4 Engines That Will Leave You Speechless

Automotive engineers continue to push the envelope when it comes to speed and power. Car and truck engines are consistently pumping out greater power with less fuel and redesigned engine blocks that rip the open road. So let’s take a look at four engines hitting the streets today that will leave you absolutely speechless.

2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE63

The 2016 S Coupe has something truly remarkable under the hood. The 5.5 Liter, AMG Biturbo V8 is a lot of engine for a sporty, little crossover SUV. It puts out 577 horsepower and 561 lb. ft. of torque. There aren’t many crossover SUVs on the market that can compete with that much get-up-and-go. The Biturbo V8 is well-managed by a 7-speed Speedshift AMG transmission that helps it get from zero to 60 in just 4.2 seconds. It’s a customizer’s dream.

2016 Dodge RAM 2500

From speed we go to raw power with the 2016 Dodge RAM 2500 and its 6.4 Liter HEMI V8. The HEMI V8 in the 2500 has best-in-class horsepower and all the torque you need to tow and haul with the big boys. Surprisingly, it’s not a gas-guzzler either. It’s got fuel saver technology that shuts down cylinders for downhill driving and long bursts at cruising speed. It’s really a throwback to old Mopar engines that used to do the same. It’s built to be durable, with stainless steel fasteners, exhaust gaskets and sodium-filled exhaust valves.

BMW M3 and M4

Next, let’s take a closer look at one of Car and Driver’s 10 greatest engines on the market today. It’s the 3.0 Liter inline-6 that’s currently featured on the BMW M3 and M4. It’s a specially-designed twin turbo that boasts 425 horsepower and 406 lb. ft. of torque. It has a forged-steel crankshaft and a closed-deck construction. The oil pan is made of magnesium and the cylinder bore surfaces are constructed from iron plasma. With the available laptimer app you can analyze your own driving speed like the racers do. With a Power Test Inc. dynamometer, you can figure out if you really are getting 143 horses per liter, as advertised.

2016 Ford Explorer Sport

Last but not least, the 2016 Ford Explorer Sport has a fast and fuel-efficient engine underneath it’s hood, as well. This new offering from Ford is a 3.5 Liter EcoBoost V6 with all-wheel drive and twin turbo. The direct injection, variable valve timing design gives you V8 power on less gas. Its no wonder that Edmunds.com gave it a 4 Star rating.

These aren’t supercars; they’re vehicles the average driver can afford. Yet, the engines that power them are well-designed and fuel-efficient. There are less naturally-aspirated engines on the market though as the reign of turbo continues to rise. Yet, there’s still something out there for everyone.

Anica Oaks

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