10 Best High Performance Sports Cars Engines In The World

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A turbocharged engine with naturally aspirated manners; a combination of explosive power, ultra-direct throttle response, dazzling performance and low fuel consumption are all hallmarks of a high performance sports cars engines.

The following is a list of 10 best high-performance engines in the world that offers an exceptional driving experience to its drivers:

10. Audi 2.5-litre five-cylinder turbo

The Audi 2.5-litre five-cylinder turbo powerplant carries on the tradition of Audi Sports performance. It features a 2.5-liter TFSI turbocharged engine that’s known for its unique firing order and inimitable sound. The distinct engine note can be controlled by opening the flaps of the standard Audi RS exhaust system.

This engine provides the maximum torque of 354 lb-ft and is available at engine speeds as low as 1,700 rpm and remains constant up to 5,850 rpm. As a result, the RS3 can sprint from 0-100 km/h in 3.9 seconds.

This engine powers the Audi RS3TT RS, and RS Q3.

9. BMW 1.5-litre three-cylinder electric-gasoline Hybrid

WIth an AC synchronous electric motor; 11.6 kWh lithium-ion battery and 1.5 liters BMW TwinPower Turbo 3-cylinder – this engine delivers the performance of a sports car and the efficiency of an electric vehicle.

With the electric motor and combustion engine working in tandem providing a total output of 369hp and 420 lb-ft of torque, enabling the i8 Coupe and i8 Roadster to sprint from 0-100 km/h in as little as 4.2 seconds.

8. Tesla all-electric powertrain

Tesla’s all-electric powertrain delivers unparalleled performance in all weather conditions—with dual motor all-wheel drive, ludicrous acceleration and the highest safety rating of any car ever tested. The engine is powered by 100 kWh battery and provides acceleration from 0-100 Km/h in 2.5 seconds with max-range of 315 miles.

This engine powers the Tesla Model SModel X, and Model 3 and was designed for speed and endurance — with the chassis offering incredible aerodynamics and performance.

7. Porsche 3-litre six-cylinder turbo

Porsche rear-engine 3-liter six-cylinder turbo engine provides an exceptional performance with a maximum torque of 450 Nm @ 6,500 rpm enabling Porsche 911 Carrera to accelerate from 0-60mph in just 4.4 seconds, with a top speed of 293 km/h.

The engines of the S-models with larger turbochargers and separate exhaust system results in an even more impressive drive and lets Porsche 911 Carrera S sprints to 60mph in just 3.9 seconds with a max speed of 306 km/h – providing a huge power of acceleration at low speeds, great controllability of performance and stunningly low consumption.

Porsche 911 Carrera, 911 Carrera 4, 911 Carrera S, 911 Carrera 4S, Carrera GTS, Carrera 4 GTS are all powered by Porsche 3-litre six-cylinder turbo.

6. BMW M 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8

The heart of every BMW M5 is the 4.4-liter V8 engine that utilizes TwinPower Turbo technology to deliver a breathtaking output of 600hp in the 5,700 – 6,600 rpm range.

Newly-developed twin-scroll turbochargers allow for shorter injection times and improved fuel atomization for sharper engine response –  thus providing an impressive 553 lb-ft of torque, achieving 0-100 km/h in 3.2 seconds.

5. Audi 5.2-litre V10 FSI

The Audi naturally-aspirated 5.2-liter V10 FSI engine produces 532 hp and 398 lb-ft of torque. Taking it up a notch, the R8 V10 plus cranks out 602 hp and 413 lb-ft of torque, with a top speed of 320 km/h and shares many performance similarities with the Audi R8 GT3 LMS (race car).

The Audi 5.2-litre V10 epitomizes the mid-engine drivetrain concept, providing ideal vehicle balance through its center of gravity and dynamic weight transfer characteristics – resulting in less weight and optimal rear-wheel-drive handling.

This engine powers the Audi R8 and Lamborghini Huracan.

4. Mercedes-AMG 4-litre bi-turbo V8

With an unsurpassed motorsports pedigree behind it, the handcrafted Mercedes-AMG 4.0L V8s unleash a torque-rich growl. Twin turbos provide a massive boost to each “V” shape direct Injected cylinder, to thrust the 469-hp AMG GT to 100 km/h in 3.9 seconds, the 515-hp AMG GT S in 3.7, and the 550-hp GT C in 3.6.

This engine is developed for AMG’s racecars and is designed for raising endurance and power. It powers the Mercedes-AMG GT, GT S, GT C, GT R, Maybach S, Aston Martin Vantage, and DB11.

3. Ferrari 6.5-litre V12

Ferrari 6.5-litre V12 is a totally new 12-cylinder engine, design with a goal of exceeding the specific power output of the F12berlinetta’s V12.

Ferrari designers optimize the V12 engine intake system and combustion efficiency to fully exploit the increase in the engine’s displacement from 6.2 to 6.5 liters. These aspects increased the maximum amount of air that could be drawn into the engine thereby boosting its efficiency.

The Ferrari 6.5-litre V12 powers the Ferrari 812 Superfast and provides a maximum torque of 718 Nm @ 7,000 rpm, 0-100 Km/h in 2.9 seconds, with a top speed of 340 Km/h.

2. Porsche 4-litre Flat-6 boxer

The Porsche 4-litre Flat-6 boxer is a robust and powerful engine, that draws a maximum power output of 368 kW (500 hp), enabling the Porsche 911 GT3 to sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in just 3.4 seconds and a top speed of 318 km/h.

This engine has a rich history and a successful racing career powering GT3’s to won numerous championship and endurance races in the world, including the GT class of the American Le Mans Series – seven times, first overall in the 24 Hours of Daytona, and first overall at the 24 Hours Nürburgring – six times.

The Porsche 4-litre Flat-6 boxer powers the 911 GT3, and the legendary 911 R.

1. Ferrari 3.9-litre bi-turbo V8

The Ferrari 3902cc bi-turbo V8 is the prancing horse most high-performance engine ever with zero turbo lag and a unique – design to achieve maximum performance efficiency across the board.

It delivers a maximum torque of 760 Nm (in seventh-gear) at 8,000 rpm, with a throttle response time of just 0.8 seconds at 2000 rpm in third gear, enabling the 488 GTB sprints from 0-100 km/h in 3 seconds flat and from 0-200 km/h in just 8.3.

This engine powers the Ferrari 488 GTB, 488 Spider, 488 Pista.