15 New Cars with Absurdly High-Powered V8s

Nothing beats a V8.

Koenigsegg will debut the production version of the Regera at this year's show, as well as the final version of the Agera. Both will have more than 1000 horsepower, because would you expect anything less from our favorite Swedish supercar maker?

A V8 is basically the perfect engine... unless you want truly great fuel economy. But who cares about that? They're great at making power. That's what we care about. Here are some of the best, according to you.

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Dodge SRT Hellcat Redeye

Dodge gave the Challenger and Charger Hellcats a refresh for 2019, as well as an upgraded trim called the Redeye. Using SRT Demon internals, it makes an incredible 797 horsepower from that supercharged V8.

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Mercedes-AMG GT R

The GT R is the most track-ready car Mercedes sells, housing a 577-horsepower version of Mercedes's widely-used 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8. It might sounds as good as the company's 6.2-liter naturally aspirated unit, but it makes up for it in torque.

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Jaguar Project 8

The Project 8 makes an astounding 600 horsepower from its supercharged 5.0-liter V8—enough to propel it to the top of the leaderboards for four-door Nurburgring lap times.

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Lexus LC500

Though it may "only" make 471 horsepower, you have to respect Lexus's decision to keep the LC500's engine naturally aspirated. It makes for a linear, fantastic-sounding powerplant we can't get enough of.

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Ferrari GTC4LussoT

The GTC4Lusso comes in V12 or twin-turbo V8 trim, but if you want to have rear-wheel drive only, you'll have to get the V8—not that it's a downside anyway. You get 563 horsepower and a seven-speed dual clutch transmission, along with more turbo pops and bangs than you can handle.

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Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S 4-Door Coupe

The 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 used in pretty all of AMG's top-tier cars makes the most power in the new GT 4-Door Coupe. In the GT 63 S, it puts out 630 horsepower and 627 lb.-ft. of torque, which helps it send the car from 0-60 in just 3.1 seconds.

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The brilliant new Shelby GT350 is arguably the performance bargain of the century. It can embarrass thoroughbread sports cars that cost way more. Even a loaded GT350R at $65,195 is reasonable.

  Just avoid dealer markups on early production examples.
Ford Mustang Shelby GT350

While most automakers resort to forced induction to make power these days, Ford stuck it out with natural aspiration. In order to get the power for its Shelby GT350, it implemented a flat-plane crank design in its exclusive V8, which makes 526 horsepower and a noise to die for.

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BMW M5 Competition

The new M5 uses a reworked version of the M-developed V8 first seen in the 2009 BMW X5 and X6 M SUVs. It's a 4.4-liter twin-turbo unit making 617 horsepower in Competition spec. And unlike in the previous M5, it's sending that thrust to all four wheels rather than just the rear axle.

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<p>You'll get people swearing their lives on V8 engines. Maybe you're one of them. You won't hear anything against the V8—not flat-sixes, V6s, straight-sixes, V10s, or V12s—none of them. But are they actually the best always?</p>
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Cadillac CTS-V

It's a Corvette with four doors and a Cadillac badge. And 10 fewer hp, which gives the CTS-V a still-respectable 640 hp. Nail the throttle and watch the scenery melt into a blur while the supercharger whines and the V8 thunders. Definitely not an experience to pass up on.

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Chevrolet Corvette ZR1

Ridiculously fast and relatively affordable ($119,995), the ZR1 is probably one of the best bang-for-your-buck deals of the century. GM's LT5 supercharged V8 pumps out 755 hp. It's loud, it's brash. Get it in yellow.

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Ferrari 488 Pista

The 488 Pista is Ferrari's latest mid-engine offering, a successor to the hardcore, track-ready 458 Speciale. Its 3.9-liter twin-turbo V8 makes an incredible 711 horsepower, nearly 70 more than the 488 GTB.

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McLaren 720S

This is McLaren's premier offering in the Super Series. It's a lightweight, carbon-fiber supercar that has a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8. But don't let the relatively small size of the engine fool you: It makes 710 hp without breaking a sweat. It's also our 2018 Performance Car of the Year.

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Dodge Challenger SRT Demon

If you don't know the Demon's horsepower figure by heart, you've been living under a rock. A laughter-inducing 840 hp is the result of the 6.2-liter supercharged Hemi V8, so you can run away from just about anything. We can't say you'll do it quietly, though.

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Koenigsegg will debut the production version of the Regera at this year's show, as well as the final version of the Agera. Both will have more than 1000 horsepower, because would you expect anything less from our favorite Swedish supercar maker?
Koenigsegg Regera

The Regera has 1500 hp total, with the V8 on its own. It's famous for having no gearbox, and Koenigsegg has said that it will only build 80 examples.

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Koenigsegg One:1

The One:1's twin-turbo 5.0-liter V8 pumps out an incredible 1340 hp—which is where it gets its name. It weighs 1340 kg, which gives it a perfect 1:1 power to weight ratio. It's really not that surprising, then, when you learn that it's set a lap record at Spa-Francorchamps.

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