Three Alfa Romeo engines and a Ferrari engine have made ‘The Motor Trend Engine Hall of Fame’, the Alfa Romeo ‘Busso V6, Alfa Romeo Twin Cam four-cylinder and Ferrari F140 V12.
MT says the Busso V6 is “the only V6 that could ever be loved by a hardened fan of the straight-six.” The engine, available in SOHC 2.5-liter form and later in DOHC 3.2-liter and 2.0-liter turbocharged guise (among others), occupied wide range of Alfa products from the GTV6 to the Milano. MT concludes that you’d be “hard-pressed to find a better-sounding V6,” and it’s hard to disagree.
Alfa’s inline-four, meanwhile, is loved by the publication for similar reasons. It has a “delicious, throaty snarl,” and powered many different Alfas. Its design is simple by modern day standards but was rather advanced when introduced in 1954, allowing the automaker to lean on it for quite a long time.
The Ferrari F140 V12 is a more obvious choice for the Hall of Fame, but just as deserving. The engine was introduced in the Ferrari Enzo in 2002 before moving to the 599, FF, F12 and finally, the LaFerrari. With a resume like that, it’s easy to see why Ferrari’s V12 deserves the mention.
Click here to read the full list of inductees.