10 Coolest V6 Muscle Cars With Serious Power That Are Overlooked | Taza Khabre

In the modern era, V6 engines are often overlooked by enthusiasts due to their more efficient 4-cylinder counterparts and the thunderous roar of the V8 engine. While some people shy away from V6s because they’re smaller than V8s, many of these engines are unsung heroes that deliver a potent combination of agility and power.

These V6 engines prove that six cylinders can be just as powerful as eight, delivering better efficiency close to four cylinders. Their use in these muscle cars helps make them exciting automotive parts with raw, untamed power.

10 1998 Audi S4

Power: 247 – 261 hp

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Engine characteristics

Producer

Audi

Years of production

1997 – 2001 years

Configuration

Twin turbo V6

Moving

2.7 liters

Horsepower

247 – 261 hp

A turning point

258 – 295 lb-ft

fuel

Gasoline

Programs worth paying attention to

Audi S4 (B5)

The 1998 Audi was a second-generation power sedan with the legendary Audi Quattro all-wheel drive system and a powerful 2.7-liter twin-turbocharged V6 engine. Audi has released sedan and wagon variants, both with impressive specs. Under the hood of the B5 S4 is a twin-turbocharged 2.7-liter V6 engine with a capacity of 261 hp. and 295 lb-ft of torque. Unfortunately, due to strict emissions regulations, US-spec models had lower performance figures of 247 hp. and 258 lb-ft of torque.

The engine sent power to all four wheels via a 6-speed manual transmission or a 5-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission. The powerplant helped the S4 rocket to 60 mph in just 5.1 seconds and on to an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph.

9 2024 Audi S6 Sedan

Power: 444 hp

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Audi

Engine characteristics

Producer

Audi

Years of production

2019 to the present

Configuration

Twin turbo V6

Moving

2.9 liters

Horsepower

444 hp

A turning point

442 lb-ft

fuel

Gasoline

Programs worth paying attention to

Audi S6, Audi S7

The Audi S6 is a performance sedan with a high dose of luxury. The S6 boasts a comfortable, spacious cabin with modern technology and attractive materials. It’s a more powerful variant of the A6 sedan, boasting a twin-turbocharged 2.9-liter V6 engine. The engine produces an impressive 444 hp. and 442 lb-ft of torque. Audi pairs the engine with an 8-speed automatic transmission that sends power to all four wheels. This leads to an impressive sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.4 seconds. While the engine doesn’t perform as well as the V8, it still sounds great, giving the S6 a smooth and refined ride.

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8 1987 Buick GNX

Power: 276 hp

Buick GNX
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Engine characteristics

Producer

Buick

Year of production

1987 year

Configuration

Turbo V6

Moving

3.8 liters

Horsepower

276 – 300 hp

A turning point

360 – 420 lb-ft

fuel

Gasoline

Programs worth paying attention to

Buick GNX

In the early 80s, Buick had major image problems. Most people saw it as a brand for older people who liked comfortable rides rather than handling or performance. As its demographic aged, the brand had to find new ways to appeal to a younger, performance-oriented generation.

Buick created the GNX as a fitting farewell to the Grand National. It was a super Grand National with a simple and ambitious design. Under the hood of the GNX was the same 3.8-liter V6, but with a special T-3 turbo with a ceramic impeller. The net result was 276 hp. and 360 lb-ft of torque. Despite the modest performance figures, the GNX could offer more power, with some models getting 300 hp. and 420 lb-ft of torque. The GNX was a limited production car with a starting price of $29,900.

7 2011 Chevrolet Camaro

Power: 312 hp

Red 2011 Chevrolet Camaro LS Coupe on the road
Chevrolet

Engine characteristics

Producer

Chevrolet

Years of production

2010 – 2015 years

Configuration

V6

Moving

3.6 liters

Horsepower

312 hp

A turning point

278 lb-ft

fuel

Gasoline

Programs worth paying attention to

Chevy Camaro

The Chevrolet Camaro is an iconic muscle car that has been hunting Ford Mustang buyers for decades. For the 2011 model year, the Chevy Camaro had several engine options, ranging from a base V6 to a powerful V8.

The basic configuration included a 3.6-liter V6 engine with a capacity of 312 hp. and 278 lb-ft of torque. The engine transmitted power to the rear wheels through a 6-speed manual gearbox. While the V8-powered models offered better performance, the V6 provided more than adequate performance for most drivers and better fuel economy.

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6 2022 Dodge Challenger SXT

Power: 303 hp

Red challenger and white charger
Dodge

Engine characteristics

Producer

Dodge

Years of production

2008 – to the present time

Configuration

V6

Moving

3.6 liters

Horsepower

303 hp

A turning point

268 lb-ft

fuel

Gasoline

Programs worth paying attention to

Dodge Challenger, Dodge Charger

The Dodge Challenger is another iconic muscle car that competes with the Mustang and Camaro. This is one of the most beautiful options of this group, boasting a set of powerful engines and a spacious interior. Unfortunately, the Challenger has a slightly larger footprint, making it less nimble than the Mustang.

For the 2022 model year, Dodge offered 11 Challenger trim levels. The base SXT was available with a 303-hp 3.6-liter V6 engine. and 268 lb-ft of torque. Like its competitors, the engine sent power to the rear wheels through an 8-speed automatic transmission.

5 2023 Dodge Charger GT

Power: 300 hp

Red 2023 Dodge Charger GT AWD
Dodge

Engine characteristics

Producer

Dodge

Years of production

2011 – to the present time

Configuration

V6

Moving

3.6 liters

Horsepower

292 hp

A turning point

260 lb-ft

fuel

Gasoline

Programs worth paying attention to

Dodge Charger SXT/GT, Dodge Challenger SXT/GT

The Dodge Charger is a good old American muscle car with better practicality than the Challenger. Essentially, it’s an easy and fun-to-drive version of the two-door Challenger. For the 2023 model year, Dodge offers nine Charger trim levels, including the SXT and GT, which are equipped with the base V6 engine. These configurations use a 3.6-liter V6 engine with a capacity of 292 hp. and 260 lb-ft of torque. The engine is paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission that transmits power to the rear wheels. Dodge also offers high-performance V8 powertrains, including a 797-hp supercharged 6.2-liter.

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4 2011 Ford Mustang

Power: 305 hp

2011 Ford Mustang GT
Ford

Engine characteristics

Producer

Ford

Years of production

2005 – 2014 years

Configuration

V6

Moving

3.7 liters

Horsepower

305 hp

A turning point

280 lb-ft

fuel

Gasoline

Programs worth paying attention to

Ford Mustang

Since the mid-1960s, the Mustang has been an icon in the Ford lineup. Over the years, Ford has updated the Mustang, making it better than its predecessors with high-performance engines and modern features. For the 2011 model year, the Mustang received some tweaks to keep ahead of the revived Chevy coupe and Camaro convertible.

In the basic configuration, the 2011 Ford Mustang had a 3.7-liter V6 engine with a capacity of 305 hp. and 280 lb-ft of torque. The engine transmitted power to the rear wheels through a 6-speed manual gearbox. However, Ford also offered a new 6-speed automatic transmission with a “Hill Mode” function.

3 1989 Ford Taurus SHO

Power: 220 hp

1989 Ford Taurus SHO Front Quarter View Black
Ford

Engine characteristics

Producer

Ford

Years of production

1989 – 1991 years

Configuration

V6

Moving

3.0 liters

Horsepower

220 hp

A turning point

200 lb-ft

fuel

Gasoline

Programs worth paying attention to

Ford Taurus SHO (1st generation)

The Ford Taurus SHO was a high-performance variant of the Ford Taurus. While Ford was going to produce it in limited numbers, the Taurus SHO stuck around for four generations. The first generation Taurus SHO was produced from 1989 to 1991 and had many differences from the regular Ford Taurus.

Among the changes are different fog lights, side panels, bumpers and a Mercury Sable hood. The cabin also got an 8,000 rpm tachometer and sports seats. Under the hood of the first generation Ford Taurus SHO was a V6 engine from Yamaha with a speed of 7000 rpm. The 3.0-liter V6 produced an impressive 220 hp. and 200 lb-ft of torque. It transmitted power to the front wheels through a 5-speed manual transmission.

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2 2002 Mercedes-Benz C 32 AMG

Power: 349 hp

Mercedes C32 AMG
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Engine characteristics

Producer

Mercedes-Benz

Years of production

2001 – 2003 years

Configuration

Supercharged V6

Moving

3.2 liters

Horsepower

349 hp

A turning point

332 lb-ft

fuel

Gasoline

Programs worth paying attention to

Mercedes-Benz C 32 AMG

For decades, the AMG lineup has operated under the theory that the higher the number, the more power. However, the C 32 AMG is an exception to the rule thanks to its impressive performance. The C 32 AMG was a hot rod version of the Mercedes C Class sedan. Unlike its V8-powered siblings, the C 32 had a supercharged V6 with better performance than the C 43’s V8.

The supercharged 3.2-liter V6 produced an impressive 349 hp. and 332 lb-ft of torque. The engine sent power to the rear wheels through a 5-speed automatic transmission. AMG has updated the transmission system, making gear changes 35% faster than in the base C-Class.

1 2023 Porsche Panamera 4S E-Hybrid

Power: 552 hp

GT Silver Metallic Porsche Panamera 4S E-Hybrid
Porsche

Engine characteristics

Producer

Porsche

Years of production

2016 to the present time

Configuration

Twin turbo V6

Moving

2.9 liters

Horsepower

552 hp

A turning point

553 lb-ft

fuel

Gas/Electricity

Programs worth paying attention to

Porsche Panamera 4S E-Hybrid

The Porsche Panamera is a performance sedan with impressive handling and performance. Like most Porsche models, there is a wide range of Porsche Panamera trim levels, including some with hybrid powertrains and powerful V8 engines.

The Panamera 4S E-Hybrid is the most efficient variant with a V6 engine thanks to its hybrid powertrain. It uses a 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6 engine with electric gas, 552 hp. and 553 lb-ft of torque.

Reference list: KBB, Edmunds, Audi, Dodge, Porsche

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