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Updated: OCT 31st 2023

Ethan Jupp

The 8 best little cars with big engines

We live in a world where one of the most covetable new hypercars on the market has a 1.6-litre V6 engine. Okay, granted, the AMG One’s miniature monster mill is derived from an F1 powertrain, but the raw numbers look out of character for a big, active aero-clad, gullwing-doored racing car for the road. Remember the days – they weren’t so long ago – when many hot hatches had engines larger than three litres? Big engines in little cars. It’s always been a fun concept. Especially as we continue to watch the combustion engine be downsized – and legislated – out of existence. So let's count down some of the coolest implementations of large engines in small cars, from one-off concepts to cars you can search the classifieds for and buy today…


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