 2 3800
4.) Volkswagen TFSI
It's supercharged for low-end torque, it's turbocharged for high-end
torque and fuel economy, it's compact, light and extremely versatile.
Based on the EA111, this new engine was announced at the 2005 Frankfurt Motor Show, to be first used in the Mk5 Golf GT, the 125 kW 1.4 litre TSI engine is a "Twincharger", and uses both a turbocharger and a supercharger. Its displacement downsizing
leads to improved fuel economy, with 14% more power than the 2.0 FSI,
but consuming 5% less fuel. The mechanical supercharger compressor,
driven at 1.5 times the speed of the crankshaft, mainly operates at low engine speeds from tick-over up to 2,400 revolutions per minute (rpm) to increase low-end torque. At engine speeds just above idle, the belt-driven supercharger provides a boost pressure of 1.2 bars (17.4 psi).
The turbocharger assumes full effectiveness at middle revs, and the
engine map disengages the clutch-controlled supercharger at a maximum
upper limit of 3,500 rpm; the supercharger will then be bypassed once
the turbocharger spools up and reaches sufficient speed to provide
adequate boost in the upper rev-ranges. This engine is made at
In 2007, Volkswagen announced the 90 kW model which will replace the 1.6 FSI 85 kW (116 PS; 114 bhp)
engine. This engine differs from the 103 kW and 125 kW models in
several ways. It uses only one method of forced induction - a
turbocharger (and not a supercharger), and has water-cooled intercooler.
The engine has reduced frictional losses, optimised camshafts,
new intake ports, and new high-pressure injector valves. It is also 14
kilograms (31 lb) lighter than the 125 kW model, in order to improve
fuel economy and reduce emissions.
3.) Ford Ecoboost V6
One of the most humble engine, yet the most technologically
advanced engine is from Ford. The American manufacturer developed a
1.0-litre EcoBoost engine, which fits on an A4 size paper and is known
to produce 123 horsepower and phenomenal fuel efficiency at the same
EcoBoost is a family of turbocharged, direct injection petrol engines produced by the Ford Motor Company and co-developed by FEV engineering.
Engines equipped with EcoBoost technology are designed to deliver power and torque consistent with those of larger engine displacement, naturally aspirated engines while achieving approximately 20% better fuel efficiency and 15% reduced greenhouse emissions
than these same engines. Ford sees EcoBoost as an affordable and
versatile alternative to the power output and fuel efficiency of hybrid and diesel technologies and intends to use it extensively in future vehicle applications.
2.) BMW S54
The BMW M54 is a straight-6 DOHC piston engine which replaced the M52 and was produced from 2000 to 2006. Compared with its M52 predecessor, the M54 features electronic throttle control. The M54 uses an aluminium block and aluminium cylinder head with cast iron cylinder liners and like the technical updates variants of the M52, the M54 features variable valve timing for intake and exhaust valves.
The E46 M3 is powered by the S54 engine series, which is an evolution of the S50B32, itself being based on the M50. It still features an iron block as opposed to the aluminum M54.
1.) GM LS Series
The GM small-block engine family is an engine design intended as the only V-8 engine used in General Motors'
line of rear-wheel-drive cars and trucks. The GM small-block series was
a "clean sheet" design with only the rod bearings in common in terms of
shared parts with the classic Chevrolet small block V8. The basic layout owes a good deal to the essential concept of Ed Cole's original small-block design of 1954-55, though the small-block engine also uses design cues from Buick, Oldsmobile, and Pontiac engines. Some small-block engines are all-aluminum, especially the performance oriented engines, while others are cast iron, and all small-block engines have five main bearing caps.
The small-block engine has been the sole powerplant of the Chevrolet Corvette from 1997-2015 and has seen use in a wide variety of other General Motors vehicles, ranging from sport coupes to full size trucks.
Due to the engine's relatively compact external dimensions compared to
its displacement and power output, the engine family is also a popular
choice for import cars, kit cars, hot rods, buggies, and even light aircraft.