Can You Pass This Car Engine Quiz?

By: John Miller
Estimated Completion Time
2 min
The XK6 engine is a famous engine from which manufacturer?
Jaguar
In 1949, Jaguar went claws out with its XK6 engine, a 3.4 L masterpiece for the ages. With a snazzy new valve and head setup, it provided way more torque than most engines of the day.
Dodge
Chrysler

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Chevy was renowned for which engine?
small-block engine
In the 1950s, Chevy vehicles began featuring a small-block V8 engine. And although they were small in comparison to big-block engines, they actually started out at a beefy 4.3 L.
medium-block engine
huge-block engine

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Which company manufactured the K20 engine?
Chevy
Honda
The Honda K20 engine comes in several variants. Introduced in 2001, they are four-stroke icons known for extreme reliability, and in some cases, power.
Tesla

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The 1968 Shelby GT350 featured which engine?
302 V8
The Shelby GT350 was no ordinary vehicle -- it had more than enough power for racers and speed fiends. It featured, of course, the famous Ford 302 V8.
270 V6
220 V4

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The S54 is an engine from which famous car maker?
Yugo
Alfa Romeo
BMW
The S54, from BWM, was a powerful upgrade to the M54 powerplant. It is regarded as a near-perfect 3.2 L beauty.

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What did the Ford Model T engine displace?
0.5 L
2.9 L
The original Model T engine was a four-cylinder, 2.9 L icon. Of course, it only produced about 20 hp, so your maximum speed topped out at about 45 mph, far better than a horse-drawn buggy.
5.3 L

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Which company created the Colombo engine?
Ford
Ferrari
Just after WWII, Ferrari began cranking out an incredible engine -- the Colombo V12. The smallest versions were just 1.5 L … but they also ranged all the way up to 4.9 L monsters.
Saturn

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Which company made the TFSI engine?
Mini
Rolls-Royce
Volkswagen
TFSI stands for turbo fuel stratified injection, and it's an engine technology from VW. The whole point is to boost power while also clamping down on emissions.

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Which company made the UZ engine?
Lamborghini
Toyota
In 1989, Toyota began churning out versions of its UZ engines. These V8s were mostly built into SUVs and higher-priced cars, and they helped burnish the company's credibility as a maker of incredibly reliable motors.
Mazda

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How did the Ferrari Colombo engines fare during their initial races?
very well
Right out of the starting gate, the Colombo was a winning engine in races all over Europe. It snagged six victories in 14 races, adding a serious shine to the manufacturer's reputation.
average
terribly

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What's the displacement of a Honda K20 engine?
1.2 L
2.4 L
The K20 is a 2.4 L engine with four cylinders. They're sized at 146.5 cubic inches, or 2,400 cc.
6.3 L

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The 350 small-block Chevy was introduced in which vehicle?
Chevelle
Camaro
In 1967, Chevy lifted the curtain on its Camaro. The speedy car featured the 350 small-block V8, which even under average conditions produces about 300 hp.
Mustang

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Which company made the legendary flathead V8?
Mini
Chevy
Ford
Or you can just call it the "flatty" for fun. Ford's flathead V8 was made for about two decades, starting in the Depression era. It eventually became a prime engine for hot rodders looking to ramp up the speed.

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What's one of the most memorable aspects of early Jaguar XK6 engines?
polished dual cam cover
Jaguar understood the need for visual appeal with its engines. For the early XK6 versions, it included polished dual cam covers, which gleamed in the light whenever the hood was popped.
all-black exterior
very small push rods

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In which decade did Alfa Romeo debut its famous Twin Cam engine?
1920s
1950s
In 1954, Alfa Romeo unveiled its crazy-popular Twin Cam engine. Made until 1994, in variants from 1.3 to 2.0 L, it is regarded as one of the company's finest products.
1990s

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Which company was famous for the 3800 engine?
Buick
The Buick V6 is often simply called the 3800. It hit the market in 1961 and was made until 2008, and along the way it blazed a reputation as a reliable and powerful workhorse.
Nissan
Saturn

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Since 1955, GM has built about how many of its famed small-block V8s?
about 5 million
about 15 million
about 100 million
GM'S small-block V8 is still regarded was one of the finest engines of the 20th century. And that's how the company was able to build more than 100 million of them in half a century of production.

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The 1962 E-Type from Jaguar -- without fuel injection -- had what horsepower rating?
about 98 hp
about 145 hp
about 265 hp
The XK engine in the 1961 E-Type had power to burn. With 265 hp, no one complained that this car lacked get up and go.

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Which engine was a "Boss"?
Chrysler Hemi
Ford 302
In 1969, Ford installed its Boss 302 into the Mustang. This V8 incarnation started out at 4.9 L and was used for the following year's models, too.
Chevy small-block

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What's a common nickname for the Alfa Romeo Twin Cam engine?
"Nord"
The legendary Twin Cam engine has a couple of notable nicknames. But "Nord" might be the most common -- it means "North" and refers to the part of Italy where these engines were manufactured.
"Naughty"
"Nein"

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What sort of reputation did the Model T engine have?
fairly reliable
Sure, it was one of the first mass-produced car engines ever. But the Model T engine was actually pretty solid … one reason Ford sold around 16 million of these beauties.
just awful
never, ever started

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The W Series was a big-block engine found in which vehicles?
Chevy
Starting in 1961, GM began seling the 409 Chevy big-block engine. The so-called W Series was a boon for muscle car lovers, with more than 340 hp.
Chrysler
Dodge

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How was Toyota's 2UZ-FE engine different than its predecessor?
Kevlar hoses
cast iron block
Toyota, always looking to make its products stronger, decided to make changes with its 2UZ-FE engine. The engine block was created out of cast iron … and thus, virtually indestructible.
titanium pistons

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When did the Chrysler Hemi 426 debut?
1930s
1940s
1960s
The Hemi 426 was a muscle car lover's dream, and it first appeared in 1964. It was so powerful, in fact, that it was really meant for NASCAR racing … but it found plenty of street use across America.

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The Hemi 426 was rated at 425 hp by the manufacturer. But it really produced how much horsepower?
about 312 hp
about 400 hp
about 433 hp
It's a good way to dodge the insurance premiums. Chrysler rated the Hemi 426 at 425 hp … but this beast of a motor actually produced 433 hp.

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Which of these is a boxer engine?
Buick 3800
Toyotal 2UZ-FE
Volkswagen E-motor
The Volkswagen E-motor is a legacy of troubled times in Germany … but as an engine, it's a air-cooled legend. This boxer engine was made all the way up until 2006.

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What was special about the Ford flathead V8 engine?
It ran on butane as well as gasoline.
It was Ford's most powerful engine ever.
It was the company's first mass-produced V8.
Before the flathead V8, Ford had never successfully sold a V8 engine to the masses. But the flatty changed everything, and made Ford look downright brilliant in the process.

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Which engine did Chrysler use in muscle cars starting in the '50s?
B series
B series wedge engines snagged some pink slips for Chrysler owners starting in the '50s. And the 440 big-block was a power freak, with around 440 hp.
66 series
ZZ series

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Some of Alfa Romeo's Twin Cam engines were low on power. What was the lowest powered version?
52 hp
Although the company's Twin Cam engines were mostly beloved, some of Alfa Romeo's variants were a bit weak. One small version output only around 52 hp.
140 hp
190 hp

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True or false, did the Model T engine run exclusively on gasoline?
true
false
The Model T's engine was meant for gasoline, but it actually had the ability to burn other fuels, too. With the right parts, you could even make it run on old-school kerosene.

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