The world of the modern engine has changed dramatically over the last few years. The push to become more environmentally friendly (as well as an increasing fuel price) has seen a lot of the old-school motors pulled from production. The first was the V12, an engine that has essentially been banned throughout most of the world.
But it’s extended further to the beloved naturally aspirated V8. More and more we’ve seen V8s hit the market with turbochargers and supercharges, but the true aspirated V8 is just about at an end. It’s not all bad, however, as there are still some performance cars on the market that come with an N/A V8 – all of which are part of a dying breed that need to be celebrated before the price of fuel kills the V8 forever and we’re all left spending our time playing bingo for money hoping for a big win to buy a tank!
The Camaro SS shares its V8 with the Corvette, and it’s been enough to elevate the Camaro from its previous reputation as a cheap pony car to a true super car. Hopefully with technology like cylinder deactivation, the SS will stick around for a few years at least.
Although it retains the same engine as the Camaro SS, a lighter chassis and frame puts the Corvette in a class of its own. It also has a lead over its European rivals, all of which have turned to turbochargers to maintain their throttle responses, but the LT1 remains as is..
The four-seater Charger is similar to its older brother, the Challenger, and comes with the same choices of engines. This means you can get a Charger with a 5.7l, 370 horsepower naturally aspirated V8 that powers the rear wheels, making it an affordable runner compared to its counterparts.
Despite the fact that the GranTurismo was released 10 years ago, its V8 is still one of the best in the business. It’s not quite as powerful as what you’d find in the same range as the BMW M or Mercedes-AMG ranges, but it’s also one of the few cars that sport a truly musical V8.
The current Mustang that Ford offers comes with two engine options. The first is in the form of the 5.0-litre V8 in the GT, and the second is a 5.3-litre in the GT350. While the GT is no slowpoke, the GT350 packs 526 horsepower, revs to 8250 rpm, and is one of the most powerful-sounding engines available on the market. There are few other V8s on the market that quite compare to what sits under the Mustang’s hood.
The Grand Cherokee isn’t exactly designed to be a performance car, but they threw a 6.3-litre SRT V8 in there anyway. The 475 horsepower it produces is perfect to allow the car to scale just about any terrain, and while it doesn’t quite have the same growl, it’s enough to sate any motorhead’s V8 desires.