Do You Know Which Engines Are Under the Hoods of These Awesome Cars?


By: Steven Symes

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Who knows what lurks under the hoods of various cars? Maybe you do? Are you constantly reciting to friends what different cars have?

Can you hear a car go by on the street and know just from the sound what's under the hood?

For most people, the contents of a car's engine bay can be a bit of a mystery. After all, they go more off how a vehicle looks and sounds, thinking those give a good indication of what's under the hood. But, automakers have used those elements to fool shoppers, resulting in cars enthusiasts think are nothing short of jokes.

Making things more complicated is the fact that some cars have been offered with multiple engines, so you need to know about the various options to have complete command of the vehicle specs. Those engines sometimes have the same displacement and configuration, but through simple tuning or the addition of something like forced induction, the power output increases dramatically. In other words, things can get complex and difficult to navigate in a hurry, if you're not a real car nut.

Now is the time to really test our your knowledge. Take the test and see what you really know right now!&

What's under the hood of the 2018 Ford Mustang GT?

Lurking under the hood of this pony is the legendary Coyote V8. It's tuned to churn out 460 horsepower and 420 lb.-ft. of torque, making this version of the Mustang quite potent.


What does the 2018 Audi S5 have?

According to Audi, the 2018 S5 has a turbocharged 3.0L V6, which pushes 354 horsepower and 369 lb.-ft. of torque, pretty impressive figures. With that setup, it can do 0-60 in just 4.4 seconds, while the top speed is limited at 155 mph.


What engine does the 2018 Ford Focus RS have?

You could say Ford engineers lost their minds when they decided to drop this engine in a Focus. It makes 350 horsepower and 350 lb.-ft. of of torque, putting the Focus RS in an elite class of vehicles.


What was the top engine that powered the legendary 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona?

Dodge offered this car, which featured a huge wing and aerodynamic nose cone, with a few engines. The most powerful and sought-after is the 426 Hemi V8, which produced a thunderous 425 horsepower and 490 lb.-ft. of torque.


What is sitting behind the driver in the Pagani Huayra?

As is the case with other hypercars, the engine in this Pagani isn't under the hood. Still, the Mercedes-AMG M158 twin-turbo V12 produces an impressive 700 horsepower and 737 lb.-ft. of torque.


What engine do all 2018 Volvo S90s use?

While it may be small, the 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine can be tuned for quite a bit of power. The base version is turbocharged and puts out 250 horsepower, while the middle offering is turbo and supercharged, producing 316 horsepower. Volvo also offers a hybrid super and turbo version, which puts out 400 horsepower.


What engine do you find under the hood of the 2018 Infiniti Q60 Red Sport 400?

Being the most performance-oriented version of the car, you shouldn't be surprised to know the engine produces a whopping 400 horsepower and 350 lb.-ft. of torque, making it a blast to drive.


Under the hood of the Jeep Trackhawk what do you find?

Jeep did what everyone fantasized about and dropped the supercharged 6.2L Hemi V8, or the Hellcat, into the Grand Cherokee. The Trackhawk boasts better acceleration than the two Dodge Hellcat models, thanks to superior traction.


What engine did the 1997 Acura NSX use?

For the 1997 model year, Acura decided to roll out a new engine, which pushed performance to 290 horsepower. Some felt like that wasn't enough of a power bump, but Acura resisted the urge to add forced induction to the car.


What was the only type of engine offered for the AMC Javelin AMX?

While AMC offered a whole range of engines for the Javelin lineup, the AMXs could only be had with a V8. The options varied only in displacement: 304, 360 or 401.


What's lurking under the hood of the new Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross?

Enthusiasts were excited to hear that the Eclipse name was being used by Mitsubishi again, until they saw that the Eclipse Cross is an SUV. Even more insulting, the engine only puts out 152 horsepower, meaning it's anything but a performance machine.


What kind of engine does the Fiat 500 Abarth use?

Considering the Fiat 500 isn't a big car, the fact this engine kicks out 160 horsepower and 170 lb.-ft. of torque means you can have plenty of fun behind the wheel.


What do you find under the hood of the Nissan GT-R?

If you don't opt for the NISMO model, the Nissant GT-R's engine produces a healthy 565 horsepower and 467 lb.-ft. of torque. Upgrading to the NISMO means special tuning for the engine, pushing it to 600 horsepower and 481 lb.-ft. of torque.


What does the Chevrolet Corvette ZO6 use?

According to Chevrolet, the ZO6 can do 0 to 60 in just 2.95 seconds. That's thanks in part to the 650 horsepower and 650 lb.-ft. of torque this engine puts on tap.


What sits under the hood of the Alpina B7?

Alpina doesn't mess around when it pushes a Bimmer higher, and the B7 is no exception. It coaxes 600 horsepower from the engine, making this luxury sedan more than just a pretty face.


What engine does the base version of the 2018 Jeep JK use?

While the JK or third-generation Wrangler has used a few different engines, the final base offering used the tried-and-true 3.6L Pentastar V6, an engine Chrysler has been perfecting for quite some time.


What engine is used in the 2018 Mercedes-AMG C 63?

Because AMG doesn't do anything halfway, the C 63 boasts a mighty 469 horsepower for peak output. That's enough for a 0 to 60 dash in a flat 4 seconds, which is quite impressive.


What engine does the 2018 Ford Taurus SHO use?

The Taurus SHO has a big reputation to live up to, and fans have mixed emotions about how the 3.5L EcoBoost helps. The peak 365 horsepower and 350 lb.-ft. of torque should be a sufficient asset.


What engine did the Porsche 959 use?

When the Porsche 959 debuted in the 1980s it was a technological wonder. Among the amazing engineering innovations was the twin-turbo flat-6 engine, which produced 444 horsepower and 369 lb.-ft. of torque, an amazing amount for such a small engine.


What engine did the first generation of the Hudson Hornet use?

When the Hornet debuted, Hudson claimed it had the largest-displacement six-cylinder engine in the world. Thanks to the two-barrel carb and other details, that engine produced a healthy 145 horsepower.


What engine does Koenigsegg use for the Agera R?

The Agera R was an impressive hypercar for its time, pushing the boundaries in a way that really got Koenigsegg noticed. That engine produced a peak 1,140 horsepower, enabling the car to do 0-62 in 2.8 seconds.


What kind of engine did the Mazda RX-8 use?

As you might know, Mazda has a love affair with rotary technology unlike any other automaker. In its most potent version, this engine pushed out 232 horsepower, with many fans wishing Mazda would turbocharge it for better power.


What engine will you find in the 2018 Mini Countryman JCW All4?

As the ultimate performance version of Mini's four-door model, this vehicle features a TwinPower Turbo 2.0L I4 sourced from BMW. It produces 228 horsepower and 258 lb.-ft. of torque for an overall thrilling ride.


What is the largest engine available for the 2018 Renault Twingo?

The Twingo is most definitely a city car made to conserve fuel more than anything else. Interestingly enough, that 999 cc engine isn't the most powerful, since it only puts out 71 horsepower, versus 90 horsepower from the 898 cc option.


What engine powers the Lotus Exige Cup 430?

Lotus turned to an Edelbrock supercharger and charger cooler to help it squeeze 430 horsepower and 325 lb.-ft. of torque from the engine. As a result, the car can do 0-60 in 3.2 seconds.


What engine will you find under the hood of the Alfa Romeo Giulia?

The base version of the Giulia offers up plenty of fun times, thanks to the lively engine. The Italians tuned it for 280 horsepower and 306 lb.-ft. of torque and a 0-60 time of 5.1 seconds.


What engine was used in the Ferrari Testarossa?

While people today make fun of the mere 380 horsepower made by such a large engine, the Testarossa was impressive for its time. A growing number of collectors are realizing the value of this Ferrari, causing prices to climb.


What engine did Ford throw in the rear of the new GT supercar?

While at first glance you might think Ford used the same 3.5L EcoBoost you can get in other models, the reality is it didn't. This one has been tuned for a monstrous 647 horsepower, making the GT incredibly quick.


What engine has Chevrolet announced is in the 2019 Corvette ZR1?

For the latest version of its super-Corvette, Chevrolet engineers pushed this engine to a lofty 755 horsepower and 715 lb.-ft. of torque, making for a compelling offering.


What engine do you find under the hood of the 2018 Civic Type R?

One look at the Civic Type R and anyone knows the car means business. To back up that appearance, Honda coaxed 306 horsepower from the four-banger, along with 295 lb.-ft. of torque.


What kind of engine did the 2012 Nissan Sentra SE-R Spec V use?

For the final year of production, Nissan used an underwhelming engine for its hot version of the Sentra. it produced a mere 200 horsepower, which might have been impressive in the 90s, but didn't turn many heads in 2012.


What engine does the Maserati Ghibli use?

Maserati wanted to ensure the Ghibli would live up to the brand's performance reputation, so it tuned this engine to produce 345 horsepower in base form, and 424 horsepower if you opt for the hotter version.


What do you find under the hood of the top-of-the-line 2018 Genesis G80?

To ensure its flagship sedan is impressive enough, Genesis offered this engine with 420 horsepower on tap. Of course, you can get the car with a 3.8L V6 or twin-turbo 3.3L V6 for less money.


What engine did the Chevy SS Sedan use?

While technically a Holden, the SS Sedan had a sleeper look and a wicked engine under the hood. It pushed a peak 415 horsepower, making this car surprisingly quick.


What engine is under the hood of the 2018 VW Beetle?

Volkswagen decided to go all-turbo for the Beetle, but it didn't pursue anything crazy. After all, the engine only puts out 174 horsepower and 184 lb.-ft. of torque, so nobody will mistake it for a sports car.


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