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I know a straight-8 isn't the most practical engine in terms of packaging but god are they pretty, especially Duesenberg's. With a supercharger it was good for a scarcely belivable 320 hp back in the 1930s.
One of the most successful race engines of all time is also one of the most beautiful. It powered countless Formula 1 Championships, Indy 500s, and 24 Hour Of Le Mans wins and looked fantastic doing so.
I don't think there's any other engine that has become a cultural icon like the V Twin. Most engines are hidden away from the world but this simple, elegant motor is always on display, even if it doesn't exactly sound beautiful.
Everything Horacio Pagani puts on his cars is a work of art and the hand built AMG V12 is no exception. I wouldn't even care if it was slow – it's just so good looking.
Suggested By: Crest, Photo Credit: Pagani
Radial engines are always stunning, and the Wasp is easily one of the greatest. Pratt & Whitney made many variants and all are very lovely, like the Wasp Major pictured
Hardly do we ever get excited about a transverse V6 but leave it to Alfa Romeo to make one that tugs on our heartstrings.
All Ferrari engines are gorgeous, but the 3 liter V12 from the 250 Testa Rossa with its six carburetors, velocity stacks, and titular red heads is the most gorgeous. It's also one of the greatest sounding engines of all time.
The elegantly simple "Offy" four cylinder was one of the most dominant in American racing history with 27 Indy 500 wins. Four cylinders, dual overhead cams, four valves per cylinder and a lot of power.
The V12 in this Honda F1 car was certainly not the best performing engine but easily one of the most beautiful. It was handily surpassed by the Cosworth DFV but even that couldn't match the RA 273s beauty.
This BMW M designed V12 that powered the McLaren F1 is one of the greatest road and race engines of all time – it still is the benchmark for what a naturally aspirated engine can do 20 years after it was introduced.
It wouldn't matter if it was ugly, but it's gorgeous. A masterpiece if there ever was one.
Suggested By: Titan-E34, Photo Credit:McLaren
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