Nothing beats a V8, and these are the best of the best.
The mighty V8 engine was once the ultimate status symbol of opulence and power in the US. However, environmental concerns are casting a shadow over our favorite gas-burning powerplant. We won't mourn the loss of the V8 just yet, however, as there are still plenty of amazing new cars that come with eight firing cylinders. S ome of the greatest V8 engines of all time are actually on sale today and we thought that we should narrow down our five favorites based on power, sound and overall level of technological brilliance.
The Ford Mustang has always been a symbol of the big, American-style V8. However, Ford took a different approach with the new Shelby GT350. The GT350 and GT350R are powered by a 5.2-liter flat-plane crank V8 with 526 hp that revs to over 8,000 RPM. The flat-plane crank design is more like a Ferrari than a typical American V8.
The 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 from Mercedes first debuted in the AMG GT sports car. This engine replaces the old 6.2-liter naturally aspirated unit, and proves that turbocharged engines can sound just as good. It produces between 469 hp in the base C63, to over 600 hp in the E63 S.
GM's LT4 V8 engine can now be found in the Chevy Z06 Corvette, the ZL1 Camaro and the Cadillac CTS-V. This pushrod engine may not be the most advanced in the world, but it produces a savage 650 hp and world-beating performance.
The 5.0-liter supercharged V8 from Jaguar-Land Rover sounds so good, it's as if you're producing beautiful music with every touch of the throttle. This engine is found in a variety of Jaguar-Land Rover products, but sounds best in the F-Type and Range Rover Sport SVR models.
The 720S is the first McLaren model to come with a new 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 engine. This new engine produces around 720 hp, and is a huge improvement over the previous 3.8-liter V8. We love that McLaren has continued to improve V8 technology with this amazing engine.