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Top 5: Atmo power players

By The Whichcar team, 02 Apr 2018 Car Style

Top 5 Atmo power players

More and more manufacturers are opting for downsized engines and forced induction, but these five cars still champion the screaming naturally aspirated engine.

1. Ferrari 812 Superfast

6.5-litre V12 – 588kW
Ferrari’s flagship illustrates the potential of large-capacity, high-revving engines with a monstrous output at 8500rpm. It’s Australia’s fastest car with a top speed in excess of 340km/h.

2. Lamborghini Aventador S

6.5-litre V12 – 544kW
Lamborghini deploys the same capacity as Ferrari to reach slightly lower, though still outlandish outputs, but gets its power to the ground through AWD.

3. Audi R8 Plus/Lamborghini Huracan

5.2-litre V10 – 449kW
Audi and Lamborghini’s shared atmo engine drops two cylinders and power compared with the mighty Aventador but has an unforgettable soundtrack.

4. Aston Martin V12 Vanquish

5.9-litre V12 – 421kW
It might be as old as the hills, but Aston’s V12 is still punching like a heavyweight. Its days are numbered, though: the new twin-turbo 5.2-litre V12 will replace it.

5. Lexus RC F/LC F/GS F

5.0-litre V8 – 351kW
Developed in partnership with Yamaha, the Lexus V8 continues to flex its free-revving muscle and delicious induction note under the bonnet of three models.