Whether it’s built in Italy, Japan or America, we all lust over a properly designed eight-cylinder engine, especially when they’re arranged in a V-formation. However, it’s not all beautiful pops and bangs… due to stricter emission regulations, as well as the public’s eardrums, becoming more sensitive, putting a V8 into modern sports cars is a task many manufacturers find near impossible – look at Mercedes’ new C43 for example. Looking back at some of the most important supercars ever made, we really start to long and wish we could turn back the clock.
So, in a last attempt to save the symphonic V8s from utter extinction, we’ve compiled a list that perfectly lays out the 10 cars we most desperately want to see come equipped with a V8 engine, whether it be supercharged, turbocharged, or naturally -aspirated (our favorite).
10 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk
At this point in time, all we know is that the Trackhawk will be discontinued by next year, alongside some other remarkable vehicles, but there have been some sources of information floating around that the new latest-generation Grand Cherokee will indeed receive the Trackhawk treatment.
If that happens to be the case, we can’t follow the same route as other manufacturers that water down their engines and remove a few cylinders, or opt for electric power only. If the Trackhawk name continues to live on, we demand it to be mated to a gargantuan supercharged V8 motor producing far beyond 700 hp.
9 Mercedes AMG C63
The time has come to greet one of the best-sounding V8 German-built monsters yet, the C63. No, it’s not discontinued, and most probably won’t be for the foreseeable future, but one thing is for certain, will never be the same again.
Mercedes has confirmed their new iteration of the super saloon C-Class won’t make use of a gnarly V8 motor, but rather contain a soulless four-banger that receives some assistance from an electric motor deeming it a hybrid vehicle. But just imagine a future where the C63 can go back to shattering windows and blessing eardrums…
8th Ford GT
The classic Ford GT racecar, called the GT40, was powered by a V8 engine, its resurrection from the 2000s also hid a V8 under its body, but the newest Ford GT encapsulates an V6 EcoBoost engine.
Now don’t get us wrong, the new Ford GT is a performance behemoth, but there is something peculiar missing, and we reckon it’s the two cylinders. Just imagine a new GT, or perhaps a limited-edition model that makes use of a 5.0-liter Mustang GT’s V8, we think that would be pure American bliss.
7 Ford Bronco Raptor
The new Ford Bronco has been on sale for a hot minute already, and it’s an extraordinary vehicle capable of excellent off-road, and its Raptor version has been announced recently, but there’s one thing missing… or well two things – two cylinders just like the Ford GT.
The Bronco Raptor will be powered by a 3.0-liter V6 that produces 418 hp and 440 lb-ft of torque, which means that it’ll be capable of dashing to 60 mph from a standstill in just around 5 and a half seconds, but still, it lacks the V8 grumble found in the 20th-century Broncos.
6 Maserati Grecale
An automotive niche that’s rising in popularity is the performance SUV segment. There have been some ludicrously fast SUVs that carmakers released recently like the BMW X5 M Competition, the Brabus 900 Superblack, Alfa Romeo with their Stelvio Quadrifoglio, and even Maserati themselves with the somewhat outdated Levante.
In 2022 Maserati unveiled their newest work of art called the Grecale—essentially a compact SUV—but they also stated it won’t come with a V8 engine, but rather with a twin-turbo V6. Sure, the Gercale might turn out to be a worthy contender in terms of quick, small SUVs, but it’s going to lack the symphonic Italian V8 growl we all know and love.
5 Maserati MC20
Ah, you thought there would only be one Maserati on this list now, didn’t you? Heads up, this won’t be the last one either. The Maserati MC20 is supposed to symbolize what the future of Maserati’s performance segment should look like, and judging by the looks of things, it’s enticing. Its mid-mounted twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 pumps out 621 hp to the rear wheels and allows the MC20 to achieve a 0-60 time in as little as 3 seconds.
It also is the spiritual successor to the legendary MC12, but there’s just something missing for the MC20 to be considered the world’s best baby supercar, and that’s its lack of sound. Its turbo blow-off sound does sound cool and all, but we think sourcing a Ferrari-derived V8 engine, or even a V12 one would modify the MC20’s recipe to sheer perfection
4 Ford Ranger Raptor
Here we are, in the same situation as what we were left with the Ford GT, as well as the new Bronco Raptor – two cylinders short. The Ford Ranger can be seen as a compact F-150 made for someone who loves to go off-road but doesn’t want to drive an absolute land yacht on the streets. That said, the Ranger isn’t small, and its Raptor version certainly isn’t either.
The Ranger Raptor has some aggressive fender flares, a lifted ride height, and meaty tires, and it has been said that the Raptor will be powered by a 392 hp twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V6. And once again, that might sound all good and well, but a V8 roar matched to its menacing presence would be a match made in heaven.
3 Maserati Gran Turismo
We have some heart-shattering news, the next-generation Maserati GranTurismo will not feature a V8 engine… well, it won’t feature an internal combustion engine at all by the looks of things. At this point, all we have seen is some pictures of what they call the Maserati Folgore GranTurismo, and it will boast around 1,200 hp and a 186-mph top speed.
So what makes us believe that the GranTurismo won’t be offered with a gasoline powertrain you might ask? Well, Maserati has stated that by 2025 they will offer every single one of their vehicles with an optional EV alternative, but by 2030 their entire model lineup will consist purely of EVs.
2 Alfa Romeo tonal
It’s pronounced to-na-le, not toenail; glad we could get that out of the way. As we’ve previously mentioned, Alfa makes some bonkers performance cars including the Stelvio Quadroflio, and the Tonale is their newest addition to the Italian manufacturer’s fleet. It’s a sub-compact SUV, and for the time being there isn’t one trim level that offers anything more potent than a turbocharged four-banger.
On paper, its performance figures are rather impressive too with a combined power of 275 hp and a 0-60 time of 6 seconds claimed by Alfa. But what we think would be the ultimate cherry on this Italian dessert, would be to slap in a V8 engine and push the limits of what Alfa Romeo is capable of.
1 BMW M3
Sure, the new M4 CSL is one of the best M cars the Bavarians have ever produced, but we have something else in mind… For the most part, M3s over the years only made use of an inline-six powertrain, with some exceptions like the E30 M3, and the E90 M3. Let’s pause for a second. The E90 M3 was powered by a naturally-aspirated 4.0-liter V8 engine that produced 414 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque, but more importantly, it had a redline of 8,300 rpm, and that resulted in one orgasmic exhaust note.
It’s been more than a decade since we’ve seen a V8-powered M3, and we think that a limited-edition V8-powered M3 would be extraordinary – whether it be a naturally-aspirated one, or something like the robust twin-turbocharged V8 found in the M5 CS.