The V10 engine is one of the most popular and most loved engines in the automobile industry. It has been championed by automakers around the world and had been used in supercars, high-performance sedans, Formula 1 cars and even a handful of trucks and SUVs. But it seems that the ten-cylinder engine is now facing extinction, with the disappearance of some flagship models that use it such as the Dodge Viper and the Fiat Chrysler.
So before the V10 Engine bids farewell to the auto industry, let us take a look back at some of the best V10-powered cars that gave us joy and that raw, unadulterated adrenaline rush.
The first generation Dodge Viper reached production in 1992 and was equipped with an 8.0-liter V10. Over the years, its capacity was increased to 8.4 liters and their power, from 400 CV to 640 CV. In addition, Dodge decided to equip a Ram 1500 with the V10 Viper, making one heck of a super-truck that delivers more torque and more power. Sadly, its production was discontinued in 2002.
If anyone knows of V10 engines, it is Lamborghini. Lamborghini, which was owned by Chrysler between 1987 and 1994, commissioned engineers Sant'Agata Bolognese to manufacture a V10 engine. Later, those same engineers decided to launch their own version, which would give life to the Lamborghini Gallardo. It was a 5.0-liter V10 with 493 hp, which reached 570hp in its final phase with 5.2 liters. The Lamborghini Huracán followed the Gallardo and has evolved to 610 hp and is one of the few V10 engine powered cars still in production.
When Audi bought Lamborghini in 1999, it adopted its V10 engine models in their line such as the Audi S6 and S8. Later, Audi applied a biturbo system and installed it in the Audi RS6, culminating in the V10 5.2-liter version used in the legendary Audi R8. The current generation still continues with the V10, making Audi the only automaker in the industry still producing a ten-cylinder engine.
Check out the Audi R8 V10 engine in action.
Volkswagen Phaeton, Toureg
Volkswagen also decided to develop its own 10-cylinder engine. However, the German automaker opted for diesel unit only. They had a 4.9-liter capacity that later would become 5.0 liters, and offered it to both the Phaeton and the Touareg, which can produce 350 hp of power and 850 Nm of torque.
Porsche Carrera GT
The V10 engine Porsche initially developed was for cars designed to compete at Le Mans, and later, Formula 1. However, both projects were pushed aside and the V10 propeller 5.7-liter found its new home in the Porsche Carrera GT. It developed 612 hp at 8,400 rpm during laps in the racetrack. Only 1,270 units were produced between 2003 and 2007.
BMW M5 and BMW M6
In order not to be less than its rivals, BMW launched its own V10 engine in 2005. This was a 5.0-liter unit offering 507 hp and 515 Nm of torque, being used in the E60 generation of the BMW M5, E63 and the BMW M6. In 2010, they were removed from production and new generations of both models came with twin-turbo 4.4-liter V8 units instead.
Lexus took the time to develop their first supercar, the LFA, initiating the development of the century and reaching production in 2010. The engine chosen was a V10 4.8-liter car offering 560 horsepower and 480 Nm of torque. Only 500 units were produced, which were sold over the course of two years. The V10 has now been removed from the LFA successor.
Ford's Iconic SUV Line
Ford developed its own V10 engine, but like Volkswagen, the American carmaker also opted for diesel. Ford made a 6.8-liter engine with 310 hp and 575 Nm of torque, which subsequently came to 362 hp and 620 Nm of torque. This powerful engine was fitted in some of the company's best SUVs, like the Excursion, Expedition and Suburban, as well as the F-Series Super Duty and the E-series for more than a decade.