5 most powerful Italian V8 engines (vs. 5 American engines)

Some of the most iconic sports cars of all time had a powerful V8 engine as their vibrant hearts. While the V8 engine has also been pivotal to the American muscle market, it has also been abroad, particularly in Italy, where brands like Ferrari, Lamborghini and Maserati have used it to create the most dreamy and fantastic cars in automotive history.
When it came to the largest and fastest V8 engine ever built on American soil, it was Dodge, Chrysler, and Ford who dominated the tough car game. On the other hand, we see the Ferrari name the most, having come out with the biggest V8s in the Italian supercar game. In that context, take a look at 5 of the fastest American and Italian V8s ever.

10 Italian: Ferrari 3.9L F154 Twin-Turbo V8 (710 HP)

An engine that won Engine of the Year four years in a row is not an engine to be tampered with. The Ferrari 488 GTB was upgraded to the 488 Pista, and its last evolutionary variant was the F8 Tributo.

The F8 Tributo is considered by many to be the greatest sports car in the world. Part of Ferrari’s popular F154 series of engines, the beating heart of the F8 Tributo was the 3.9L F154 twin-turbo, which produced 710 hp, giving the car in under 3 seconds from 0 to 60 mph.

9 Italian: Ferrari 4.5L F136 V8 (605 HP)

For many purists, the Ferrari’s 4.5L F136 V8 unit was the height of the high-rpm excitement. Often referred to as the Ferrari-Maserati engine, the F136 powered the Ferrari 458 Speciale and, over the course of its life, also found its way into the Alfa Romeo 8C.

Undoubtedly, the most powerful engine performance was with the 458 Speciale and Ferrari Aperta, producing 597 hp at supersonic 9,000 rpm, and capable of reaching speeds of 203 mph. Even more impressive, its power output made it the most powerful naturally aspirated engine ever launched into mass production.
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8 Italian: Ferrari 4.0L F154CD twin-turbo V8 (986 HP)

The Ferrari SF90 Stradale is one of the latest cars by the Italian brand. While it outwardly bears some similarities to the Tributo, what lies beneath the Stradale is something completely different. Ferrari’s 4.0-liter F154 CD V8 twin-turbocharged engine is located under the bonnet of the SF90 Stradale.

This monster’s engine puts out 986 horsepower along with 590 pound-feet of torque. With two electric motors, this hybrid is one of the most powerful V8s ever produced by Maranello. This engine’s best feature by far is the “wall effect” strategy, which maximizes power across the rev range and cuts power only at the 8000rpm redline.

7 Italian: Lamborghini 4.0L FSI twin-turbo V8 (641 HP)

Lamborghini is known for the work it does with its V12 engines. However, Raging Bull is not completely lost when it comes to producing a beautiful and extremely powerful V8 engine, which they demonstrated with the birth of the Lamborghini Urus.

Powered by a 4.0-liter FSI twin-turbo V8, the Urus produces 641 horsepower and is capable of hitting the 60 mph mark in 3.6 seconds, with all its 5,000 pound-feet. The Urus is also the only car to use a Lamborghini V8 engine in the 21st century.
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6 Italian: Ferrari 2.9L F106 V8 (471 hp)

The Ferrari F106 V8 was first used in 1973, and was the basis for every mid-engined Ferrari until 360-degree production, ending production in 2005. The engine found its way into the 308, F355, and even the F40 in twin-turbo form. The F106 V8 has evolved over the years in the hands of super capable Maranello workers, producing 400 hp in its unpowered form, and 477 hp when equipped with twin turbines.

The F106 V8 was in the Ferrari F40, which in itself is one of the most iconic sports cars of all time. Surely anyone from the ’80s who worked in cars would have had an F40 sticker in their room, and under its pretty iconic hood was the F106 power unit.

5 American: HEMI 6.2L Supercharged HEMI V8 (840 hp)

A boosted version of the engine used in the Dodge Challenger, the 6.2-liter HEMI supercharged engine is a cool beast that calls the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat its home. It’s a very powerful unit, producing 717 hp and, most impressively, the engine maxes out 840 hp when running on high-octane racing fuel.

With a supercharged 2.7L, it’s the most powerful muscle car ever produced, pushing the Demon from 0 to 60 mph in just 2.1 seconds, and it only takes 6.7 seconds to reach 100 mph.
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4 American: Ford Predator 5.2L V8 (760 HP)

Ford has used a 5.2-liter Predator eight-cylinder engine since 2019. The blue oval was based on its current Coyote engine, but instead fitted it with a crossover winch and a supercharger, boosting the engine’s power to a whopping 760 horsepower.

It’s the esteemed and coveted Shelby GT500 Mustang that uses this Predator V8 unit, which is the most powerful turbocharged engine ever in a production Ford and takes the GT 500 from 0 to 60 mph in 3.4 seconds.

3 American: Chevrolet Supercharged LT5 V8 (760 hp)

The 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 hit the market with its LT5 Supercharged engine. With a whopping 760 horsepower, the LT5 engine was more energy efficient than the outgoing LT4. Chevrolet explained how the LT5 was the most powerful engine ever introduced in a production Chevy car.

He made the Corvette extremely capable, pushing it to the 60 mph mark from zero in under 3 seconds, propelling the speedometer to 100 in just six seconds. Thus, the LT5 Chevy’s engine powers one of the world’s fastest rear-wheel drive cars.
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2 American: SSC Tuatara twin-turbo 5.9-liter V8 (1,750 hp)

How could the engine behind the world’s fastest production car not be on this list? The SSC Tuatara, the brainchild of SSC North America, has a 5.9-liter V8 engine underneath and is capable of reaching an estimated 316 mph. SSC, formerly known as Shelby SuperCars, teamed up with car designer Jason Castriota to make the Tuatara, which was successful on the Ultimate Aero model.

Interestingly, the Ultimate Aero itself was also the fastest production car in the world when it was introduced in 2006, having been officially timed at 254 mph. The Tuatara’s 5.9-liter V8 produces 1,750 horsepower with 984 pound-feet of torque, making the supercar capable of going from 0 to 60 mph in just 2.5 seconds.

1 American: Chevrolet ZZ632 / 1000 performance (1004 hp)

As General Motors gears toward a shift toward electric power, it unveiled its largest V8 engine so far last year. The Chevy ZZ632/1000 box engine is a massive 10.0-liter unit, which produces 1,004 horsepower and 876 lb-ft of torque, even without any supercharging!

However, this engine was designed specifically for drag racing machines, and was not intended for street use. Built with a redline of 7000 rpm, Chevrolet subjected this giant V8 engine to 200 simulated revolutions during research and development and reported no development issues.


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