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If We Give You the Engine, Can You Tell Us What Kind of Vehicle it Powers?
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Alfa Romeo V6
The Alfa Romeo V6 was introduced in 1979 as part of the Alfa 6 luxury sedan. The engine gained a reputation as one of the most reliable ever … one with a growl that makes car enthusiasts squirm with pleasure.
If it has a name like Voodoo, you know it belongs in a sports car like the GT350. This V8 monster produces more than 430hp and 429 pound-feet of torque.
Honda's K engines were introduced in 2001 and appeared in many of the company's cars, from the Civic to the RSX. The basic versions don't have much torque but they are smooth and efficient no matter how hard you push them.
The M54 is a well-known motor from BMW. It's a six-cylinder engine (made from 2000 to 2006) that appeared in cars like the 3 and 5 Series. It was built to replace the older M52, which ran from 1994 to 2000.
General Electric TF39
The General Electric TF39 was the first high-power, high-bypass jet engine ever built, used to propel large aircraft. They were first made in the 1960s and create tens of thousands of pounds of thrust.
High Feature engine
GM's line of High Feature engines (HFV6) are part of an engine family born in 2004. They've appeared in cars like the Cadillac BLS and Saab 9-3 Aero.
AMC 4.0 straight-six
The AMC 4.0 straight-six is a legendary engine that wound up in a lot of Jeep Cherokees. These engines were known to keep on running even as the rest of the vehicle rusted out around them.
PHEV (plug-in hybrid electric vehicle) is a generic term that refers to electric cars that rely on rechargeable batteries. As concerns about global warming mount, expect PHEVs to become more and more common.
CFM International CFM56
The CFM International CFM56 is one of the most common turbofan airplane engines on the planet. They've been manufactured for more than 40 years and are considered reliable and safe.
Toyota manufactures a family of JZ engines. These inline-6 engines have been around since the early 1990s and appear in cars like the Supra and and Crown.
Series 2 3800
The Series 2 3800 is six-cylinder engine that's made its way into many GM vehicles, namely Buick models like the Century and Regal. It's incredibly common ... more than 25 million have been built.
The Rolls-Royce Merlin is one of the most famous airplane engines from World War II. It was the engine critical to iconic planes like the Supermarine Spitfire and Hawker Hurricane, fighters that beat back Nazi bombers.
The Volkswagen Volkswagen TFSI (Turbocharged fuel stratified injection) engine is built into many popular cars, like the VW Golf. These engines offer ample power with very good combustion efficiency.
42 Franklin Six-Cylinder Engines
Used in both planes and helicopters, the 42 Franklin six-cylinder engines were made from the 1940s to the 1970s. They've appeared in everything from Pipers to Cessnas and a whole lot more.
Ford's EcoBoost engines use a blend of turbocharging and direct fuel injection to maintain engine power while dropping emissions. They're used in a variety of Ford cars and trucks.
Pratt & Whitney R-2800 Double Wasp
The Pratt & Whitney R-2800 Double Wasp is another important airplane engine from WWII. This 18-cylinder radial engine powered warplanes like the Hellcat and Maurader.
Gray Marine 6-71 Diesel Engine
The Gray Marine 6-71 Diesel Engine is a seaworthy version of the General Motors Detroit Diesel 6-71. It was used in a lot of landing craft during World War II.
The LS-based small-block engine from General Motors is a V8 that's common in the company's rear-wheel drive trucks and cars. Built since the mid-'90s, these engines have a very solid reputation for reliability.
Volvo makes the Drive-E family of engines for some of its cars. They're meant to be very powerful four-cylinder engines that also happen to use substantially less fuel than older configurations.
General Electric CJ610
The General Electric CJ610 is non-afterburning turbojet engine, often built into private business jets. They've been made since the 1960s and used for planes like the Hamburger Flugzeugbau HFB 320 Hansa Jet and Learjet 23.
The Toyota LR engine is a 10-cylinder monster that debuted in the Lexus LFA sports car. It might be a V10, but thanks to some creative engineering it's actually smaller than most V8 engines.
The Caterpillar C32 is a huge 32.1-liter V12 engine that's used in yachts and locomotives. This beefy engine adds nearly 7,000 pounds to whatever vehicle it's propelling.
44 Scramjet Engine
The terrifyingly powerful 44 Scramjet engine was first conceived in the WWII era and meant to powerful ultra-fast jets by allowing them to function efficiently even at neck-snapping speeds. To date, these engines are operation but still very much experimental.
The Allison V-1710 is yet another famous aircraft engine from WWII, often used in fighters like the Lockheed P-38 Lightning and P-51 Mustang. Variants with turbochargers gave Allied fighters much better performance at high altitude.
The EcoDiesel line of engines is common in Ram trucks and some Jeep Cherokees, too. Introduced in 2014, these engines have plenty of towing power, but with increased fuel efficiency.
The EMD SD40-2 is a diesel-electric locomotive that was made by a division of General Motors. They feature V16 engines that can generate about 3,000hp.
45 Rocketdyne F-1
The 45 Rocketdyne F-1 was a gigantic engine used to send NASA's Saturn V rockets into space. More than 18 feet long, it's the most powerful single-nozzle liquid-fueled rocket engine ever put to use.
Subaru is renowned for its so-called "boxer" engines, in which the pistons have a horizontal orientation instead of traditional V-shaped setup. Boxer engines are legendary for their reliability even under tough conditions.
47 General Electric GEnx Engine
The 47 General Electric GEnx Engine is a massive jet engine that's meant to be somewhat friendly to the environment. It's used on the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, a huge passenger jet.
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No, this one isn't an exotic moon rocket. It's one of the most popular Toyota motors around -- it's the 1.4-liter hybrid engine that appears in the company's popular Prius.
Before the creation of millions and millions of high-speed vehicles, we humans were a much more localized species -- now, we travel the world with ease. Can you match these engines to the vehicles they propel?
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