Fi­nal Nine

9 purty pow­er­plants that’ll have you rush­ing for the bon­net latches

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En­gine bays that can dou­ble as art in­stal­la­tions

1 DODGE VIPER

The Viper’s 8.4-litre V10 might be an ar­chaic brute, but it’s still a thing worth mar­vel­ling at. The space­frame it’s cra­dled in and clam-shell hood makes peek­ing at it from any an­gle eas­ier, too. Such a view will be missed when the Viper ends this year.

2 BENT­LEY MULSANNE

Trac­ing its roots to the ’57 Bent­ley S2, the Mulsanne’s 6.75-litre’s V8 now uses vari­able cam tim­ing and se­ri­ous tur­bos. Bent­ley uses air-to-wa­ter in­ter­cool­ers to frame its al­lur­ing in­take man­i­fold and giv­ing us one gor­geous bay.

3 LAMBO AVEN­TA­DOR

The Aven­ta­dor’s 6.5-litre V12 broods, and not only with 515kW/690Nm. That cross­brace makes it look like a caged lu­natic, while those Oh­lins dampers are an F1 touch. The en­gine’s off­set is a bit weird, but ac­tu­ally counter bal­ances the prop­shaft.

4 F12 BERLINETTA

Cram­ming 12 cylin­ders with enough air to make 545kW at 8250rpm re­quires man­i­folds. Big ones. The F12’s 6.3-litre show­cases them in sig­na­ture crin­kle red, fed by a car­bon fi­bre in­take sys­tem that makes the XR6 Sprint’s look puny.

5 PAGANI HUAYRA

Eas­ily ogled once the Huayra’s rear clamshell’s lifted, the twin-turbo V12’s gold heatsinks first catch your eyes. But it’s the car­bon fi­bre, sus­pen­sion work, and ti­ta­nium ex­haust around the en­gine that make this bay wor­thy of dis­play in an art mu­seum.

6 AM V12 VANTAGE S

Fit­ting a 6.0-litre V12 any­where would be dif­fi­cult. So it’s no won­der As­ton Martin’s AM28 al­most spills out of the Vantage’s tight en­gine room. It looks men­ac­ing, though, and should with 421kW and 620Nm push­ing only 1668kg.

7 AUDI RS3

En­joy the RS3’s turbo 2.5-litre in­line five while you can. It’s not go­ing any­where, but the next-gen en­gine cov­ers the gleam­ing red cylin­der heads. The switch to a dual in­jec­tion sys­tem added hard­ware Audi deemed too ugly for your eyes.

8 CAYENNE TURBO S

Porsche didn’t shy away from show­cas­ing its thun­der­ous 4.8-litre twin-turbo V8 in the top-shelf Cayenne. The en­gine’s thinly veiled in­take man­i­fold and cylin­der heads will be re­mem­bered when a new, cov­ered up, hot-vee 4.0-litre V8 re­places it.

9 NIS­SAN GT-R NISMO

What the GT-R lacks in cylin­ders it makes up for in pre­sen­ta­tion. From the beau­ti­ful crank­case, in­take run­ners, and charge-air pipes, it’s all on show. The Nismo vari­ant’s com­pos­ite car­bon-fi­bre ra­di­a­tor sup­port adds a cool touch over a reg­u­lar GT-R.

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