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Top 10 Best Diesel Engines Ever Made

by | Nov 11, 2022 | Best of

Legendary reliabilty is the common name of the diesel engines. Soon we will see it only in car museums. Here are the top 10 ever made:

10. Peugeot 908

The Peugeot 908 made its race debut at the opening round of the 2007 Le Mans Series season. Peugeot has an oil burner of beating any semblance of competition and surprising onlookers. Utilizing a 5.5-liter HDi diesel-powered V12 with twin turbos, the 908 puts out 730 hp and 890 Ib-ft of torque and weighs in at a featherweight 930 kg, allowing it to record a consistent 215 mph.

Peugeot 908 HDi FAP – French Diesel Power for Le Mans Victory | SnapLap

9.  Mercedes OM617

The OM617 is a straight-5 diesel automobile engine from Mercedes-Benz used in the 1970s and 1980s.  The Mercedes-buit OM617 is a straight five-unit fitted to cars from the early 1970s, right through to the mid-1990s.  The engine capacity was lowered to3.0 L 9 (2,998 cc) to satisfy engine displacement tax laws in Europe by changing the bore to 90,9 mm (3,58 in).  

Gaining a turbo in 1976 saw the engine set 16 world land speed and endurance records at the Nardo test track in Italy, whilst a further update in 1978 saw it smash a further 9. Often considered unbreakable, the OM617 is a motoring God and was ahead of its time. 

Mercedes-Benz OM617 engine - Wikipedia

8. Audi Q7 V8 Diesel

With a fuel consumption of 11.1 liters/100 – 25 mpg UK – 21 mpg US (Average), 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 6.4 seconds, a maximum top speed of 147 mph (236km/h), a curb weight of 5501 Ibs (2495 kgs), the Q7 4.2 TDI Quattro Tiptronic DPF has a turbocharged V8 cylinder engine, Diesel motor.  The Q7 model is a TT car manufactured by Audi, with 5 doors and 5 seals, sold new from year 2007 until 2009, and available after that as a used car.  

Proving that it is possible to buy a luxury seven-seater SUV with a race car-derived diesel plant, Audi released the Q7 so that those with deep pockets plant, Audi released the V12 Q7 so that those with deep pockets could scare family members in complete leather cocooned comfort. 

Audi Q7 4.2 V8 TDI SE | Autocar

7.  VAG 1.9 v8 TDI PD

Recognized as the engine that spawned an interest in diesel tuning for European tuners, modifiers, and car fanatics, the humble VAG 1.9 PD provided solid and highly adaptable platform for those seeking big power.  Skoda claims 0-62mph in 9.5 seconds, but contemporary road tests soon descovered the Fabia vRS was a fair bit faster. It may only have 126bhp, but 229Ib ft of torque (the same as a Mk1 Ford Focus RS) and a 1,31kg kerbweight means it punches well above its weight. 

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6. Alfa Romeo 2.4 JTDm

With a fuel consumption of 6.8 liters/100km – 42 mpg UK – 35 mpg US (Average), 0 to 100km/h (62mph) in 8.4 seconds, a maximum top speed of 142 mph (228 km/h), a curb weight of 3538 Ibs (1605 kgs) the 159 2.4 JTDm has a turbocharged inline 5-cylinder engine, Diesel motor.  2.4 JTDm is a favorite with buyers seeking economy, power, and affordable breathtakingly seductive Italian looks. 

Motor alfa romeo 159 brera 1.9jtdm 2.4jtdm 2.2jts Mureseni • OLX.ro

5. Trident Iceni 6.6 V8 

The Trident Iceni is a V8 sports car that runs on biodiesel and promises a combination of hypercar performance and hybrid economy Drinking biodiesel, the British-designed and made Trident Iceni is propelled along by a 6.6-liter V8 which, in standard trim, churns out an impressive 398 hp and a truck-like 700 Ib-ft of torque. 

For enthusiasts wanting even more power can opt for the performance pack, which will increase levels to 430 hp and 950 Ib-ft of torque, resulting in a 0-60 mph time of just 3.7 seconds and a top speed of that sits just below 200 mph.

Trident Iceni goes on sale, billed as the world's fastest diesel sportscar

4. Toyota Diesel Straight-Six

The 1HD-FTE is a 4.2 L (4,164 cc) straight-6 24 valve turbocharged diesel engine. Bore and stroke is 99 mm × 100 mm (3.70 in × 3.94 in), with a compression ratio of 18.8:1. Output is 167 hp (125kW; 169 PS) at 3,400 rpm with 380 N•m (280 Ib•ft) of torque at 1.400 rpm. The fuel system is direct injection and adopts the electronic fuel injection (EFI) system. Redline of this engine is 4200 rpm.  

Toyota HD engine - Wikipedia

The 4 valves per cylinder are actuated by the SOCH, by using bridges so each roker actuates a pair of valves.  Easy to work on and far more dependable than the diesel V8 that replaced it, the 1HD-FTE has become highly respected amongst off-road enthusiasts and those that demand a workhorse of an engine beneath the hood.

3. Cummins 6.7

The Cummins 6.7L Turbo Diesel is the most powerful engine option for RAM 2500 and 3500 pickup trucks. Producing up to 400 horsepower and 1,000 pound-feet of clean diesel torque, this powerhouse helps RAM deliver best-in-class towing. Paired with the AISIN AS69RC six-speed automatic, the Cummins powered RAM 3500 boasts towing capacity in excess of 31,000 pounds. 

This legendary engine provides unmatched fuel economy and class-leading 15.000-thousand-mile oil change intervals. That’s power and reliability you can always count on. 

2. BMW B57D30S0

BMW decided to call time on its amazing quad-turbo engine and M50d models.  

While V6 engines are shorter and easier to package, saving valuable above the front wheels, the protocol at BMW has always been to allow engineers to have the final say. As such, the company has remainded committed to in-line configuration of six-cylinder engines. 

BMW scoate din productie motorul diesel de trei litri cu 4 turbine! Adio B57D30S0 QuadTurbo - AUTOLATEST

A modern mechanical marvel the BMW B57D30S0 is a 5.0-liter quad-turbo diesel power plant that, when fitted in the M550D pushes out 375 hp at 4000 rpm and a massive 546 Ib-ft of torque at 2000rpm. 

1. VW/Audi V10 TDI 

The V10 TDI engine is a10-cylinder, water-cooled and supercharged 90 ° V engine with an aluminum engine block. The bearing bridge is cast in cast iron. In order to absorb the forces that occur, the block and the bearing bridge are crossed by tie rods made of steel. The forged and cracked connected to the pistons via a trapezoidal connecting rod eye trapezoidal and brass-reinforced piston pin boss. The cylinder head uses the cross-flow principle. The fuel injection takes place by means of a pump-nozzle system and two-valve technology. Both the ancillaries and two overhead camshafts are driven by spur gears. 

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A monster powerplant, the Volkswagen Group diesel V10 has been fitted to both the Touareg SUV and Phaeton luxury saloon to offer passenger plane-towing power, as demonstrated on Top Gear, in a neatly packaged road-going product.  


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