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Top Supercars with V6 Engines

Vukasin Herbez May 9, 2019

Most car enthusiasts think a supercar needs a super-advanced and complicated engine. They are right up to a point since supercars, innovative technology, and multi-cylinder power plants go hand in hand. However, what really defines a supercar is power and performance. And believe it or not, sometimes you can get that from an ordinary V6.

So here are the best V6-powered supercars that can leave a V8 or even a V12 in the dust. Most of those models have engines they based on ordinary motors you can find in everyday cars. But it just goes to show how fast a car can go with a V6 and a wild designer’s imagination.

  1. Jaguar XJ220

When it debuted, the XJ220 was the world’s fastest road-going model with an enormous price tag. Under the hood was a new 3.5-liter twin turbo V6 unit with 542 HP. The design of the car was fantastic with its flowing lines. Also, the wide stance emphasized its performance and speed. The supercar world was shocked when Jaguar decided to use a V6 instead of a V12, but the performance speaks for itself.

  1. Honda NSX

When the NSX first appeared in 1989, it revolutionized the supercar market. Basically, the buyers got Ferrari’s performance and look at a supermarket price. And best of all, they also got Honda’s signature reliability and maintenance costs.

The heart of the NSX was a 3.0-liter V6 that produced 274 HP. But later they used a 3.2-liter V6 that developed 290 HP. Since the car was light, the 0 to 60 mph acceleration time was a lightning-quick five seconds. Also, the top speed was over 170 mph.

  1. Alpine 610

They presented the Alpine A610 in 1991 as a replacement for the Alpine GTA and old A310 from the late ‘70s. The fiberglass-bodied coupe featured several interesting features like a futuristic interior and a Renault rear-mounted turbocharged V6 engine for a vivid performance.

The 3.0-liter V6 produced 247 HP. And that was enough to launch this lightweight coupe from 0 to 60 mph in 5.8 seconds. Also, it achieved close to 170 mph for its top speed.

  1. Nissan Skyline GT-R R35

The R35 Skyline GT-R is a car that doesn’t need a special introduction. One of the fastest, most capable and best handling sports cars you can buy is globally famous for its sublime characteristics and performance.

But the biggest part of its appeal is the engine. The Skyline has a signature turbocharged 3.8-liter V6 that delivers 570 HP or 600 in NISMO trim. In combination with the intelligent all-wheel drive, the GT-R can achieve 60 mph in less than three seconds.

  1. Ford GT

The original Ford GT40 made history in the ‘60s and early 2000s as one of the fastest cars of the period. However, recently Ford presented the superbly advanced but still basic Ford GT with modern technology and unbelievable performance.

The engine of the new GT is particularly interesting since it’s a 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6. It produces a whopping 656 HP. And that gives the car a 0 to 60 mph time of 2.8 seconds and a top speed of 216 mph.

  1. Venturi GT 400

You are excused if you don’t know about Venturi, a small French car company that was active in the ’90s. Using components from other car companies and producing their own bodies and chassis, Venturi produced several beautiful and fast cars. They raced a lot, leaving their mark in the history of obscure supercars with the magnificent 400 GT from the mid-90s.

Visually similar to Ferrari F40, the Venturi 400 GT also used a twin-turbocharged engine. But in the Venturi’s case, it was a 3.0-liter Peugeot V6 they pumped to produce 400 HP in street trim. However, in racing trim, it was capable of over 600 HP.

  1. Dome Zero

The Dome Zero was a small Japanese car company dedicated to producing expensive road-going and racing models. They began production in 1976 and continued until 1986, but it is unclear how many cars they built.

The Dome Zero came with a 2.8-liter SOHC six-cylinder engine producing 147 HP. And while that doesn’t sound like much, the car was extremely light so the performance was respectable. This car would remain forgotten, but its appearance in the Gran Turismo game series cast some light on this interesting project.

  1. Mitsuoka Orochi


One of the world’s most obscure supercars comes from Japan in the form of the Mitsuoka Orochi. It was a groovy looking two-seater with Lambo doors and a controversial design. The Mitsuoka Company was famous for building restomoded cars based on regular models. But in 2006, they decided to enter the supercar market with the highly exclusive Orochi they named after a mythical Japanese dragon with eight heads.

And that is what influenced the design of the car. They based the Orochi on the Honda NSX platform. However, they powered it with a Toyota 3.3-liter V6 engine delivering 240 HP. Although that may not sound impressive, but the car is light and nimble, so the performance is satisfying, to say the least.

  1. Ferrari 246 Dino

The Dino was a big step for Ferrari, even if it was the smallest model they ever made. They introduced it in the mid-60s as the 206 Dino, an entry-level model with a V6 engine. However, most sports car purists were outraged since this was the first sports car Ferrari offered without the big V12 engine.

When they presented the 246 Dino in 1968, sales picked up, making this little car responsible for the financial stability Ferrari needed. And all of this makes the Dino and its V6 important, and not just for Ferrari, but also for car history.

  1. Argyll GT

Behind this strange name lies a Scottish-built supercar from the late ‘70s. Interestingly, the car was a compilation of different parts from different cars. It had a Renault 30 V6 engine and a Triumph 2500 suspension and axles. Sadly, despite the initial interest from customers and promise of a turbocharged version, the company folded. So, the exact number of cars they produced remains unknown, but it was definitely low.

  1. New Honda NSX

Honda made history in 1989 when they presented the first NSX. And better yet, Honda is still a hot item with the new NSX they specially tailored for the 21st century. Even 30 years later, the NSX is still a world-beating supercar powered by a V6 engine, but with a twist.

ew NSX has a hybrid drivetrain they paired with a V6. Also, it has a special intelligent all-wheel-drive system with a combined output of 573 HP from its 3.5-liter V6 and battery pack. And that is more than enough to keep the NSX among the fastest, most capable modern supercars.

So now you know you don’t need a V12 to go fast thanks to these 11 best supercars with a V6 engine. Did you find your favorite on this list? Hopefully, it is one of the cars that is still available and not an obscure model.

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