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The world’s greatest car engines

Autocar Logo By Dan Prosser of Autocar | Slide 1 of 31: Was it all just bluster and provocation? Perhaps, but there’s no doubt the Old Man considered a sports car’s engine to be its very heart. As Enzo knew all along, a really great motor is as good a reason to buy a car as any other.That’s as true now as it ever was. In this feature we’ll highlight 14 cars that are powered by engines so spectacular, or unusual, or downright incongruous that you’ll need no other reason to want to buy one. Most of the 14 cars we’ve chosen are very affordable, too. Whether you favour eight cylinders or 12, natural aspiration or turbocharging, high rpm screamers or low-end torque monsters, here’s how to bag yourself a car with a truly great engine:PICTURED: V8 engine from a Ferrari F355 

Legend has it that Enzo Ferrari once said some variation of ‘when you buy a Ferrari, you are paying for the engine. The rest you get for free.’

Was it all just bluster and provocation? Perhaps, but there’s no doubt the Old Man considered a sports car’s engine to be its very heart. As Enzo knew all along, a really great motor is as good a reason to buy a car as any other.

That’s as true now as it ever was. In this feature we’ll highlight 14 cars that are powered by engines so spectacular, or unusual, or downright incongruous that you’ll need no other reason to want to buy one. Most of the 14 cars we’ve chosen are very affordable, too. Whether you favour eight cylinders or 12, natural aspiration or turbocharging, high rpm screamers or low-end torque monsters, here’s how to bag yourself a car with a truly great engine:

PICTURED: V8 engine from a Ferrari F355 

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