Can You Guess if This Car Is a V6 or V8?



By: Robin Tyler

6 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

There is nothing quite like the sound of a performance engine revving away. 

Simply put, they are music to the ears of many car lovers. And V6 or V8 motors are not only found in muscle cars. Even regular sedans have them in some cases. OK, maybe they not so "regular" with that kind of power on tap, all provided by a V6 or V8 engine!

Interestingly, the V6 motor made an early introduction in the history of motoring. The first such engine was built in 1905 by the Marmon motor company. Today most V6 engines have either a 60, 90 or 120-degree angle but there are some exceptions like the VR6 engine from mid-'90s made by Volkswagen.

The first V8 engine was designed by Leon Levavasseur in 1902 and dubbed the "Antoinette." Its early use was in aircraft and boats.  Rolls Royce was one of the first car manufacturers to use a V8 engine, putting it into their 1905 and 1906 models.

On to the task at hand, however. Would you be able to identify which engine a range of vehicles have from just looking at an image of the vehicle and knowing their name?

Some are going to test your car knowledge to its fullest.

Good luck!

Let's begin! Although it was a massive failure sales-wise, everyone today knows the DeLorean DMC-12. Did it have a V6 or V8 engine?

The dream of John DeLorean, the DMC-12 had its 5 minutes of fame thanks to the "Back to the Future" movies. It remained a terrible car with sluggish performance (mostly thanks to its weight) and was only produced for a year before the company went bankrupt. The DeLorean was powered by a 2.8-liter V6 engine.


What engine does the Audi S4 have?

Essentially a high-performance A4, the S4 sure packs some grunt. There have been six generations of the S4, with the latest powered by a monster 3.0-liter V6 turbocharged engine capable of producing over 350 brake horsepower.


This is the beautiful Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R. Any idea what type of engine powers it?

Got $60,000 lying around? Then you can own a modern Shelby Mustang. This Mustang is powered by a 5.2-liter V8 Ford engine that propels this Mustang to 60mph in just 3.7 seconds.


Designed with the help of the legendary Formula One driver, Ayrton Senna, the Acura NSX is powered by a _____ engine.

Also known as the Honda NSX, this 2-door sports car became very popular in the United States. Former F1 champion Ayrton Senna even had input into its design. It was powered by an all-aluminum 3.0-liter V6 motor.


A real beast, but do you know what powers the BMW M5?

BMW M models have a reputation as some of the finest passenger cars ever produced. The M5 was no different but this was also a beast thanks to its 400 brake horsepower V8 engine.


V6 or V8 power for this Chevrolet Corvette ZR-1 from the 1990s?

A real looker in 1990 and still one today, the ZR-1 became a very popular Chevrolet Corvette model. It was powered by a 5.7-liter V8 engine that produced 375 brake horsepower.


The Ferrari Dino, first released in 1969 received its power from what engine?

The first version of Ferrari’s Dino model was powered by a V6 engine. Interestingly, it was built out of aluminum and produced around 160 brake horsepower.


This beautiful AMG GT 63 Coupe is somewhat of a beast. What engine does it have?

AMG Mercedes are also incredible performance machines, and the GT 63 Coupe is no different. Its V8 engine produces over 600 brake horsepower, impressive figures for a luxury sedan.


Faster than a Bugatti Veyron, this Dodge Challenger Demon SRT has what engine to thank for its scary power?

The new Dodge SRT Challenger Demon is one mean car. In fact, it will go from 0-60mph in just 2.1 seconds. That’s faster than a Bugatti Chiron! It is powered by a massive V8 engine that produces over 800 brake horsepower.


A completely bonkers pickup, the GMC Syclone had what type of engine in it?

What happens when you combine a pickup with a 4.3-liter turbocharged V6? A Syclone, that's what. With its all-wheel drive, the Syclone was faster than many sports cars of the time and easily raced to 60mph from a standing start in under 5 seconds.


V6 or V8? What engine is found in the Ford Taurus SHO?

The Super High Output (SHO) version of the Ford Taurus was produced between 1989 and 1999 and ran for three generations. Ford brought back the model in 2009 and it is driven by a 3.5-liter Ecoboost engine which produces 365 brake horsepower.


The Nissan 350Z is powered by a _____ motor.

This two-door, two-seater sports car was first marketed by Nissan in 2009. The 370Z is a model found worldwide, but in Japan, it holds the Fairlady name. This badge goes back to the late '60s when Nissan introduced their first sports cars. The 370Z is available as both a roadster and coupe with both powered by a 3.7-liter V6 engine.


The beautiful and menacing Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 has V6 or V8 power plant?

This modern 650-horsepower behemoth gets you from 0-60mph in just 3.5 seconds and clocks a top speed of just under 200mph. This is thanks to its 6.2-liter supercharged LT4 V8 engine. And the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 is a looker to boot!


What type of engine drives the Lexus LC 500?

Released in 2017, this grand tourer takes the form of a two-door fastback coupe. Its development follows on from the 2012 LF-LC Concept first shown by Lexus in 2012. The LC500 is powered by a 5.0-liter V8 gas engine.


Essentially a rally car, which engine saw the Lancia Stratos to many wins?

Purpose built for rallying, the Lancia Stratos didn't disappoint, winning the World Rally championship for three years from 1974 to 1976. It received its power from the same V6 engine that appeared in the Ferrari Dino 206 GT.


A _____ engine powers the beautiful Ferrari 488 Pista.

A new model in the Ferrari range, the 488 Pista has a 3.9-liter twin turbo V8 engine that produces over 700 brake horsepower!


The Mitsubishi 3000GT VR4 is driven by which of these engines?

Wanted to own a supercar but thought you never had enough money? Well, in the '90s, thinking outside the box would net you the 3000GT VR4. Not only a good looker, the VR4 pushed out some awesome performance numbers and this at a fraction of the cost of other supercars. This was mainly thanks to its impressive V6 engine.


What a beauty from McLaren. Obviously, it has some serious power, thanks to what engine?

The latest sports car from Formula One team, McLaren, the Senna is named after the famed Brazilian three-time world champion, Ayrton Senna. It is powered by 4.0-liter twin turbo V8.


A ______ provides the power for the Buick Grand Nationals GSX.

This '80s muscle car from Buick quickly took the fight to its more established rivals from Ford and Chevrolet, particularly the Grand National GNX edition which had an impressive V6 engine.


The Jaguar F-Type SVR is a car of staggering beauty ... and power. What engine provides its impressive performance figures?

The Jaguar F type first hit the market in 2013. The SVR version, first introduced in 2016, is powered by a 5.0-liter supercharged V8 engine.


Developed with the help of Formula One team, McLaren, the SLR has ________ power.

Developed in conjunction with the Formula 1 team, McLaren, the SLR made its debut in 2003 and was built until 2010. With a 5.4 L supercharged M155 SLR V8 under the hood and a manual gearbox, the SLR was somewhat of a monster and generated over 600 brake horsepower!


A lesser-known sports car from Japan, the Mitsuoka Orochi has what engine?

Produced between 2006 and 2014, the Mitsuoka Orochi is a sports car that was available in Japan as a 2-door coupe or convertible. It is powered by a 3.3-liter Toyota V6.


Any idea as to the engine found in the Nissan Armada pickup?

With a bolt-on-frame body, the Nissan Armada is powered by a 5.6 liter V8 Nissan engine. This produces 390 horsepower and 401 pound/feet of torque. It offers a unique 4-wheel drive system that will only send power to the back wheels on flat surfaces. In off-road situations, all power is fed through the front wheels.


A modern classic, the Nissan GT-R is simply an incredible performance sedan. Which engine will you find in it?

One of the finest sports cars on the planet, the Nissan GT-R is not only fast but it handles incredibly! This is a real racer, so don't expect a daily driver here, unless you want to get to your destination quickly. The current generation GT-R was introduced in 2007 and is a following of the Skyline GT-R. It is powered by 3.8 L twin-turbo V6 engine.


Pure luxury, that's the Phantom IV from Rolls Royce. Do you know if it has a V6 or a V8 engine?

This four-door limousine was manufactured by Rolls Royce from 1959 to 1968. 516 Phantom IVs were made, all powered by a 6.2-liter Rolls Royce V8 engine.


The MG ZT is powered by which engine?

This executive vehicle was available as a four-door sedan or 5-door wagon. A V8 model was released in 2003, powered by a 4.6-liter Ford engine.


What engine powers this Nissan 300ZX Twin Turbo?

A quirky offering from Nissan, the 300ZX quickly became a favorite. With 300 brake horsepower in a small coupe, the 300ZX was quick thanks to its V6 engine.


This is the Red Bull R9. It is one of the most dominant Formula One cars ever built and was powered by a ________ engine.

The last of the V8-engined cars in Formula 1, the Red Bull R9 helped Sebastien Vettel to the overall crown. The German won 13 of the 19 races he entered.


Powered by a Chevrolet _____ engine, this is the Scorpion Mk 1, an exceptional off-roader.

Designed by Soni Honegger, the Scorpion was released in 1997. This off-roader can go just about anywhere thanks to its pivot suspension and is often used in wilderness rescue. Power is supplied by a Chevrolet V8 engine.


What motor powered the Citroen SM? A V6 or V8?

Don’t be put off by the Citroen SM’s strange appearance. This car could shift! First introduced in 1970, the V6, either a 2.7 or 3.0-liter motor gave it a top speed of over 200 km/h.


Another impressive muscle car, the Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat is driven by which engine?

The Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat has a 6.2-liter V8 supercharged engine capable of producing 707 brake horsepower. Can you just imagine how it sounds?


Only 281 examples of the Jaguar XJ220 were built. Their impressive performances figures were a result of what engine?

Only 281 examples of the Jaguar XJ200 were produced between 1992 and 1994. This beautiful car had a Jaguar 3.5-liter V6 twin-turbocharged engine as a power source which gave it a top speed of over 200mph.


V6 or V8 power for the McLaren MP4-12c?

This sports car is a product of the McLaren Formula One team. The MP4-12c is powered by a 3.8-liter V8 twin-turbo engine which produces close to 600 brake horsepower.


The vehicle in the image, a Renault Clio Sport, is powered by which engine?

The Renault V6 Clio Sport was a boy racer version of the Clio and was marketed from 2001 to 2005. The Sport received its power from a 2.9-liter V6 Renault engine.


The luxurious Rolls Royce Silver Spirit gets its power from which engine?

Built between 1980 and 1999, the Silver Spirit is the epitome of luxury. Four distinct marks were produced in this vehicle's 19-year history with the final version, the Mark IV powered by a 6.75-liter Rolls-Royce L410 V8 engine.


A V6 or V8 engine is the powerplant for the Volkswagen Corrado?

This front wheel-drive hatchback was first introduced by Volkswagen in 1988 and built until 1995. The VR6 version of the Corrado was powered by a 15-degree V6 motor which produced up to 187 brake horsepower.


This incredible hyper car, the Zenvo TS1 GT produces over 1,000 brake horsepower. This thanks to its _____ engine.

With an engine that pushes out 1,163 brake horsepower, it is easy to see why any car nut with the cash wants to bay a Zenvo TS1 GT (despite its silly name). Powered by a 5.8-liter V8 engine with not one but two superchargers, the TS1 will cost around $1.2 million.


The McLaren MP4/4 has ______ power.

One of the greatest Grand Prix cars ever made, the McLaren MP4/4 can credit much of its dominance to the Honda 1.5-liter V6 engine that powered it. It carried Ayrton Senna to the world title in 1988.


What engine will you find in the MG XPower SV?

Based upon the Qvale Mangusta sportscar from Italy, the MG XPower SV was offered as an MG model for a three-year period. It was mostly produced in Modena, Italy and then each unit was finished in the United Kingdom. The XPower was powered by either a 4.6 or 5.0-liter DOHC V8 Ford engine.


Any idea what engine was found in this Golf 3 model?

Many power plants were placed inside the third generation Golf including a V6 motor, called the VR6. This was a 15-degree V6 motor which produced up to 187 brake horsepower.


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