The new Lexus LC 500 coupe is one magnificent driving machine. The design and the technology are fascinating, but the big part of its appeal is the engine. In days of supercharging and turbocharging, Lexus decided to go the traditional way and introduce a magnificent, naturally aspirated V8 with 5.0-liters of displacement.
The alloy V8 delivers 471 HP and 398 lb-ft of torque. Even though those numbers are somewhat smaller than the rest of the engines on this list, the 2UR-GSE has a high-revving capacity. It also has the VVTi system and it is lightweight. That is enough to provide a vivid performance to the Lexus LC 500 coupe.
Available in various Nissan and Infiniti products, this V8 powerplant is not your average performance engine. But that’s not why it is featured on this list. This engine is a perfect balance between performance, durability, and practicality. You can find it in performance models, as well as in big SUVs and trucks. They made the VK56VD out of light alloy materials, so it features 5.6 liters of displacement.
The power ranges from 390 HP to 420 HP, depending on the application. In Australia, Nissan races in the V8 Supercar championship where those engines deliver up to 650 HP in race tune. The quality of Nissan’s V8 also shined when they installed in the Titan pickup truck. In the Titan, this light but powerful unit shows its true nature. It is also durable and trouble-free for many miles despite hard-working conditions. These are the best modern V8 engines today, but keep your eyes open for future updates to this famous horsepower powerhouse.
Although Audi has perfected five-cylinder turbocharged engines and high-revving V10 featured in its R8 supercar and Lamborghini Gallardo/Huracan, the latest gem from Ingolstadt is a fantastic twin-turbo V8 with 4.0-liters of displacement and the latest in direct injection technology and engine management.
The result is fantastic – 591 HP and 590 lb-ft of torque. This V8 is destined to debut in the brand-new 2020 Audi RS6 Avant, the fastest station wagon currently on sale. Also, it will be installed in other Audi models in the future.
You know about Coyote 5.0-liter Ford puts in the Mustang and you heard about fantastic Voodoo 5.2-liter V8 it uses for the Shelby GT350 but what is the new 7.3-liter Godzilla? It’s one of the hottest new V8 engines designed especially for heavy-duty trucks and towing. The 7.3-liter gained much attention from fans for its unique characteristics and distinctive old-school approach in a modern package.
The 7.3-liter Godzilla V8 is a push-rod, small-block, gasoline V8 engine which looks like it could be designed in the ’60s. But using the latest technologies, state-of-the-art fuel injection systems, modern castings, and electronic engine management, drivers got the best of both worlds. The new 7.3-liter is brutally dependable, tough, and easy to repair and at the same time very economical for what it is, powerful and can last millions of miles. The nominal power figures are 430 HP and 475 lb-ft of torque but the Blue Oval is just waiting to release much more from this package.