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    Default Top 10: greatest-ever engines

    If you believe in the romantic notion that cars have soul, then the engine is the heartbeat and the epicentre of a car’s character.
    A great car can be ruined by a characterless power unit, while a merely average one can be elevated to an object of worship just because of what lies under the bonnet. Here are ten great engines and the cars they starred in.

    Rover K-Series
    After taking apart motorbike engines for inspiration, Rover engineers created an award-winning powerplant with the K-Series. The lightweight construction and long-bolt design meant it was tightly packaged, and the design eventually spanned everything from a 1.1-litre four pot to a 2.5-litre V6. Until recently it also powered sports cars from Lotus and Caterham.
    Spiritual home - MGF

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    Austin A-Series
    The A-Series was a tough little cookie, and saw service in the Austin A30 and A40, Minor, Allegro, Maestro, Metro and even Montego. Torquey and responsive, it made its name in the Mini, especially when tweaked for the Cooper versions. It lasted almost 50 years, but there will be plenty around for the next 50.
    Spiritual home – Mini Cooper S

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    Rolls-Royce V8
    Another golden oldie, the Rolls V8 was a silken if relatively simple unit that provided the discreet oomph that a Roller should have. It was even better with a turbocharger strapped to it, and when Bentley offered its buyers the choice of a modern BMW V8 or a twin-turbocharged version of the old engine, they chose the latter.
    Spiritual home – Bentley Turbo R

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    BMW V12
    Not just any BMW 12-banger – this is the bespoke 6.1-litre V12 designed by the Motorsport division to go into the McLaren F1 supercar. The McLaren designers asked for proposals from a number of firms, but it was the M-Sport team that got the nod. 621bhp means in excess of 100bhp per litre without a turbo or supercharger, electrifying performance and spine-tingling sound effects. Once heard, never forgotten.
    Spiritual home – McLaren F1

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    Alfa Romeo boxer
    Dubbed boxer due to the fact that its pistons are horizontally opposed, like a boxer’s fists, this Alfa engine is recognised as one of the most characterful ever made. Debuting in the Alfasud, it also speared in the Sprint and the Arna, and stuck around long enough to appear in the 33 and briefly the 145. The earlier carburretor versions were praised for their snappy response, keenness to rev and a glorious exhaust note.
    Spiritual home - Alfasud

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    Porsche flat six
    Like the Alfa ‘flat four’, the Porsche six has been around in one form or another for decades. Born in 1964 in 2.0-litre form, it debuted in air-cooled form in the then-new 911. It grew with the car, reaching 3.6-litres with the 1993 model year. A new water-cooled version arrived in 1998 to dissent from Porsche purists, but even the latest 3.8-litre version is imbued with character, an incredible soundtrack and superb performance despite the constrictions of modern regulations.
    Spiritual home - 911

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    Lamborghini V12
    Another engine with a long history, the Lamborghini V12 began in 3.5-litre form in the 350GT back in 1964, then appeared in legends like the Miura, Countach and Diablo, growing in size and output all the time. A highly developed version is still playing a starring role for Lamborghini – the latest Murcielago LP640 uses a 6.5-litre version delivering a manic 631bhp at 8,000rpm, with a howling sound track to match.
    Spiritual home - Miura

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    Chevrolet V8
    There have been a number of Chevrolet V8 engines over the years, but the small block Chevy unit is the daddy. Although now only available in crate form, 90 million have been produced since 1955, thanks to its simple but effective design and compact packaging. It was also very tunable, producing as much as 370bhp in stock trim but twice as much with serious work.
    Spiritual home - Corvette

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    Honda V-TEC
    With heavy taxes on large capacity engines, Honda went about getting a quart of power from a pint pot. Hence the creation of V-TEC variable valve timing. Two sets of cam lobes, one for smooth low speed running and another for high rev power means the best of both worlds. Despite its complexity, Honda has not had a single warranty claim for the system in 16 years of production.
    Spiritual home - Civic Type-R


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    Ford Cosworth
    Although based on the humble Pinto, the addition of a 16 valve head and a turbocharger created a late 20th Century icon. Originally with 204bhp, it rose to 227 with the Escort Cosworth, but in BTCC trim it could reach 550bhp from only 2.0-litres. Not exactly smooth or refined, but brutally powerful and raw even in standard form.
    Spiritual home – Ford Sierra Cosworth

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    Source:

    MSN Autos

    Here is the link of the original article

    http://cars.uk.msn.com/news/car_news...mentid=1025845
    Keep a cool head and wear seatbelts!

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    discussions like these make not not to think towards selling my honda now...

    damn you people...talk about cars all day and have nothing better to do..
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    i think best engine (performance ) should be given to the S2000!!!!!!!
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    cuz its got a 2.0 ltr engine, 250 hp, and revs all the way to 11k ( i think)
    that's more HP per Ltr than the M5
    im talkin about N/A engines and not turbos
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    Guys a bit of history, Honda is considered one of the best engine makers, and they are known more for their engine making then anything else. It is later that they went into vehicle production. But the creation of F1 engines and the Vtec is what really put Honda on the map. If it was not for the Honda VTEC we probably would not have had such high powered 4 bangers. You have to give to Honda for Pioneering VTEC.

    As for the ratings the British are biased and prejudice ppl. In the top 10 engines 4 of them are british.

    And some mentioned a Rover V8, lol! It is as British as American Pie, lol!
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    "Hunnn"...!

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    "Mein to Honda hee laisaan!"
    Don't underestimate SOHCS!!!

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    With your permission Saqib bhai, I would like to add a couple of bike engines to the mix. They probably haven't won any accolades, but I personally think they are pretty interesting:

    1. Honda NR750 750cc 32 Valve oval-piston 'V8'
    uses 4 cylinders in 'V' with two conrods and eight valves per piston 125 BHP @ 14000 RPM

    2. Ducati Desmo twins
    Only engines in the world which use desmodromic (springless) valve actuation

    3. Harley Davidson Big Twin
    In production since 1914. Running changes kept it running until now. Now around 40 - 50 HP with a redline of around 4000 RPM.

    Given its humble begginnings, it's the engine of choice for drag racers and speed record setters. Highest speed on Salt Flats done with a bike having twin 1500 cc Thruxton-HD engines. Speed recorded at 322.870 mph (519.609 km/h - Take that Veyron!)

    Shares market with the "Revolution" engine developed with Porsche. Liquid cooled, 1130 cc, 115 HP and a redline of 9000 RPM

    4. Triumph parallel twin.
    Came in sizes from 350 to 750 c.c in the 60s and 70s, they were the "coolest" bikes around. Marlon Brando's film, "The wild one" helping along by not an insignificant amount. Still considered to be one of the most beautiful engines with a lot of "go". Spawned the first "Superbike"The Triumph Trident / BSA Rocket 3

    5. Honda 750 4-cylinder.
    Used in the first generation CB750K. Technically the second "Superbike" in the world after the Triumph / BSA. Effectively killed the market for British bikes due to reliability, quality and generally "friendly" character.

    That's it! Couldn't find ten... If you guys have any ideas, please let us know!

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    Reply By : Racerf1 on 10/6/2006 3:41:43 AM
    And some mentioned a Rover V8, lol! It is as British as American Pie, lol!
    it's an old oldsmobile or buick engine right?
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    @Storm
    You got it!
    "The value of life can be measured by how many times your soul has been deeply stirred." Soichiro Honda

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    Tht Honda 600 Engine which later went for the F1 was a gr8 engine aswell...
    Jayala....

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    i would like to mention the one of the greatest engines of all the times from UK

    the ROVER V8. it had a 37 years of life and has pumped few lovley cars,
    Rover P5
    Rover P6
    Range Rover
    Land Rover
    MGB GT
    MGR V8
    Morgan +8
    Discovery
    Triumph TR8
    Nearly all sorts of TVRS
    Cimera
    Grifith
    Marcos
    Brabum

    or should i say it was in all sorts of British cars.
    this engine was first built by GM, but slashed after 3 years. but later on rights were purchased by Rover in 76`

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    @Charter
    Honda had most of its engines used in F1.
    "The value of life can be measured by how many times your soul has been deeply stirred." Soichiro Honda

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