The Most Powerful Engines of All Time

November 18th, 2015 by


Everyone loves a big, powerful engine, but have you ever looked into THE biggest and THE most powerful units of all time? We didn’t think so.

Thanks to Ryan McElroy of, we have a definitive list of these superlatives. While you may be impressed at some of the car engines being repaired in Albany, New York, wait until you get a gander of these…

Biggest Engine on Production Car


Chrysler produces the largest engine currently available on a production car: the incredible 8.4-liter Viper V10 engine. Of course, it’s no surprise that this is the brand producing such a unit, as the company has traditionally produced some of the most impressive and powerful motors of all time.

The hulking motor can pump out an insane 640 horsepower, and when this engine is placed in a Dodge Viper, you can expect a 0-to-60 time of 2.96 seconds and a top speed of 205 miles per hour. Those are truly incredible specs from an incredible unit.

Largest Engine


While the Viper V10 engine may be the biggest unit to ever be featured on a production car, the motor featured in the Fiat S76 takes the cake for largest engine ever. The incredible 28.5-liter engine certainly resulted in a unique, elongated protective body, resulting in the vehicle being coined ‘the Beast of Turin’.’

The unit was quite innovative when it was released back in 1910, as it broke a number of land speed records. That could probably be attributed to the incredible power specs (for the time), including a 300 horsepower. As explains, the engine was so powerful that Fiat had to use metal chains to connect the unit to the wheels.

Most Powerful Engine


The Chrysler V10 may be .4 liters larger, but the Bugatti 8.0-liter W16 is still the more powerful unit. Featuring an incredible 64 valves and four turbochargers, the 16-cylinder system can pump out a record-breaking 1,000-plus horsepower and 1,250-plus ft-lbs of torque.

Biggest Diesel Engine


Wait until you get a load of this one. Named the Wärtsilä-Sulzer RTA96-C (we’re stumped for an explanation on the title), this humongous system is meant to power large sea-faring vessels, including container ships.

The system is 89 feet long, 44 feet wide, and an incredible 25,480 liters large. As points out, this would be the same size as 16,000 Ford Fiesta engines. The unit runs on 39 barrels of heavy fuel oil each hour, and it costs at least $20 for each minute of operation.

The system is “configurable with six to fourteen cylinders,” and it can deliver an incredible 107,389 horsepower and 7,000,000 ft-lbs of torque. We guarantee you won’t see those specs accompanying a car engine, at least for the next 1,000 years or so.

Surprisingly, this engine could actually be topped by the motor placed on an actual spaceship. The Saturn V rocket featured five of the F-1 engines, which each measured 18.5-feet tall and generates 190 million horsepower (that’s no typo). This resulted in the “tallest, heaviest and most powerful rocket ever brought to operational status,” according to McElroy.

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