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Every V8-powered car and SUV still on sale

 
Zak Adkins
Journalist

Chasing Cars has done the hard work for you and compiled all the remaining vehicles on sale today fitted with a V8 engine


The V8 engine – arguably one of the most iconic-sounding pieces of engineering produced by the hands and minds of a human being.

Love it or hate it, the car community respects a V8 engine, from the very first flat-head V8s found in American hot rods to the extremely complicated (and sometimes over-engineered) modern V8s by European makers such as Ferrari

But with emissions regulations on the march, the days of the V8 engine are numbered. 

Ferrari 488 Pista engine
The Ferrari 488 Pista engine in all its twin-turbocharged glory

Internal combustion engines will be banned in Europe from 2035, and as V8s aren’t typically the most fuel efficient type of engine when compared to smaller displacement inline four and inline six engines, the days of the V8 are getting smaller and smaller by the day.

Here, Chasing Cars has put together a list of every production car still available in Australia with a V8 engine in either diesel or petrol form. 

Prices are current as of the time of writing in July 2022 and are before on-road costs.

Chevrolet Corvette V8 engine bay
The C8 Chevrolet Corvette uses a mid-mounted LT2 V8 engine

Which cars in Australia still use a V8 engine?

  • Aston Martin DB11, from $382,495, 4.0-litre twin-turbo petrol V8, 375kW/675Nm
  • Audi SQ7, from $164,400, 4.0-litre twin-turbo petrol V8, 373kW/770Nm
  • Audi SQ8, from $169,600, 4.0-litre twin-turbo petrol V8, 373kW/770Nm
  • Audi S8, from $259,877, 4.0-litre twin-turbo petrol V8, 420kW,800Nm
Audi S8 turbo V8 engine bay
The engine bay of the Audi S8
  • Audi RS6, from $227,700, 4.0-litre twin-turbo petrol V8, 441kW/800Nm
  • Audi RS7, from $237,000, 4.0-litre twin-turbo petrol V8, 441kW/800Nm
  • Audi RSQ8, from $221,300, 4.0-litre twin-turbo petrol V8, 441kW/800Nm
  • BMW M5, from $254,900, 4.4-litre twin-turbo petrol V8, 460kW/750Nm
  • BMW M8, from $362,900, 4.4-litre twin-turbo petrol V8, 460kW/750Nm
BMW M5 CS engine bay
The mighty BMW M5 CS uses plenty of carbon-fibre on its engine covers
  • BMW X5 (M50i), from $145,900, 4.4-litre twin-turbo petrol V8, 390kW/750Nm
  • BMW X6 (M50i), from $151,900, 4.4-litre twin-turbo petrol V8, 390kW/750Nm
  • BMW X7 (M50i), from $184,900, 4.4-litre twin-turbo petrol V8, 390kW/750Nm
Never before has a Corvette had its V8 engine mid-mounted
  • Ferrari 488, from $596,888, 3.9-litre twin-turbo petrol V8, 530kW/770Nm
  • Ferrari Roma, from $409,888, 3.9-litre twin-turbo petrol V8, 456kW/760Nm
Jaguar F-Pace SVR engine bay
The Jaguar F-Pace SVR has a 5.0-litre supercharged V8
  • Jaguar F-Type, from $166,048, 5.0-litre supercharged petrol V8, 331kW/580Nm
  • Lexus LC 500, from $194,270, 5.0-litre N-A petrol V8, 351kW/540Nm
Maserati Levante Trofeo engine bay
The Maserati Levante Trofeo uses a twin-turbo petrol V8 engine
  • McLaren GT, from $399,995, 4.0-litre twin-turbo petrol V8, 456kW/630Nm
Mercedes-AMG GLC63 engine bay
The popular and awesome-sounding 4.0-litre twin-turbo AMG V8
  • Mercedes-AMG GT, from $341,076, 4.0-litre twin-turbo petrol V8, 410kW/680Nm
  • Porsche Cayenne, from $211,200, 4.0-litre twin-turbo petrol V8, 338kW/620Nm
Porsche Cayenne Turbo GT engine bay
The Porsche Cayenne Turbo GT has a seriously powerful V8 engine
  • RAM 1500, from $82,950, 5.7-litre N-A petrol V8, 291kW,556Nm
  • Range Rover, from $312,500, 4.0-litre twin-turbo petrol V8, 390kW/750Nm

V8-engine highlights from the past and present 

The first V8 engine was the ‘Antoinette’ engine that was designed and built in 1904. It was originally built for the automobile and debuted in 1906 in 7.2-litre, 24kW guise at the Paris automobile show. 

The largest displacement V8 engine ever made was the block fitted to the ninth-generation Cadillac Eldorado – an 8.2-litre V8! And yes, because you were probably thinking it, the big beast averaged 9mpg (25L/100km combined) way back in the 1970s when the car was launched. 

Lexus LC 500 engine bay
One of the last great N-A V8s is in the Lexus LC500

The smallest displacement V8 engine ever made was the 2.0-litre Ferrari V8 powertrain fitted to the 208 GT4 back in 1975. It made just 125kW of power when new, which is 25kW less power than the 1.6-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine found in the current Hyundai i20 N! It certainly shows how far modern turbocharging has come since that time.

The first turbocharged V8 engine was implemented into a production road car back in 1962 in the Oldsmobile Turbo Jetfire (a pretty cool name, to be honest). The turbocharger had not been used in cars for very long when Oldsmobile decided to boost its V8 engine with a Garrett turbocharger which created just 5psi of boost at 2200rpm. The engine made just 160kW but had a decent torque figure of 410Nm.

While Daimler-Mercedes are said to have invented the modern supercharger, the first supercharged V8 engine fitted to a production car was either the Studebaker Avanti or the 1957 Ford Thunderbird, depending on who you ask. While a supercharger was an optional extra for the Avanti, the Thunderbird was available with a centrifugal supercharger that helped boost the 5.1-litre V8 engine’s outputs to up to 254kW.

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