The current automotive climate is seeing a lot of automakers trade in their naturally aspirated engines for turbocharging, supercharging, or a hybrid assist. But there are still stalwarts sticking to sweet, sweet natural aspiration and no battery help. Listed from lowest to highest, these are the most powerful you can buy today.
Borrowing its 6.2-liter V8 from the current Chevrolet Corvette, the Camaro SS is quick from the factory in a way most of its predecessors could only dream of being. Opt for the 1LE package for even more track-ready goodness.
You can get a Corvette with more horsepower, the 650-HP Z06, but trust us–you don't need it. The Stingray and Grand Sport are more than powerful enough for a good time. We recommend the Grand Sport with the track-focused Z07 Package.
For 2018, the Ford Mustang got a host of updates to help it better compete with the Camaro. New cylinder heads and a clever dual-injection system help the Mustang's 5.0 match the Camaro's 460 hp. Get a 2019 Bullitt Mustang, and you'll have 480 hp to play with.
It's easy to look at the Lexus GS F as a poor rival to the M5, E63, and CTS-V for its lack of a boosted V8, but what it may lack in performance, it makes up for in charm. This 5.0-liter V8 loves to rev and sounds glorious doing so.
If you want the GS F's V8 in a more affordable two-door package, Lexus offers the RC F. We think the big sedan is actually nicer handling than its coupe sibling, however.
The Lexus LC 500 uses the same 5.0-liter V8 as the GS F and RC F, but it's rated with four more horsepower. We're not sure why, but what's more significant is the fact that the LC gets a new 10-speed gearbox, where the GS F and RC F only have eight ratios to work with.
Dodge offers its 6.4-liter Hemi V8 in both the Charger and Challenger in Scat Pack and SRT 392 trims. With 485 horsepower and a wicked exhaust note, Dodge's 392-cubic-inch V8 provides pure muscle-car nirvana. Oh, and with Scat Pack models starting below $40,000, these cars are a bargain too.
The new 911 GT3 debuted a 4.0-liter flat-six similar to the one used in Porsche's 911 race cars. In the top-dog GT3 RS, this engine makes 520 horsepower and sounds incredible revving to its 9000-rpm redline. It's also the only six-cylinder on this list.
Ford went all out for the 5.2-liter V8 in the Shelby GT350 and GT350R, employing a flat-plane crankshaft for the first time in a Mustang. This engine makes huge power, but what's especially great about it is its 8250-rpm redline.
Soon, Aston's naturally aspirated 5.9-liter V12 will disappear in favor of the company's new 5.2-liter twin-turbo V12, but it still has some life left in it. In the four-door Rapide S, this engine cranks out a healthy 550 HP, but there's a more powerful version available in the Aston Martin lineup.
The Vanquish S receives the most powerful version of Aston Martin's naturally aspirated V12, offering 580 horsepower, but sadly, no manual gearbox like the departed V12 Vantage S.
The R8 V10 is one of the only Audis to remain naturally aspirated, and we're incredibly thankful for it. In V10 Plus form, the R8's V10 pumps out 610 horsepower–the same as its Lamborghini sibling, the Huracan LP610-4. Audi also sells a 540-hp version of the R8.
For the Huracan Performante, Lamborghini cranked up its 5.2-liter V10 to produce 640 horsepower. This, in combination with an innovative active aero system, makes the Huracan Performante one of the fastest cars on the planet. You can also get a regular all-wheel drive Huracan with a 610-hp V10, or a rear-wheel drive model with 570 hp.
There are very few cars that produce nearly 700 HP and offer room for three of your closest friends to ride in comfort. None except the Ferrari GTC4Lusso have a naturally aspirated V12. This 6.3-liter V12 is a masterpiece, but it's not the most powerful Ferrari motor featured here
The Ferrari 812 Superfast, with its 6.5-liter V12, is a masterpiece. We're not entirely sure how Ferrari managed to generate nearly 800 horsepower with a naturally aspirated engine, but we're sure glad it did.