Ward’s has once again named its Ten Best Engines. It seems as though Ward’s Auto has staked out a claim on this category of engine ranking and is rather respected and trusted now. 2007’s best engines come from four different Japanese manufacturers, the German big three, as well as Ford and GM.
Audi’s 2.0L turbocharged inline-four makes 200bhp and 207 lb-ft of torque. BMW’s twin-turbocharged 3.0L inline-six produces 300bhp and 300 lb-ft of torque. The 3.0L V6 turbodiesel in Mercedes-Benz’s E-class produces 208bhp and 400 lb-ft of torque. Ironically, the three German companies infiltrated Ward’s 10 Best list with four turbochargers divided amongst the three engines.
Ford’s 4.6L V8 is capable of more than 300bhp in the Bullitt and Shelby GT. The 6.0L V8 in hybridized form that we’ve seen in the Yukon/Tahoe hybrids and GM’s 3.6L V6 from the Cadillac CTS form the American contigent.
Honda’s smooth and powerful 3.5L V6 from the new Accord is one of two three-and-a-half litre engines on the list. The V6 from Lexus’ IS350 is another formidable powerplant. 3.7 litres equals V8-style power in the Infiniti G37, too. Finally, Mazda’s 2.3L turbocharged inline-four ends the list as the fourth turbocharged model, as well as the second with just four-cylinders.