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Here are 10 iconic engines every petrolhead needs to know about.

Take a look at the top ten most iconic engines:

  1. Nissan SR20DET – Best known in the JDM scene for being one of the most reliable and tunable engines of all time, sound in Nissan S chassis.

  2. Mazda Rotary – Like most other engines, a rotary engine also completes an engine cycle in four strokes, however, they work in a completely different and piston-less way. The engines idle very smoothly, however, they have a reputation of being unreliable and consume high amounts of fuel and oil.

  3. Toyota 2JZ – Arguably the most popular JDM engine of all time, the 2JZ, was found in the Toyota Supra MKIV. The 2JZ is a 3.0 L inline-six that has the potential of being tuned to the max, handling insane amounts of power.

  4. Subaru Boxer – What makes a boxer engine so popular is how the pistons work opposite to each other, which eliminates vibrations, giving a smooth ride. And, thanks to its design, these engines aid in giving the car a very low centre of gravity.

  5. Volvo Modular – Volvo's legendary modular inline-five wasn't necessarily a compact design, and filled the engine bay up to the max, but it was known for making serious power at a rather low displacement. Ford threw this engine into the Focus MK 2 RS.

  6. S85 BMW V10 – This high revving V10 shares technology from when BMW was involved in F1. Even today, it still remains one of the best engines ever made by BMW, and was found in the E60 and E61 M5 as well as in the E63 and E64 M6.

  7. Alfa Romeo V6 – Alfa's 2.5 L V6 24V, nicknamed the Busso, was first featured in the GTV6. It was a popular choice for engine-swap projects, reliable and one of the best sounding engines of all time.

  8. Honda F20C – Yet another JDM classic, this engine is found in the S2000 and was built with racing in mind.

  9. Nissan RB26DETT – Although this engine was only used in one model of car ever, it happened to be the iconic R34 GTR. Like the car, this engine goes down in history as one of the best ever made, not to mention its crazy tuning potential.

  10. LS V8 – Replacing the small-block, the LS V8s by GM is the perfect solution for those wanting to make huge horsepower in pretty much any car with a big enough engine bay to fit it!

Take a look at the video below by YouTube channel, Car Throttle, on the 10 most iconic engines every petrolhead needs to know.

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