The world’s fastest and most powerful vehicles are traditionally powered by large engines, like V8s, or even larger. However, that hasn’t stopped some of the world’s auto makers from pushing the limits with smaller propulsion systems, notably the trusty V6.
The six-cylinder engine comes in a variety of shapes and sizes, as well as mechanical functions. Here we take a look at the ten fastest vehicles produced that utilizes a six-cylinder, and the differences can be seen across models. As usual, we had to disqualify vehicles with heavy modifications, or special one-offs built to achieve incredible performance and stick with models that were, or are, available on the open market. Without further ado, here are the ten fastest cars that use a six-cylinder engine, and the top speed each is capable of achieving.
10. Noble M12 GTO-3R — 170 mph:
Equipped with a Ford Duratec Alloy Twin-Turbocharged V6 engine, British car maker’s Noble’s M12 GTO-3R could hit speeds of up to 170 miles per hour. It’s quite powerful, spitting out 352 horsepower and paired with an aerodynamic exterior also helps achieve a high speed, with precision handling delivers a tight and fun driving experience.
The M12 GTo-3R can go from 0-60 in 3.5 seconds, ranking it high up the speed charts. Only a handful of these cars made it stateside during the early 2000s, so getting a glimpse of one is a rare feat.
9. Lotus Evora Sport Racer — 172 mph:
Lotus’ Evora Sport Racer is a European-exclusive sports car that can reach top speeds of 172 miles per hour and produce 345 horsepower. The Evora Sport Racer is equipped with a 3.5-liter V6 engine, and comes with a relatively low price tag of 66,000 euros.
While it’s still not a paltry sum, it is still considerably less than many other super cars and high-end sports cars that Lotus competes with. Lotus also made a six-speed manual transmission a part of the package, making the Evora Sport Racer a ton of fun to hit the open road with.