Cars are about the horse power they possess in them, so I bet every year a lot of adrenaline junkies like me make it their point to look out for new power trains and engines to admire and glare at them with satisfaction.
Let us see who comes on top…
1. BMW’s 3.0 Liter Turbocharged Inline-Six From the 340i
Since 1995, when Wards began its 10 Best Engines awards, BMW has walked away with 32 of them. As a new trim for BMW’s line of 3 Series cars, the 340i nestles on the top end in terms of refinement and power and carries on the tradition. Capable of 320 horsepower thanks to a larger twin-scroll turbocharger, higher compression ratio and “the impeccable balance afforded by an inline layout, proves once again an engine need not make outrageous horsepower or torque numbers to be enormously rewarding and thrilling to drive.”
2. GM’s 3.6 Liter V6 From the Chevrolet Camaro and Cadillac ATS
The 3.6 liter V6 sees dual action in both the Chevrolet Camaro and the Cadillac ATS — a peculiar pairing.It has 335 horsepower and 285 pound-feet of twist a coveted spot on 2016’s best engines’ list.
3. Chevy’s 1.5 liter four-cylinder/120-kW Drive Motor From the Volt
New from the ground up for 2016, the Chevrolet Volt uses a next-gen Voltec powertrain that’s been prodded and tweaked to deliver over 50 miles of pure electric driving before the dinosaur juice kicks in.
4. Ford’s 5.2 Liter V8 From the Shelby GT350 Mustang
Known colloquially as the Voodoo V8, Ford’s latest engine boasts 526 horsepower and a race-tuned setup thanks largely to its unique flat-crank construction — a strategy usually employed by the likes of Ferrari. Its 8,250 RPM redline is almost as impressive as its gorgeous soundtrack, and the unit — found exclusively in the new Shelby GT350 and GT350R Mustangs — manages to nail the 100 horsepower per liter mark, which Wards notes is unusual for V8s without forced induction.
5. Hyundai’s 2.0 Liter four-cylinder/50-kW Drive Motor From the Sonata PHEV
Boasting 27 miles of electric range before utilizing the gasoline engine, the Sonata PHEV manages between 41 and 80 miles per gallon once the whole system is working in tandem.
6. Nissan’s 3.5 Liter V6 From the Maxima
The 3.5 liter V6 in Nissan’s new Maxima isn’t as groundbreaking as other powertrains found on this list, but the “VQ makes for light, lively and refined power delivery, and the sterling mid-range torque is still there.” Wards notes that “61% of the new VQ’s parts have been redesigned to reduce friction and weight and promote better breathing. The new heads, intake ports and intermediate locking valve timing make for more complete combustion, and a new intake manifold with wider and shorter runners improves airflow.” All told, it’s the sum of small differences that change the engine completely.
7. Fiat-Chrysler’s 3.0 Liter Turbo diesel V6 from the Ram 1500 and Jeep Grand Cherokee
Considered the only diesel in its segment, the 3.0 liter V6 built by VM Motor in Italy provides a hefty lump of 420 pound-feet of torque paired with respectable fuel economy figures to make the Ram 1500 and Jeep Grand Cherokee some of the most competitive in their fields.
8. Subaru’s 2.0 liter Turbocharged four-cylinder Boxer from the WRX
Making Wards’s list for the second time in as many years is Subaru’s stellar poster child for high-output, affordable turbocharged 4s. Its flat format keeps weight low, while 268 horsepower from four cylinders is nothing to sneeze at. It beat out four other four-cylinder turbos for the spot, and “makes the WRX fast, fun and spirited, while being perfectly suitable for daily driving. This is a great engine that completes the package: a reasonably priced practical sports car with a rally racing heritage.
9. Toyota’s 1.8 liter four-cylinder/53-kW Drive Motor from the Prius
Though the overall architecture of the Prius drivetrain hasn’t changed, Toyota’s tweaking has resulted in a boost in both power and fuel efficiency.
10. Volvo’s 2.0 liter Turbo/Supercharged four-cylinder from the XC90
Wards’s editors “routinely got better than 24 miles per gallon in a big 7-passenger CUV with all-wheel drive,” because of the engine, which produces 316 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque.
There you have it folks, these engines will leave your imagination running wild…