The handbuilt LS7 V-8, a race-engineered 427-cu.-in. “small” block that has been ripping and snorting its way to 505 bhp since 2006.
Ferrari’s storied 3.0-liter V-12 in Ralph Lauren’s 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO
(L’Art De L’Automobile: Masterpieces from the Ralph Lauren Collection)
Lotus’ new range of cars, which was unveiled at the Paris Auto Show last autumn, will be powered by a bespoke range of engines and not the Toyota-Lexus based units originally envisioned.
Talking to Road & Track’s European editor, Ian Adcock, at the 2011 Geneva Auto Show, Lotus CEO said that feedback from the Paris and LA shows, as well as a questionnaire to over 1000 potential customers had persuaded Lotus management team to change its engine strategy, “People didn’t want engines based on production units, they wanted unique Lotus powertrains.”
He revealed that the engines – an inline four (320-340 bhp), V-6 420 bhp and V-8 570-580 bhp – will be designed around a modular concept, with a claimed 60% commonality, allowing them to be assembled on one production line at Hethel.
At its heart, the FF is still a Ferrari.
The 6.3-liter direct-injected V-12 sends 660 bhp (at 8000 rpm) to the wheels via a 7-speed F1 dual-clutch gearbox and the 4RM awd system. The Ferrari FF boasts excellent torque, with 504 lb.-ft. on tap at 6000 rpm.
Under the new GT-R’s hood is the same VR38DETT 3.8-liter twin-turbocharged V-6 as before, but output has been increased from 485 bhp to a whopping 530 bhp, while torque gets raised from 434 lb.-ft. to 448.