Absolutely nothing else sounds as seductive as a powerful V-8 engine at full throttle. OK, well, the burbling sounds you get from a V-8 engine right after you let off full throttle and the engine winds down is pretty seductive too. But long story short, there is much to love about a V-8 engine. And, when that V-8 engine resides in a beautifully styled and highly agile sports car, very few vehicles in the automotive spectrum are capable of delivering more pleasure.
Some of the most coveted automotive manufacturers extant have V-8 sports cars in their lineups. Indeed, the V-8 engine is the very heart of some of the world’s most noted sports cars; Chevrolet Corvette being one that comes readily to mind in this regard. Recent advances in turbocharging and direct fuel injection have made these engines more powerful than ever—while still permitting them to return relatively good fuel economy.
For its given size, a V-8 engine often delivers the best balance of performance and efficiency. While four- and six- cylinder engines may return better fuel economy, without turbocharging or direct fuel injection it is difficult for them to deliver the power output of a V8. A V12 on the other hand makes the power, but is also heavier and consumes more fuel. Thus, when huge power and relatively light weight are two of the targeted parameters, few powerplants can best the V8.