Ten Most Iconic Engines of All Time

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In the last century, the  automobile sector has gone on to create mechanical and technological gems. Various manufacturers have come up with their unique power plant iterations and some of these  engines have gone on to become iconic. 

Whether they made their debut on a hatchback or a hypercar, these engines have defined their era. In this next guide, we will take a look at some of the most iconic engines of all time.
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Mazda Wankel Rotary Engine

In 1959, Felix Wankel was the first to develop a rotary engine. Since then, this unique engine type has been used by various manufacturers. But it was  Mazda who made the most out of these engines and have stuck with them for decades. These high performance engines became famous because of their low displacement-high power output characteristics as well as the distinct high pitch sound.
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Toyota 2JZ-GTE Engine

The  Toyota 2JZ-GTE is another iconic engine, which made its debut in 1991 on the Toyota Aristo. However, it achieved worldwide fame following when it was used to power the infamous  Supra.
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Nissan RB26DETT Engine

Another engine from the '90s, which is still considered as one of the best ever, is Nissan's RB26DETT in-line six block. 
When it was launched in the  Skyline GT-R, the RB26 was limited to generating only 276 hp. Pretty soon the engineers realised that this engine had much more potential. The tuners have been successful in churning out more than 500 hp from this engine.
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Chevrolet Small Block Engines

The  Chevrolet small block engine can be classified as one of the most iconic engines of all time. It made its debut in 1955 and has been in use for almost five decades. This engine became the benchmark for GM and has been used in every single car until 2003. So far, over 100 million small block engines have been built and therefore it takes a respectable place in this list.
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BMW S70/2 V12 Engine

BMW's first attempt at developing a V12 engine was more than a success; it became a legend. The S70/2 was developed on the M70 platform and was made specifically for high performance cars such as the McLaren F1. This 6.0 litre V12 was powerful enough to produce 618 hp and 650 Nm of torque.
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Porsche Flat-Six Engine

For more than five decades,  Porsche has powered its  911 cars with their iconic flat-six engine. Its compact design, reliability and high revving ability have made this a huge hit in the automobile sector. 
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Mercedes-AMG M159 6.2 Litre V8 Engine

The M159 engine is an evolution of the M156 engine; the first V8 engine made independently by AMG. This high-powered M159 was used in the SLS AMG as well as the C63 AMG. It is also the last naturally aspirated high-performance engine from  Mercedes-AMG before it got replaced by a 4.0 litre twin-turbocharged motor.
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Honda F20C Engine

This tiny 2.0 litre in-line four-cylinder engine from  Honda was featured in the  S2000. It was a high revving engine which peaked at 8,900 rpm, something you could find only in race cars. The F20C is also the engine with the highest specific output for a mass production car priced under £100,000.
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Ferrari F140FC V12 Engine

The  F12berlinetta is powered by the same V12 engine which has been powering all the flagship  Ferraris from 2003. The version in the F12 is the best of the crop and has proved itself by winning the engine of the year award in 2012.
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Toyota 1LR-GUE - Lexus LFA

Toyota teamed up with Yamaha to produce one of the best sounding engines of all time. This 4.8 litre V10 engine could rev all the way up to 9,500 rpm in the least possible time and produce 552 hp and 480 Nm of torque.  
This engine is one of the many reasons why the Lexus LFA has been able to win the hearts of petrolheads all over the world.

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