Who Makes the Best V8 Engine and Why

Who Makes the Best V8 Engine and Why


rev up your engines, today I’m going to
answer Eddy Vasquez’s question, who makes the best v8 engines these days, now to
answer that question I’m only going to be talking about a regular v8 engine,
I’m not going to be talking about supercars that cost hundreds of
thousands of dollars, and to answer correctly we’ll get a little bit of
history here, in 1915 Cadillac made the first really mass-produced v8 engine,
which was a 5.4 liter v8 engine, now even though it was sort of mass-produced, it
was still in a luxury car and it was rather expensive car, the first really
mass-produced car that used v8 engines were the Fords,
in 1932 Henry Ford made a flathead v8 and that was the first really
mass-produced v8 used in normal cars, not used in either luxury cars or in trucks
now, Henry discovered how to make them so they worked good, but there are less
expensive to build as an example, those v8’s only had three main
bearings on the crank, instead of the usual five main bearings, so it cost less
money to make, so that made it more affordable to put in regular cars, now the
main point of putting a v8 in was for more power, and since it was a v8 there
were four on the left side and four on the right, so that v8 engine could fit in
a vehicle they had a four-cylinder engine because it’s basically the same
length of the four-cylinder engine, you couldn’t get a big six in there or even
a straight eight, that would require a gigantic hood to fit it into, the V8 fit
into a smaller space, and as it put out more power people like them, you can
always get an option you get a four-cylinder engine or you can get a v8
engine, people who wanted power hey they put in a v8 like Bonnie and Clyde,
they always stole Ford’s that had v8 is they could
so you get a lot of power out of a v8, but times are changing as an
example, a modern-day four-cylinder engine, heck it can put out more
horsepower than a v8 engine did just 20 years ago, so you can get a lot of power
out of a four cylinder engine which is making a
lot of these v8 becoming kind of like the dinosaurs, their sort of towards the
edge of extinction, you’ll see that a lot of companies including Ford, are going
more toward turbocharged GDI gasoline engines that are v6 instead of v8, they
can still put out a lot of horsepower, but they get a lot better gas mileage
so in modern cars, at least most of the American cars
the v8 engines are becoming more and more specialized, as an example they use
them in all their racing cars, you get a v8 and a Dodge Hellcat, you can get a
v8 in a Mustang, and you can get a v8 in a Corvette, now I know GM is coming up
with I think they call it a zr1 and it’s going to have 755 horsepower
but it’s going to cost over 120,000 dollars, so I really don’t include that
as a normal v8 engine myself, so I’ll start with the LS9 which puts out
638 horsepower, it’s got a supercharged v8, now I have to say it’s a
pretty good engine, it’s an old-fashioned design it’s still a pushrod engine, it
doesn’t have overhead cams, it’s pretty much a gigantic gas hog in that kind of
form with the supercharger on it, it’s not gonna get very good gas mileage it’s
only got the regular valves per cylinder, it doesn’t have four
valves per cylinder and it just got push rods in it, it’s a pretty old fashioned
design, but it’s a pretty strong engine, now let’s compare that to the Shelby
gt500 that at least as of this time was the most horsepower that Ford sold out
of the factory, and it was 662 horsepower now the Ford Mustang engine was a much
more modern design, it had quad overhead cams, variable valve timing, and it also
had a supercharger to give it all that power, now the original ones had some
overheating problems, but they figured that out as time went on, it’s a more
modern engine, if you drove it not insane you would get better gas mileage than
the GM engine, but I mean really you got to take into consideration people that
buy those kinds of vehicles are driving like
maniacs I had one of the GT’s for a while, heck I
was getting like three miles a gallon in the thing because I was driving at
full speed all the time and that’s pretty much what you’re gonna get in a
race car if you drive it full bore all the time, the Ford engine had insane power
there’s no arguing that, I thought hey it’s the fastest thing that you’re ever
gonna get drive on the street that you can buy out of a factory, but that was
before I drove a Dodge Challenger Hellcat, that thing had even more
horsepower it had 707 horsepower with a
supercharger on it, that’s an insane amount of horsepower,
now the Hellcat engine it’s like the GM engine it’s an old style
it’s a pushrod engine, it’s not a modern style by any stretch of the imagination,
but I do have to say, they’ve pretty much perfected that design, if you want
horsepower and speed, say you’re building your own vehicle, they set it up that you
can buy what’s called a hell crate engine, you can buy just the engine and
put it in the vehicle that you want because they know with that much horsepower
there’s guys that want to get their hands on that engine, and I know
people are gonna say, hey your always booing chrysler products, but in
this case I do have to say that the Hellcat engine is the best v8 engine
that’s presently being built for normal cars, if you can call that a normal car,
considering the power they put out and the speed that people are driving, them I
personally haven’t seen any big serious problems with them, other than people
wrapping the cars around trees and stuff and that’s not the engine’s fault, remember
we’re talking about best v8 engine here because being a pushrod engine, it’s a
simpler engine, there’s less stuff to break on it, and really as far as I can see
in the future, this is probably the end of the dinosaur age and for most intensive
purposes of mass production v8 engines will probably just start to fade
away, except for crazy gear heads like that new Corvette that they’re talking
about bringing out, if it starts at 120,000 dollars then that’s becoming an
exotic car and there’s lots of exotic cars out there that have v8 engines, v12
engine, but hey for mass-produce engines the v8 engine will
probably be just like in the Road Warrior where Mad Max was driving one and they
said, it’s the last of the great v8 because when you really think about it,
hey v8 engines were made originally for extra power, now that even a small
four-cylinder engine could put out a ton of power, the v8 engines really aren’t
necessary, yeah I mean you can get them to put out almost 800 horsepower, but
really who needs 800 horsepower if you can get 300 horsepower on a little bitty
four-cylinder engine, hey that’s plenty enough to drive us around in our
vehicles, one of the early cars out there, it only had one horsepower it got
people around, so we really don’t need 800 horsepower cars to get ourselves from
here to there, and sure I for one will miss the great rumble of the v8, they got
a unique sound to them, but as time moves on I guess we got to move on too, and
since this is the Thursday segment where I answer a viewers question, place your own
question on the YouTube comments below and I’ll pick the best ones to make a
single video to answer your questions, and where else can you find a guy with 50
years experience of fixing cars to answer your own question with a video, so
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  2. Well there’s the 2020 GT500 5.2 super chargered. Less displacement them the hellcat and faster especially around the corners

  3. Best V8 produced right now?? Definitely the Ford 5.0 duel overhead cam Coyote. They make great power AND get good mpg. Better than the v6 in most cases which Ford don’t like admitting to. I easily get 22mpg out of mine in a crew cab 4×4. The best I ever got out of a GM LS truck was 17-18mpg and that is with the cylinder deactivation program

  4. Had a 67 Camaro 327 did 110 in second gear 4 miles to the gallon when I got into the secondaries
    Those were the days

  5. Scotty.. Love ya. Can you comment or make a video in the tundra cam tower oil leak? Google and indulge in countless forums!! I just paid $3,200 in my 4.6l tundra 2012 with 67,900 miles for the fix

  6. We do need it for our work trucks though. Towing and hauling. More power less stress, less gas wasted. I'm sure there are cons too but I like to stay positive

  7. I want a truck that will last. How about a Dodge with a Cummins 5.9. Also I've heard buying one with 150,000 miles on it is "just getting it broke in. " Looking for an answer from a striaght shooter like yourself

  8. The only 4 cylinder engines that can put out more horsepower than a v8. Are in f1 or IndyCar's not in road cars. The ls motor is probably the best engine out of the big three.

  9. LS engines are by far the best V8 engines ever made. I raced in a Nevada open road race with a modified LS1 that had 130,000 miles on it and I cruised at 140mph for 120 miles and then drove home to Phoenix. He says we don’t need 800 HP he’s right we need 1000 HP. Assclown.

  10. Hey scotti3, i bought a mustang 2012 with automatic trans for 14 grand with 72 000 miles on d odometer. Have i been ripped off of my money? Well anyways i already bought it.. well i just wanna know if its a good car? Thanks man…

  11. Rover bought the Buick 215 all-alloy V8 in 1964 and brought in retiring Joe Turlay on a very nice salaary to iron out all the kinks. It was in production from 1967 right to today (boutique builder CosCast has the sand cast masters). It powered Rover P5B, P6B, SD1, Land Rover, Range Rover, MGB, TVR 350, a whole series of Morgans and TVR's. It was supposed to power the Triumph Stag and Jaguar XJ chassis (but Rover had no members of the board of directors at British Leyland and Triumph had 2). It went from 3.5, to 3.7, tpo 4.2, to 4.3, 4.4 (Leyalnd Australia) 4.5ish and (pls don;t giggle) Rimmer Brothers of UK make a 5.5 up to 6.3. There is talk of a TVR with twin superchargers ona this old puhshrod Buick.
    Buick itslef had a cast iron V8 300 cu in (4.9 litre) which was essentially a variant of the 215 they no longer needed which was in production 1964 to 1980 and a V6 which was essenitally the same V8 with two cylinders chopped off 1962-2008.

    There are a few custom 5.5 litres about which are around 500HP at the wheels from ex racing cars

    There is one barely Rover V8 (Pontiac) by Sonny's motorsport which is 1000 BHP naturally aspirated- but it is $32,900.00
    Charlie Broomfield has a Rover SD1 with a former Rover Merlin 27 litre tank engine .youtube slash watch?v=eiZIU54WYxw

    So Scotty- I'm going to argue Rover via Buick.

  12. Rover bought the Buick 215 all-alloy V8 in 1964 and brought in retiring Joe Turlay on a very nice salaary to iron out all the kinks. It was in production from 1967 right to today (boutique builder CosCast has the sand cast masters). It powered Rover P5B, P6B, SD1, Land Rover, Range Rover, MGB, TVR 350, a whole series of Morgans and TVR's. It was supposed to power the Triumph Stag and Jaguar XJ chassis (but Rover had no members of the board of directors at British Leyland and Triumph had 2). It went from 3.5, to 3.7, tpo 4.2, to 4.3, 4.4 (Leyalnd Australia) 4.5ish and (pls don;t giggle) Rimmer Brothers of UK make a 5.5 up to 6.3. There is talk of a TVR with twin superchargers ona this old puhshrod Buick.
    Buick itslef had a cast iron V8 300 cu in (4.9 litre) which was essentially a variant of the 215 they no longer needed which was in production 1964 to 1980 and a V6 which was essenitally the same V8 with two cylinders chopped off 1962-2008.

    There are a few custom 5.5 litres about which are around 500HP at the wheels from ex racing cars

    There is one barely Rover V8 (Pontiac) by Sonny's motorsport which is 1000 BHP naturally aspirated- but it is $32,900.00
    Charlie Broomfield has a Rover SD1 with a former Rover Merlin 27 litre tank engine .youtube slash watch?v=eiZIU54WYxw

    So Scotty- I'm going to argue Rover via Buick.

  13. I drive 700 miles per week. Half going mountains. The 4 banger lost it's bang and I kept seeing regular drivers who took my path to work on the side of the road.
    I swapped out for a high output 6 banger, after a few years the mountains was winning again and I start ed noticing the kind of cars stuck on the side of the high way. Alot of Lexus's and 6 and 4's cars and SUV's. I think it was not the engines but the transmissions. I drive a V8 (car) to do every day mountain driving. When I drive to work it one and a half hour going up.

  14. IMO as long as people still need to purchase pickups, and medium duty truck, the V8 will be around. Modern V8 are reliable. long lived, with decent broad power band. I just cant see boosted I4 s and V6 standing up driven for hours wrapped up to the nuts to deliver the required power.

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  16. Sorry but i have to disagree with you that the v8 will fade away.
    And also the best v8 should be what the common man can afford
    because reality is most of us will never see what a 800hp Hellcat
    will do because it is way out of our league. I thought you would
    talk about the regular truck motor like the 5.3 or 5.4 or whatever the manufacture
    would put in a 1/2 ton or a full size truck.

  17. So something's never change. Chrysler still builds great engines but their cars still suck. One more thing. Ford's direct competition Chevy, started putting OHV inline six's in their cars in the late twenties so I guess the hood was a little longer but what the heck.

  18. Some claim that the Chevy 327 was the best engine that GM ever made – so why did they opt for the 350 over the 327..

  19. Hey Scotty West coast Ronnie here in southern California.
    I own a Chevy 2017 2500 HD gas truck.recently the torque converter went out at 63,000 miles and I took it to the dealer and they went ahead and replaced a failed torque converter. About a month later I started to feel the same symptoms in the transmission before the torque converter went out the first time. From a stop it would shift hard to the first gear change sometimes the second gear change and then as you're slowing down to a stop it would downshift really hard. Now my question is is it possible that torque converter is going out again or could this be a programming issue or maybe does it need a software update.I'm lucky that this is all under my extended warranty but if you have a comment on this situation I'd really appreciate it .
    Thanks !
    Ronnie

  20. The hellcat engine has alot of problems.. it's definitely not the best. Maybe in terms of power. But definitely not design and reliability

  21. I like the LS, 1UZ AND VH45. IN THE CASE OF 1UZ AND VH45 THOSE ENGINES ARE TUNABLE TO ANY POWER U WANT WITH STOCK INTERNALS

  22. Ok Scotty sorry for calling you screwy. But I purchased used 2015 equinox. 4 cylinder I love the gas mileage, and so far no big matience problems. My question is how many miles can I get on my car before it’s junkyard ready

  23. What was the absolute best civilian vehicle ever made? With regards to looks, cult following, fuel efficiency, performance, original purchase price, and current resale value

  24. Hey Scotty years ago(1978) I owned a Ford pickup with the 300 in line 6 that truck was great not a lot of power but it towed my 2 horse trailer to shows and my log trailer to the mill . It had a BorgWarner 4 speed got 16 to 18 miles per gallon never needed a new clutch was simple to work on . I paid 4,200.00 for it new the sales man was an old high school  Friend of my parents. So I got it through there fleet division . I had a few friends that bought them years latter with fuel injection with more power same motor ran forever. I didn't have to replace much on it in 270,000 miles (ignition module, ( $35.00) U joints head gasket cause I let it sit 2 years.  cheap ). I know that was 41 years ago. does anyone make a good gas inline 6 for trucks anymore? I think the 240 6 in my parents 66 galaxy 500 was basically the same motor.  Oh and it was running fine when I sold it for 800.00 to a friend who put 30,000 miles on it and new tires and got 900.00 for the thing. I love inline 6cyl. motors especially in trucks. When it comes time to replace my 2001 4.7 4 wheel drive  tundra I could use a Tacoma with a 6.5 ft. bed and that cargo cage to haul my motorcycle and a cubic yard of compose for the garden maybe four runs a year. What's your very educated opinion.

  25. The ls based engine is the best V8 made. They swap them in Ford's dodge and everything in-between. Small footprint strong bottom end and heads that flow like crazy. Stock truck bottom ends when boosted will make up to 1000 horsepower and stay together.

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