Top 10 Naturally Aspirated Engines
When it comes to high-end cars, power and looks are the two main factors that decide whether a vehicle is worth buying. And while beauty is in the eye of the beholder, nobody can argue with a spectacularly powerful engine, which is why we created this top 10 of the best naturally aspirated engines.
10. Audi R8 GT
The Audi R8 GT comes equipped with a 5.2-liter V10 FSI engine, which is able to deliver 400 lb-ft of torque as well as 560 horsepower. This particular Audi can do a 0-62 sprint in just 3.6 seconds and reach a top speed of 199mph. This V10 engine has a power/unit displacement of 108 horsepower per liter.
9. Lamborghini Gallardo LP570-4 Superleggera
Next on our list is the Lamborghini Gallardo LP570-4 Superleggera, which also boasts a 5.2-liter V10 engine. Unlike the Audi’s, the Lamborghini’s V10 is able to deliver 570 horsepower, which enables a 0-62 sprint in 3.4 seconds as well as a top speed of 201 mph. With a power/unit displacement of 110 horsepower per liter, this V10 is quite amazing.
8. Ferrari 599 GTO
The engine mounted on the Ferrari 599 GTO is a 6.0-liter V12 that is able to deliver 459 lb-ft of torque as well as 670 horsepower, propelling the car from 0 to 62mph in 3.4 seconds and all the way up to a top speed of 208mph. This is owed to a power/unit displacement of 112 horsepower per liter.
7. Lexus LFA
Even though its engine has a smaller displacement compared to the ones we described so far, the Lexus LFA can definitely keep up with the rest when it comes to power. This beauty comes packed with a 4.8-liter V10 that is able to dish out 356 lb-ft of torque and 560 horsepower, boasting 0-62 sprint in just 3.7 seconds as well as a top speed of 202 mph. This is all possible thanks to an efficient power/unit displacement of 117 horsepower per liter.
6. Porsche 911 GT3 RS
The Porsche 911 GT3 RS is kept alive by a 3.8-liter flat-six engine with 450 horsepower, ensuring a top speed of 193 mph as well as a 0-62 sprint time of 3.6 seconds. Its power/unit displacement is exactly 118 horsepower per liter, which is quite an impressive achievement indeed.
5. Ferrari F12 Berlinetta
The Ferrari F12 Berlinetta places itself exactly at the middle of our top 10 thanks to its monstrous 6.3-liter V12 engine that dishes out 509 lb-ft of torque and 740 horsepower. This beast is able to propel the F12 to speeds of up to 211 mph and enable a 0-62 sprint in 3.1 seconds. With a power/unit displacement of 123 horsepower per liter, it all starts to make sense.
4. Pagani Zonda R
The Zonda R flaunts a 6.0-liter V12 that delivers 526 lb-ft of torque and 750 horsepower. This guarantees a 0-62 sprint in 2.7 seconds as well as a maximum speed of 218 mph. Its exact power / unit displacement figure is 125 horsepower per liter.
3. Honda S2000
Our top 3 starts with the Honda S2000, which boasts a 2.0-liter I4 engine that puts out 250 horsepower and 161 lb-ft of torque. The Honda’s top speed is 149 mph, while its 0-62 time is 6.2 seconds. What makes this engine particularly impressive is its power/unit displacement of 125 horsepower per liter – the same as the Zonda.
2. Ferrari 458 Italia
Apart from its incredible looks, the 458 Italia also impresses with its outstanding powertrain. The engine is a 4.5-liter V8 that guarantees 399 lb-ft of torque as well as 570 horsepower, delivering the red-hot Ferrari from 0 to 62 mph in 3.4 seconds and onwards to a top speed of 202 mph. Its power/unit displacement is 127 horsepower per liter.
1. Caparo T1
And with a power/unit displacement of 164 horsepower per liter, the first place goes to the Caparo T1’s 3.5 liter V8. This roaring engine flaunts 311 lb-ft of torque and 575HP, ensuring a 0-62 sprint in 2.5 seconds as well as a maximum speed of 205 mph.