The V10 engine has been around since the 1930s when it was used in the Busch-Sulzer ICRR 9201 prototype. Since then, many companies have worked on and improved V10 engines, and while it is not as common as V6, V8 and V12 engines, it has been used in many great performance cars.
The earliest use of a V10 engine in sports cars was in the 1987 Lamborghini P140 prototype and although it did not go into production, it paved the way for other manufacturers to try it. Three years later, the first series-produced sports car with a V10 engine was introduced: the iconic Dodge Viper. Since then, several car manufacturers have used V10 engines in many fantastic sports cars. Let’s examine ten of the best.
10 Dodge Viper
Let’s start with one of the greatest American sports cars of all time: the Viper. As we mentioned above, the Viper was the first production sports car to be powered by a V10 engine, and it didn’t disappoint.
Under the hood of the Viper was a massive 8.0-litre V10 with 400 horsepower on tap, giving it outstanding performance. An eye-catching design and an affordable price compared to European options also helped the Viper gain a huge cult following.
9 Lamborghini Gallardo
The decade of the 90s was not kind to Lamborghini. Multiple ownership changes, receiverships and bad sales nearly killed the beloved Italian brand, which is why it decided to change its strategy at the turn of the century.
In 2003, Lamborghini introduced the Gallardo as an entry-level model and changed its fortunes forever. Unlike the flagship Murcielago, the Gallardo was equipped with a V10 engine, which ended up being a great decision for the brand. In its 10-year production year, the Gallardo sold more than 14,000 units.
8 Porsche Carrera GT
Porsche was among the top European car manufacturers to participate in the FIA GT1 Championship in the 1990s† However, the German brand was forced to end its racing program, leaving many of the technologies it had developed for the program unused.
Fortunately, Porsche decided to develop a car to take advantage of those technologies, resulting in the venerable Carrera GT. Equipped with a race-inspired 5.7-litre V10 that spawned more than 600 ponies, the Carrera GT was fast. However, since it lacked modern driving aids such as traction control and electronic stability control, it is one of the most dangerous cars to drive.
7 Audi R8 5.2 FSI Quattro
The R8 took the car world by storm when it debuted in 2006. Audi finally had a world-class sports car in its lineup and a good one too. The R8 was originally sold with a V8 engine, but Audi introduced a V10-powered engine in 2009 to satisfy the gearbox hungry.
Called the 5.2 FSI Quattro, this beast had a 525 hp V10 under the hood in combination with Audi’s sublime Quattro four-wheel drive† Other upgrades included the world’s first all-LED headlights, ‘V10’ badges, a Bang & Olufsen 465 watt sound system, bigger brakes and a dual-cable exhaust system.
6 Dodge Ram SRT-10
The Ram SRT-10 is a limited edition sports pickup truck built by Dodge in the 2000s. Built by Chrysler’s Performance Vehicle Operations division, this crazy pickup truck was intended to show that pickup trucks are not need to be slow or boring.
At the heart of the Ram SRT-10 was the same engine used in the third-generation Viper, a monstrous 8.3-liter V10 that produced just under 500 horsepower. With a 0-60 time of 4.9 seconds and a top speed of 147 mph, the Ram SRT-10 is one of the fastest pickup trucks ever.
5 2008 Audi RS6 Avant
The second generation Audi RS6 debuted in 2008 and like its predecessor there was the ‘Avant’ version. The Avant is basically an RS6 sedan in a body style.
Like the 2008 RS6 sedan, the Avant was powered by a 5.0-liter V10 engine producing 563 horsepower and 479 lb-ft of torque, making it the most powerful Audi ever made. With a 0-60 time of approximately 4.5 seconds, the 2008 RS6 Avant is one of the fastest wagons ever made.
4 bristol fighter
Britain is home to carmakers such as Jaguar, Aston Martin and McLaren, but the country also has several small carmakers that deserve more recognition. Bristol is one such car manufacturer. One of Bristol’s biggest hits is the Fighter, a fantastic sports car introduced in the early 2000s.
The Fighter is a great example of the great things that happen when European design meets American power, as it had the same 8.0-litre V10 as the Dodge Viper. With a top speed of 210 mph, the Fighter is one of the fastest British cars ever.
3 Lexus LFA
Toyota subsidiary Lexus is known for building some of the most luxurious Japanese cars ever. However, the division is not only targeting the luxury market, but also has the supercar market in mind. The 2011 LFA showed that Lexus could make a world-class supercar.
Every gearbox fell in love with the LFA for many reasons. First, it had a real supercar design that rivaled anything from Europe. It also had plenty of power, thanks to a 4.8-liter V10 with 563 horsepower on tap. The LFA is also a rare find, only 500 copies were made.
2 2005 BMW M5
The M5 has always been the perfect car for those looking for functionality, luxury and power. However, the 2005 M5 took things to a whole new level.
The main reason the 2005 M5 caused a stir when it debuted was its powerplant – it was the first production sedan with a V10 engine. The engine in question produced 500 ponies, giving the 2005 M5 a 0-60 of just over 4 seconds and a limited top speed of 250 mph. Buyers who opted for the M driver package achieved a top speed of 190 mph, making the 2005 M5 the fastest four-door sedan ever built.
1 Lamborghini Huracan
When the last Gallardo rolled out of Lamborghini’s production facilities in 2013, it was the best-selling model ever made by the brand. So when Lamborghini was developing a successor to the Gallardo, it knew it had high hopes. Fortunately, the Huracán did not disappoint.
The Huracán was equipped with the same Lamborghini V10 engine as the Gallardo, but with a larger displacement of 5.2 liters. The engine is tuned to deliver a maximum power of 602 horsepower, allowing the Huracán to blast past 60 mph in 2.5 seconds.
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