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Cars with spine-tin­gling en­gines

Autocar - - THIS WEEK -

If Enzo Fer­rari had known ex­actly how cru­cial the move­ment of air be­neath a car and over the top of it would one day be­come – not only to his com­pany’s For­mula 1 ma­chines but also its road cars – he might not have ut­tered the fa­mous phrase: “Aero­dy­nam­ics are for peo­ple who can’t build en­gines.” Le­gend has it he also said some vari­a­tion of: “When you buy a Fer­rari, you are pay­ing for the engine. The rest you get for free.”

Was it all just blus­ter and provo­ca­tion? Per­haps, but there’s no doubt the Old Man con­sid­ered a sports car’s engine to be its very heart. As Enzo knew all along, a re­ally great mo­tor is as good a rea­son to buy a car as any other. That’s as true now as it ever was. Over the fol­low­ing six pages, we’ll high­light 14 cars that are pow­ered by en­gines so spec­tac­u­lar, or un­usual, or down­right in­con­gru­ous that you’ll need no other rea­son to want to buy one.

Most of the cars we’ve cho­sen are very af­ford­able too. Whether you favour eight cylin­ders or 12, nat­u­ral as­pi­ra­tion or tur­bocharg­ing, high­rpm scream­ers or low-end torque mon­sters, here’s how to bag your­self a car with a truly great engine.

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