Greatest V10 Powered Sports Cars Of All Time

The V10 engine has been in existence since as early as the 1930s, when it was used in the Busch-Sulzer ICRR 9201 prototype. Since then, many companies have worked on and improved V10 engines, and while it’s not as common as V6, V8, and V12 engines, it has been used in many awesome performance cars.

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The earliest use of a V10 engine in sports cars was in the 1987 Lamborghini P140 prototype, and while it didn’t make it into production, it set the stage for other manufacturers to try it. Three years later, the first production sports car with a V10 engine was introduced – the iconic Dodge Viper. Various automakers have used V10 engines in many fantastic sports cars since then. Let’s explore ten of the best.

10 dodge viper

Let’s start with one of the greatest American sports cars of all time — the Viper. As we’ve mentioned above, the Viper was the first production sports car to be powered by a V10 engine, and it didn’t disappoint.

Under the Viper’s hood was a gigantic 8.0-liter V10 with 400 hp on tap, giving it superb performance. An eye-catching design and affordable price compared to European options also helped the Viper gain a massive cult following.

9 Lamborghini Gallardo

The ’90s decade wasn’t kind to Lamborghini. Multiple ownership changes, receivership, and poor sales almost killed the beloved Italian brand, which is why it decided to change its strategy at the turn of the century.

In 2003, Lamborghini introduced the Gallardo as its entry-level model and changed its fortunes forever. Unlike the flagship Murcielago, the Gallardo was equipped with a V10 engine, which ended up being a great decision for the brand. Over its 10-year production year, the Gallardo sold over 14,000 examples.

8th Porsche Carrera GT

Porsche was among the top European automakers that participated in the FIA ​​GT1 Championship in the ’90s. However, the German marque was forced to end its racing program, leaving many of the technologies it had developed for the program unused.

Thankfully, Porsche decided to develop a car to make use of those technologies, resulting in the venerable Carrera GT. Equipped with a race-inspired 5.7-liter V10 generating over 600 ponies, the Carrera GT was rapid. However, since it didn’t have modern driving aids like traction control and electronic stability control, it’s one of the most dangerous cars to drive.

7 Audi R8 5.2 FSI Quattro

The R8 took the auto world by storm when it debuted in 2006. Audi finally had a world-class sports car in its lineup and a good one at that. The R8 was originally sold with a V8 engine, but Audi introduced a V10-powered in 2009 to satisfy power-hungry gearheads.

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Dubbed the 5.2 FSI Quattro, this beast had a 525-hp V10 under the hood paired with Audi’s superb Quattro all-wheel-drive system. Other upgrades included the world’s first all-LED headlights, ‘V10’ badging, a Bang & Olufsen 465 watt sound system, larger brakes, and a dual-outlet exhaust system.

6 Dodge Ram SRT-10

The Ram SRT-10 is a limited edition sport pickup truck built by Dodge in the 2000s. This crazy pickup truck was built by Chrysler’s Performance Vehicle Operations division and was intended to show that pickup trucks didn’t have to be slow or boring.

At the heart of the Ram SRT-10 was the same engine used in the third-generation Viper, a monstrous 8.3-liter V10 producing just under 500 hp. With a 0-60 of 4.9 seconds and a top speed of 147 mph, the Ram SRT-10 is one of the fastest pickup trucks ever.

5 2008 Audi RS6 Avant

The second-generation Audi RS6 debuted in 2008, and just like its predecessor, there was the ‘Avant’ version. The Avant is basically an RS6 sedan in a wagon body style.

Like the 2008 RS6 sedan, the Avant was powered by a 5.0-liter V10 engine belting out 563 hp and 479 lb-ft of torque, making it the most powerful Audi ever made at the time. With a 0-60 of around 4.5 seconds, the 2008 RS6 Avant is one of the quickest wagons ever made.

4 Bristol Fighters

Britain is home to automaking giants like Jaguar, Aston Martin, and McLaren, but the country also has multiple small automakers that deserve more recognition. Bristol is one such automaker. One of Bristol’s greatest hits is the Fighter, which is a fantastic sports car introduced in the early 2000s.

The Fighter is a great example of the great things that happen when European design meets American power, as it had the same 8.0-liter V10 as the Dodge Viper. With a top speed of 210 mph, the Fighter is one of the fastest British cars ever.

3 Lexus LFA

Toyota subsidiary Lexus is known for building some of the most luxurious Japanese cars ever. However, the division isn’t just aiming to take on the luxury market, as it has the supercar market in its sights as well. The 2011 LFA showed that Lexus could make a world-class supercar.

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Every gearhead fell in love with the LFA for many reasons. For one, it had a proper supercar design that rivaled anything from Europe. It also had plenty of power, thanks to a 4.8-liter V10 with 563 hp on tap. The LFA is also a rare find, with only 500 units made.

2 2005 BMW M5

The M5 has always been the perfect car for people looking for practicality, luxury, and power. However, the 2005 M5 took things to a whole new level.

The main reason why the 2005 M5 caused a stir when it debuted was its powerplant – it was the first production sedan to have a V10 engine. The engine in question produced 500 ponies, giving the 2005 M5 a 0-60 of just over 4 seconds and a limited top speed of 155 mph. Buyers who opted for the M-driver’s package got a top speed of 190 mph, making the 2005 M5 the fastest four-door sedan ever built at the time.

1 Lamborghini Huracan

When the final Gallardo rolled out of Lamborghini’s production facilities in 2013, it was the best-selling model ever made by the marque. So, when Lamborghini was developing a successor for the Gallardo, it knew it had high expectations to meet. Thankfully, the Huracán didn’t disappoint.

The Huracán was equipped with the same Lamborghini V10 engine as the Gallardo, but with an increased displacement of 5.2 liters. The engine is tuned to deliver a maximum output of 602 hp, allowing the Huracán to blast past 60 mph in 2.5 seconds.

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