Big V12s and V8 engines have always been the engine of choice for supercars. But in recent years with the advancement of technology, manufacturers have been downsizing their engines. Smaller engines like the V6 are now more efficient than ever and are able to produce just as much power as larger engines.
The V6 was seen as an engine meant for entry-level sports cars but that has changed with hybrid and turbo technology. V6 powered cars can now be able to make as much power as V8 and V12 cars.
Modern supercars are now ditching big V8 and V12 engines in favor of the V6 as they can make just as much power. Here as 12 supercars that have 6 cylinder engines.
1. Jaguar XJ220
The Jaguar XJ220 concept car was unveiled in 1988 at the British international auto show. It was meant to have a V12 engine and a four-wheel-drive system. Almost 1,500 deposits were taken for the car but by the time it came out in 1992 some changes had been made. Instead of the V12 all-wheel-drive platform, it had a twin-turbocharged V6 and was rear-wheel drive. The XJ 220 was aiming at a top speed of 220 mph but only managed to hit 212.3 mph which was faster than any production car at the time. The Jaguar XJ220 produced 542 horsepower and had a 5-speed manual transmission.
2. Porsche 959
At the time the Porsche 959 was produced the term supercar wasn’t being used to describe cars. But at the time of production, it was the world’s fastest street-legal production car. It had a 2.8 l twin-turbo flat-six producing 450 horsepower with a top speed of 197 mph with some variants achieving 211 mph. A factory or upgrade was also available which raised the power to 523HP. It was equipped with a six-speed manual transmission sending power to all four wheels and could hit 60 mph in 3.7 seconds.
3. Porsche 911 GT1
The Porsche 911 GT1 was designed to compete in the GT1 class of racing as well as Le Mans. In order for the car to be eligible for racing 25 road cars had to be built. The road cars got a detuned version of the mid-engine 3.2-liter twin-turbo flat-six making 536 horsepower. The car had a six-speed sequential driving the rear wheels. It does 0 to 60 in 3.9 seconds 110 speed of 191 mph, approximately only 20 units were built.
4. Porsche 911 GT2 RS
The GT2 RS is the most powerful track-focused version of the 911. It has the most powerful version of purchase 3.8-liter twin-turbo flat-six making 700 horsepower. The GT2 RS makes use of Porsches quick-shifting seven-speed PDK with more aerodynamics. It lapped the Nurburgring in 6:47.3 seconds which was the lap record in 2017.
5. Nissan GTR Nismo
The Nissan GTR has always been known to have a V6 engine from the very beginning. The R35 Nissan GT-R Nismo is the most powerful version of the GTR with a 3.8 liter twin-turbo V6 producing 600 horsepower. The only available transmission for the R35 is the 6-speed dual-clutch transmission with an all-wheel-drive system.
6. Acura NSX
The first-generation Acura NSX had a V6, the second generation also has a V6 but is not a hybrid. When the announcement was made in 2007 accuracy the car would have a V10 engine and would come to the market in 2010. The car was delayed for many years before it was finally unveiled in 2016 with a V6 engine. The 3.5 twin-turbo V6 engine paired with its two electric motors makes 597 horsepower. The car does 0 to 60 in 2.7 seconds with its all-wheel-drive system and has a top speed of 191 mph.
7. Mclaren Artura
The McLaren Artura is the latest supercar to be announced by McLaren but instead of the famous twin-turbo V8, it now has a new V6. The Twin-turbo V6 produces 577 horsepower paired with an electric motor to produce 671 total horsepower. This is the first mass-production hybrid supercar by the brand. The car can hit 60 mph in 2.9 seconds and has a top speed of 205 mph, it also has an electric range of 19 miles.
8. Ford GT
The first-generation Ford GT had had a 5.4 liter supercharged V8, the original GT40 also had a V8. The current generation GT has a mid-engine 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged Ecoboost V6 making 650 horsepower. This engine shares many components found inside the F150 pickup truck. The supercar can hit 60 in 3 seconds flat and has a claim top speed of 216 mph.
9. Ferrari 296 GTB
The 296 GTB is the latest supercar offering from Ferrari. Every modern mid-engine Ferrari has mainly had a V8 engine. The new car has a 2.9 liter twin-turbocharged V6 producing 663 horsepower with two electric motors producing a combined power of 830 horsepower. It has an 8-speed dual-clutch transmission and sends every bit of its power to the rear wheels.
10. Mercedes AMG ONE
The Mercedes-AMG one seems to be the only hypercar available with a V6, but this is no ordinary V6. The engine is a derivation of the 1.6-liter turbo V6 found in the 2016 AMG formula 1. The engine produces 759 horsepower and has four electric motors combined to make a total power output between 1050 and 1250 horsepower. It has an 8-speed single-clutch transmission and an electrically assisted all-wheel-drive system.
With hybrid and turbo technology at its best more supercars will use smaller more efficient engines to make more power. The days of high revving, big displacement naturally aspirated cars are almost over. With electrification, we may soon see combustion engines gone completely.