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Today we join Car Throttle as they celebrate the best engines ever made. What do you think to their list?
The SR20DET is best known for its place on the SR20 Nissan Chassis. It’s an engine that’s easy to tune and has a decent hiking power without going pop.
The name, when broken down, has specific meaning:
SR = engine code name
20 = 2.0 liter displacement
D = dual overhead camshaft
E = electronic fuel injection
T = turbocharged
Mazda’s Wankel Rotary Engines
The Wankel engines work the same as a piston engine but go about it in a different way. A triangular rotor rotates in a chamber which is shaped in a way that allows the air fuel mixture to be compressed against the flattened edge. This means that the engines tend to be smooth and produce a higher RPM but they’re known for using a lot of fuel and oil.
The 2JZ is the most iconic JDM engine. It’s 3.0 liter inline 6 is famous for the Toyota Supra and became particularly popular in the drifting scene due to its capability of managing a ridiculously high horsepower. It’s an engine that can be tuned high and bounce off the rev limiter without it exploding.
In the Boxer, each bank of pistons work opposite each other. Subaru made this engine their own in the Impreza WRX and STi road cars. Due to the pistons being on their sides, the engine is lower in the car and so reduces the car’s centre of gravity.
Volvo Modular Engine Inline-5
The straight 5 engine is the one we get most excited about. It’s not the most compact configuration ever made but the noise it makes is pretty special. The 2.5 liter version made its way into the Mark 2 Ford Focus RS.
S85 BMW V10
The high revving S85 was derived from BMWs involvement in Formula 1. The 5 liter V10 was built for the E60 and E61 M5 and the E63 and E64 M6. It makes 507 bhp and produces 384 lb ft torque but more importantly it’s one of the best sounding engines.
Alfa Romeo V6 ‘Busso’
The name of this engine came from its creator Giuseppe Busso. His last hurrah was this 2.5 liter V6 engine first featured in the Alphetto GTV6 and the Alpha 6 in 1979 The reason it’s made it onto this list is because it looks gorgeous in any engine bay and sounds incredible.
This 2.0 liter engine sits in a Honda S2000 and is another on our list that was inspired by motorsports. The F20C was designed with fast engine response in mind and as a result, it has a high rev range and rewards its driver with a sonorous driving experience. Until the Ferrari 458 was produced, this power-plant had the highest specific output for any naturally aspirated engine.
The RB26DETT doesn’t power a wide variety of cool cars but has become an icon of the JDM scene due to it being the heart of the famous R34GTR. The engine is nearly invincible and perfect for high horsepower builds, making it popular with tuners.
GM’s LS V8 Series
After Chevrolet’s small block engine, the LS V8 series became one of the most iconic. Despite being relatively small, it’s a popular choice for an engine swap.
What’s your favorite engine? Did it make it on to Car Throttle’s list? Comment below.