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Beating Hearts: The 10 Greatest Engines You Can Buy Today

The all-important question among gearheads has always been, “What’s it got?” If the answer is one of the 10 engines listed here, it’s got a lot. The best engines available today, these automotive powerplants offer a winning combination of performance and personality, and they span a wide variety of configurations, with three, four, six, eight, or even twelve cylinders. You’ll notice, however, that we steered clear of the gasoline-versus-diesel debate by concentrating exclusively on gas-burners. We’re big fans of diesels, too, but that’s a discussion for another day. Without further ado and presented in no particular order, here are our 10 favorite current production engines.Dodge Supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 | Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat, Dodge Charger SRT HellcatDodge Supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 | Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat, Dodge Charger SRT HellcatFord Turbocharged 1.0-liter Inline-3 | Ford Fiesta, Ford FocusFord Turbocharged 1.0-liter Inline-3 | Ford Fiesta, Ford FocusVW/Audi Turbocharged 2.0-liter Inline-4 | Too Many Vehicles to ListVW/Audi Turbocharged 2.0-liter Inline-4 | Too Many Vehicles to ListFerrari Twin-Turbocharged 3.9-liter V-8 | Ferrari 488GTB, Ferrari California TFerrari Twin-Turbocharged 3.9-liter V-8 | Ferrari 488GTB, Ferrari California TLamborghini 6.5-liter V-12 | Lamborghini AventadorLamborghini 6.5-liter V-12 | Lamborghini AventadorMercedes-Benz Turbocharged 2.0-liter Inline-4 | Mercedes-Benz CLA45 AMG, Mercedes-Benz GLA45 AMG2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA45 AMGBMW Twin-Turbocharged 3.0-liter Inline-6 | BMW M3, BMW M4BMW Twin-Turbocharged 3.0-liter Inline-6 | BMW M3, BMW M4Porsche 3.8-/4.0-liter Flat-Six | Porsche 911 GT3, Porsche 911 GT3 RSPorsche 3.8-/4.0-liter Flat-Six | Porsche 911 GT3, Porsche 911 GT3 RSGeneral Motors Supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 | Cadillac CTS-V, Chevrolet Corvette Z06The engine’s overall dimensions are barely larger than those of the non-supercharged Chevy V-8—the blower adds less than one inch to the overall height of the regular small-block—and weight is up by just 75 pounds. A technical tour-de-force, the LT4 not only powers the Z06 coup
e to 60 mph in 3.0 seconds (the convertible can do 3.1), but it also can now be found under the hood of the 2016 Cadillac CTS-V. While it makes slightly less power in the Caddy, the blown V-8 nonetheless is capable of punting the big sedan to a claimed 200-plus-mph top speed. —Alexander StoklosaMercedes-Benz Twin-Turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8 |Mercedes-AMG C63, Mercedes-AMG GT SMercedes-Benz Twin-Turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8 |Mercedes-AMG C63, Mercedes-AMG GT S

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