What's The Most Legendary Four-Banger Of All Time?

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Last winter, we asked for your opinions on the Most Legendary V8 Of All Freakin' Time and the Most Legendary Inline Six... and then I totally spaced on what may be the most important Legendary Engine question of all!

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No problem— this way you've all had 9 months to ponder the question. Personally, I'm torn between the Offenhauser and the Ford Model T, but you don't have to go so far back in time to find plenty of four-cylinder engine legends. The Alfa Romeo Twin Cam? The Toyota R? The Volkswagen Air-Cooled? Some engine that isn't even in our Engine Of The Day Overload? What do you say?

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hammerheadfistpunch
HammerheadFistpunch

Toyota 3s. I know im late...but seriously consider this. This steel block square bore/stroke 2 liter filled cars from the first car based (and fun) suv...the rav4... to the Tom Supra gt500 car AND the Celica gt 4 rally car and road going homg special. Made in various flavors from the 120 hp 3S-FE, 170 HP 3S-GE, 220 HP 3S-GTE [which would EASILY handle power into the 400hp range] and the legendary BEAMS red and black top versions which would do 210 N/A stock hp and could be tuned pretty easily to 300 plus. Honestly if any 4 cylinder is under-aprechiated and/or legendary, i think its the 3S from Toyota. boy did it sound good too. Also, its found in this